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Determining local service levels for a service for the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults

Benchmarks for a standard population

Available data suggest that the indicative benchmark rate for the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults is 0.5%, or 500 per 100,000 population, aged 18 years and older per year.

For the purpose of this commissioning guide the adult population has been defined as people aged 18 years and older. Approximately 80% of the population in England is aged 18 years and older.

For a notional primary care trust population of 250,000 (of whom around 200,000 are aged 18 years and older), the average number of people needing a schizophrenia service would be around 1000 per year (0.5% of the population aged 18 years and older).

For an average practice with a list size of 10,000 (of whom around 8000 are aged 18 years and older), the average number of people needing a schizophrenia service would be around 40 per year (0.5% of the population aged 18 years and older).

These figures vary depending on the local prevalence of schizophrenia, which is known to be affected by several factors including social deprivation and ethnicity[1].

Examine the assumptions used in estimating these figures.

This service is likely to fall under the programme budgeting category 205C (mental health disorders - psychotic disorders).

Use the service for the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults commissioning and benchmarking tool to determine the level of service that might be needed locally and to calculate the cost of commissioning the service using the indicative benchmark and/or your own local data.

Further information

Sources of further information to help you in assessing local health needs and reducing health inequalities include:

References

1. McCrone P, Dhanasiri S, Patel, A et al. (2008) Paying the price: the cost of mental health care in England to 2026. London: The King's Fund

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