2 Notes on the scope of the guidance

2 Notes on the scope of the guidance

All NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope document that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline was established at the start of the development of this guideline, following a period of consultation.

This guideline is relevant to PTSD sufferers, to their carers, and to all healthcare professionals involved in the help, treatment and care of PTSD sufferers. These include the following.

  • Professional groups who share in the treatment and care of people with a diagnosis of PTSD, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, community psychiatric nurses, social workers, practice nurses, secondary care medical staff and paramedical staff, occupational therapists, pharmacists, paediatricians, other physicians, general medical practitioners and family/other therapists.

  • Professionals in other health and non-health sectors who may have direct contact with or are involved in the provision of health and other public services for those diagnosed with PTSD. These may include prison doctors, the police and professionals who work in the criminal justice and education sectors.

  • Those with responsibility for planning services for people with a diagnosis of PTSD and their carers, including directors of public health, NHS trust managers and managers in primary care trusts.

The guidance does not specifically address treatments that are not normally available on the NHS.