Local health communities should review their existing practice in the treatment and management of PTSD against this guideline. The review should consider the resources required to implement the recommendations set out in Section 1, the people and processes involved and the timeline over which full implementation is envisaged. It is in the interests of PTSD sufferers that the implementation timeline is as rapid as possible.
Relevant local clinical guidelines, care pathways and protocols should be reviewed in the light of this guidance and revised accordingly.
This guideline should be used in conjunction with the National Service Framework for Mental Health.
Suggested audit criteria are listed in the NICE guideline. These can be used as the basis for local clinical audit, at the discretion of those in practice.