3 Implementation in the NHS

3.1 Resource implications

Local health communities should review their existing practice for OCD and BDD 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 people with OCD and BDD that implementation 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.

Information on the cost impact of this guideline in England is available on the NICE website and includes a costing template that local communities can use.

3.2 General

The Department of Health considers implementation of clinical guidelines to be a developmental standard and this will be monitored by the Healthcare Commission. The implementation of this guideline will build on the National Service Framework for Mental Health in England and Wales and should form part of the service development plans for each local health community in England and Wales.

This guideline should be used in conjunction with the National Service Framework for Mental Health.

3.3 Audit

Suggested audit criteria are listed in Appendix D, and can be used to audit practice locally.