Publications and Resources

Here is a list of current PSIGE publications including guidance on good practice.

Please note, publications older than five years may contain some out of date information.

PSIGE Publications

Most recent publications:

Psychological best practice in inpatient services for older people (FPOP/BPS)

Dementia Pathways - Summary of Documents (FPoP)

Alternatives to antipsychotics guidance document (FPoP/ BPS)

Guidance for commissioners of older people’s mental health services (Joint RCP/ BPS document)

Older publications:

PSIGE Press Release: Mental health organisations welcome government commitment to widening NHS access to psychological therapies [approx 36K]

Neuropsychological Test Compendium [approx 3.5MB]

Merging Services across the age range : request for information that will contribute to the care pathway for the depression group
Download the document here [approx 32K]

To merge or not to merge? That is the question. 
A survey of the PSIGE membership regarding pressure to amalgamate older adult and adults of working age services in their localities.
Download the document here [approx 53K]

Good Practice Guidelines for UK Clinical Psychology Training Providers Nov 2006 [approx 163K]

Briefing paper 5 :: Commissioning Clinical Psychology Services - services for older people, their families and other carers - BPS Website

PSIGE Trainee Capabilities Document [approx 272K]

Other BPS Publications

Dementia Strategy - BPS response Sept 2008 [approx 217K]

BPS Assessment of Capacity in Adults : Guidance for Psychologists - BPS website

Please note that the two JCHR documents following are in draft form, subject to being considered by committee and should not be circulated beyond members until confirmed.

The British Psychological Society : Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on the Human Rights of Older Persons in Healthcare : Executive Summary [approx 115K]

The British Psychological Society : Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on the Human Rights of Older Persons in Healthcare : Response Document [approx 135K]

Outcome Assessment in Routine Clinical Practice in Psychosocial Services by David Sperlinger :: Measuring Outcomes in Routine Clinical Practice: Paper 1 [approx 54K]

Measuring Psychosocial Treatment Outcomes with Older People :: Measuring Outcomes in Routine Clinical Practice: Paper 3 [approx 100K]

BPS Guidance Report 67 : Best Interests : Guidance on determining the best interests of adults who lack the capacity to make a decision (or decisions) for themselves. - BPS website

Publications from Other Relevant Organisations and Bodies

Management of depression in older people: why this is important in primary care [approx 1.16MB]

Equality in later life : A national study of older people’s mental health services
© Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection 2009.[approx 722KB]

Age Equality : What does it mean for Older Peoples Mental Health Services?
Care Services Improvement Partnership CSIP
National Older People's Mental Health Programme
Guidance Note : Everybody's Business : Integrated mental health services for older adults: a service development guide. [approx 1.66 MB]

What to do if you have concerns about an elderly person's residential care [approx 154KB]

What should I do? Suggestions for professionals when client abuse is suspected [approx 191KB]

Policy Initiatives Relating To Older Persons Mental Health [approx 34K]

Alzheimer's Society

Dementia UK
A report into the prevalence and cost of dementia prepared by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, for the Alzheimer's Society
This is a summary of key findings of the report. [approx 534K]

Department of Health

A New Ambition for Old Age
Next Steps in Implementing the National Service Framework for Older People
A Report from Professor Ian Philp, National Director for Older People [approx 690K]

A New Ambition for Old Age. A Resource Document
Next Steps in Implementing the National Service Framework for Older People
From Professor Ian Philp, National Director for Older People [approx 390K]

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

A Sure Start to Later Life
Ending Inequalities for Older People
A Social Exclusion Unit Final Report [approx 1.57MB]

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental Capacity Act Update Edition 15[approx 288K]

Mental Capacity Act Update Edition 15 Easyread version [approx 243K]

Mental Capacity Act Presentation [approx 178K]

Assessment of Capacity Guidelines: Final Draft [approx 770K]

Government Summary of Mental Capacity Act 2005 [approx 99K]

Frequently Asked Questions about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 [approx 66K]

Mental Capacity Act Update. Edition 10. November 2006 [approx 300K]

Other Documents Useful to PSIGE Members

Long Term Conditions Paper

Polly Kaiser and Jeanie Wright : Pennine Care 2006
The purpose of this paper is to : summarise the issues around Long Term Conditions and to provide questions for the Older Peoples SIG to consider.

This is done by describing: the policy context; various definitions of Long Term Conditions and the confusion around the term; the model; implications for older people with long term conditions and mental health; the role of mental health; other LTC and questions.

Download the document here [approx 91K]

PSIGE 7-8A criteria

PSIGE 7-8A criteria : Preparation for becoming an 8A Psychologist : Band 7 Specialist Psychologist to Band 8A Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Download the document here [approx 27KB]

PSIGE : Scotland : Trainee Research Documents

The PSIGE Scottish regional page features some useful documents : follow this link to the Scottish page.


Links to Specialist Resources

Age UK

Care Quality Commission

DCA website :: Publications page
Department for Constitutional Affairs - Legal Policy - Mental incapacity - Publications

Mental Health in Later Life
A site added to PSIGE :: 21st November 2005 :: The Mental Health Foundation is keen to see that people look after their mental health as they reach retirement age and as they grow older. The Foundation is also keen that where people need services, these are useful and available to anyone.