For a condition such as depression, the service user's journey
of care may occur predominantly in primary care, involving
secondary mental health services to a much smaller extent. As such,
the standards for depression are structured to reflect a journey of
care based on both the service user's severity of symptoms and
their complexity of need.
guidance on depression available here.
Service users with no complex needs:
Standards 33-36 outline a discrete journey of care for service
users with a diagnosis of depression whose complexity of need does
not require specialist assessment and treatment (ie for this group
of patients, the generic care standards do not apply).
Service users with complex needs:
Standard 37 addresses the needs of service users with a diagnosis
of depression whose complexity of need require a comprehensive
assessment. In such instances, the journey of care should follow
both the generic care standards and standard 37.