When to deliver care through an ICP:
People referred to mental health services often do not have a definitive diagnosis. It is important that carefully considered assessment, care planning and early intervention take place even in the absence of a diagnosis. A generic ICP is therefore suggested as a main framework for mental health care. Condition-specific elements can be added for service users with a specific diagnosis.
These standards apply if the need for a comprehensive assessment is identified in new service users (except for depression).