NICE endorses Healios’ family intervention manual

NICE endorses Healios’ family intervention manual

Healios is pleased to announce that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have endorsed the Healios’ family intervention service manual.


The endorsement from NICE, a world-leading organisation which many countries look to for guidance, represents a significant milestone for Healios, validating its goal to deliver the highest clinical standards for people and their families affected by mental illness, including the many NHS, social, charitable and private organisations who have commissioned its services.

NICE completed a systematic and comprehensive review of the submission which included the Healios family intervention service manual, the Healios five-tier supervision and quality control model and the routine measurement of outcomes.

Healios’ service is being commissioned by NHS Trusts/CCG’s across the country supporting local transformation plans. This follows the increased priority placed on mental health through such measures as the Parity of Esteem, Early Intervention in Psychosis Access and Waiting Time Standards and the NHS England’s ‘The Five Year Forward View’. These measures focus on how to design services that increase access, choice and convenience to evidence-based interventions in a sustainable way, in an environment where demand is growing and pressure mounts to resolve the £2bn budget deficit.

David Kingdon, Professor of Mental Health Care Delivery at University of Southampton stated “This is a major step forward in supporting and treating those with mental illnesses. I commend Healios for receiving this endorsement which provides greater choice and accessibility for people with severe mental illness and their families to high quality resources recognised by key institutions such as NICE.”

“To be endorsed by NICE is the ultimate seal of approval for any treatment,” commented Lars Hansen, consultant psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer at Healios. “Receiving independent and unbiased recognition following rigorous scrutiny is a significant boost to our team and one we are very proud of. We are delighted for this official endorsement that supports our efforts to ensure many more people are able to benefit from evidence-based family intervention.”