Our terms of reference

In carrying out our work, the Schizophrenia Commission has

  • Focused on treatment in health, social care and criminal justice settings in England while taking account of any relevant information from the other home countries and where appropriate from abroad.
  • Reviewed existing national and international research (though large-scale original research has not been undertaken)
  • Held a series of sessions receiving evidence from people with schizophrenia, their families and carers and healthcare and social care professionals. This also incorporated evidence from key stakeholder groups, including policy makers, representatives of the media and politicians.
  • Examined whether people living with schizophrenia and psychosis from all backgrounds and cultures benefit equally from the support available and identified whether different approaches are required.
  • Considered how the workforce caring for, and supporting, ┬ápeople with schizophrenia and psychosis needs to change and develop and the support required to achieve this.
  • Taken account of guidance on the treatment of schizophrenia, including NICE guidelines, and the views and experiences of people with lived experience.
  • Considered relevant parallels/comparisons with other conditions so that we can learn how they are achieving better outcomes including societal tolerance, understanding and behavior.
  • Taken account of wider Government strategies on mental health and changing structures in the NHS and elsewhere.