Part 2 - Coordination of and Care Treatment Planning for Secondary Mental Health Users

The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 which was introduced by the Welsh Government in March 2010 and received Royal Approval in December 2010.

The measure will make a number of important changes to the current legislative arrangements in respect of the assessment and treatment of people with mental health problems in Wales.

A Measure is a piece of law made by the National Assembly for Wales. It has similar effect to an Act of Parliament.

The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 sets out new statutory provisions in the following 4 distinct areas:

Care Coordination and Care and Treatment Planning

This part of the Measure places duties on service providers (Health Boards and Local Authorities) to act in a coordinated manner to improve the effectivesness of the mental health services they provide to an individual. 

The Measure will require there to be a care and treatment plan for service users of all ages who have been assessed as requiring care and treatment within secondary mental health services.  Each care and treatment plan will:

  • Be developed by a care coordinator in consutlation with the service user and mental health service providers

  • Outline the expected outcomes of services, and the how those outcomes are to be achieved

  • Be in writing

  • Be kept under review and may be updated to reflect any changes in the type of care and treatment which may be required by the service user over time

Further information on the Mental Health (Wales) Measure is available from:

Alternatively, contact WaMH in PC via email at or on 029 2050 4516.