The history of PCMIS:
PCMIS is based at The University of York. Founded in 2006 by Byron George, PCMIS Director, the system was developed in collaboration with mental health researchers in the Health Sciences Department at the university.
Since the development of PCMIS, the Health Sciences Department is now home to the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG); a leading multidisciplinary research group that models, develops, measures and tests new ways of organising treatment for people with mental health problems. The group’s ongoing research covers stepped care and collaborative care models, and guided self-help treatments for common mental health problems. Work is funded by the Medical Research Council, the Department of Health's Health Technology Assessment and the Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) programme funding streams.
PCMIS was the first evidence-based case management system in the UK. It was chosen to be the case management system used at the very first Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) pilot site at Doncaster, handling approximately 4000 referrals with 99.6% data completeness and over 50% recovery rate. Having been awarded the contract by the Department of Health to deliver the IAPT Pathfinder service, PCMIS was used nationally across England. This experience meant that PCMIS helped to influence and shape the national IAPT minimum data set, underpin evidence for a £170m national rollout and set the benchmark for recovery rates and data quality for IAPT services. Research involving PCMIS has also influenced the IAPT Payment by Results Tariff.
The team has developed and expanded since the creation of PCMIS and we now have account managers, as well as development, support, administration and marketing teams. We have stayed with the University, and kept our strong links with the research team which gives us a level of access to current mental health research which is unique in the market. You can read more about these links on our Research page.
Choosing PCMIS means you benefit from an experienced, pioneering team and a dependable, innovative and rigorously tested case management system. For more information about how PCMIS can help your particular service, visit our Services section, or contact us today.