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The community-based services we regulate include healthcare and support and treatment for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or substance abuse problems.

These kind of services help people to live independently and can offer care and support for both acute and chronic conditions.

Our new approach to regulating community-based services

Last year we set out plans for a new approach to regulating, inspecting and monitoring community-based services. You can read about our new approach in detail in our provider handbooks.

A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of substance misuse services

Find out about how we're changing the way we regulate, inspect and monitor specialist substance misuse services.

A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of substance misuse services PDF | 489.85 KB

Types of community-based service

Community healthcare

  • A range of healthcare professionals other than doctors
  • Care to people in their own homes, community settings or child development units
  • District and school nurses as well as community physiotherapy, rehab and health visiting teams

Community learning disability services

  • Care for people with these kinds of disabilities using a range of approaches
  • Multidisciplinary teams of health and social care professionals
  • People who use the services may receive short-term interventions or long-term support and may also move between teams

Community mental health services

  • Care for people with mental health needs using a range of approaches
  • Multidisciplinary teams of health and social care professionals
  • Care for people subject to supervised community treatment under the Mental Health Act
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), assertive outreach, early intervention and crisis resolution teams
  • People who use these services may receive short-term interventions or long-term support and may also move between teams

Community substance abuse services

  • Care for people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol
  • Care, treatment and support to help people reintegrate into their communities
  • A broad range of health and social care professionals
  • Community drug and alcohol teams as well as criminal justice intervention teams