Research Article

Care management and mental health.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 20 March 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:768
  1. G Thornicroft,
  2. P Ward,
  3. S James
  1. PRiSM (Psychiatric Research in Service Measurement), Institute of Psychiatry, London.


    The community care reforms will produce a new kind of key worker who will organise and budget for packages of care: the care manager. Care management goes live in April 1993 but is still poorly rehearsed and its performance may yet disappoint. This overview sets out the origins of case management, its transformation into care management, and the principles guiding its practice. To spell out how the concept works, plans for care management in Southwark's mental health services are described.