Guidance to support the introduction of access and waiting time standards for Mental Health services in 2015/16

NHS England, 13 February 2015

NHS England has set out guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.

In October, NHS England and the Department of Health announced the measures in the report Improving better access to mental health services by 2020.

NHS England’s guidance explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during the year ahead working with providers and other partners.

It sets out how commissioners and providers can begin to prepare for implementation of the new early intervention in psychosis and liasion mental health standards.  It says plans need to be submitted about how local commissioners will meet the new IAPT standard for people with depression and anxiety disorders.  It updates on funding for eating disorders.

Click here for further information and to download the report.