Rethink Mental Illness, November 2018
This report sets out a clear picture of the significant gap in access to health services for people severely
affected by mental illness based on a survey with 1,600 respondents. It identifies:
- Average wait time for an assessment is 14 weeks
- 56% of respondents believe they are not receiving treatment in adequate time
- 30% asked for a service that was unavailable
- 28% believe they were not referred by GP to an appropriate service
- 51% felt that they received this support for a sufficient and appropriate time.
- At least 20 people talked about having attempted or thought about suicide due to lack of services
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Health Services Journal, September 2016
Mental health services will be expected to treat patients in crisis within four hours as part of a new waiting time target for the sector mirroring the acute accident and emergency standard, NHS England has revealed.
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NHS England, March 2016
This document aims to explain how the indicators for the referral to treatment waiting time elements of the two standards are constructed and confirms the data that will need to be submitted as part of the new Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) to measure progress and inform future development.
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NHS England, August 2015
The primary aim of this document is to deliver guidance on establishing and maintaining a community eating disorder service. This guide is aimed primarily at commissioners, referrers and providers of eating disorder care who are required to agree service development and improvement plans as part of the contracting process. It sets out how to prepare for the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder.
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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.
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