NHS England reveals four hour target for mental health

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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Guidance for reporting against access and waiting time standards: Children and young people with an eating disorder; early intervention in psychosis

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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Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder: Commissioning Guide

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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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.

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Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020

Department of Health, 8 October 2014

This report shows what action the government is taking to provide better access to care in mental health services within the next year, including national waiting time standards for the first time. It also sets out its vision for further progress by 2020.

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