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Waiting times for primary and secondary mental health services (1617038)

Im looking to get a better understanding of the performance of mental health services across the UK. I appreciate there is already some data and information published, such as through the health and social care information centre (http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB20275). However, I’d like to look at the current waiting times for the various therapies which may be on offer in your area.

I appreciate there may be no ‘average’ waiting time or data that already collates an overall picture of how long people are waiting for treatment. However, there will be a referral system in place to facilitate the treatment of people via a GP or other referral mechanism in order for appointments to be made. It is this referral or ‘booking’ system I would like you to interrogate, in order to give me the current waiting time (as of a specific date) for various therapies. I’d also like you to provide the current shortest and longest waits on that referral system.

1. What is the current waiting time for treatment for talking therapies in your area in primary healthcare? Please break down the wait for each type (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area.

There is currently no waiting list for primary care talking therapies for either of the talking therapies providers. The maximum wait would be 4 weeks but it is normally much less than this. Please refer to the relevant Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) data.

2. What is the current longest wait for talking therapies in your area in primary healthcare? That is, what length of time has the person who’s been waiting the longest been waiting? Please give the wait for each type of therapy (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area.

See point 1 above.

3. What is the current waiting time for treatment for talking therapies, appointments with psychologists or psychiatrists in your area in secondary healthcare? (Please break down the wait for each type (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area.

There is currently a waiting list of approximately 6 months for secondary care psychology. The figures by modality are not available.

4. What is the current longest wait for talking therapies, appointments with psychologists or psychiatrists in your area in secondary healthcare? That is, what length of time has the person who’s been waiting the longest been waiting? Please give the wait for each type of therapy (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area.

At March 2016 there were 113 people waiting for treatment. The CCG has paid for additional posts in order to clear the waiting list and ensure an 18 week treatment pathway in future. It is anticipated that this will be in place by September 2016.
For the above questions please provide the figure for referral to first treatment waiting time, not referral to ‘assessment’ or ‘intervention’ time.
The figure is not available in relation to the waiting list currently. The intention will be an 18 weeks maximum wait for treatment from September 2016 onwards.

5. How many referrals have there been into adult mental health services in your area at

a)Primary care level and;

Primary care Talking Therapies
2013/14 4486
2014/15 5063
2015/16 4807
2016/17 Not yet available

b) Secondary care level in the calendar years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to date.

Secondary Care Psychology
NHS Calderdale does not hold this information, this would need to be requested from the provider which is South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust.

6. What is the maximum number of talking therapy sessions an adult, eligible for therapy, can receive in your area at primary and secondary care level.

There is no maximum number of sessions. Decisions are made based on clinical need.
For secondary care psychology an episode of care could be a year or more depending on the cluster assessment.
In respect of primary care talking therapies 6 sessions would normally be expected, but this is based on the individual’s needs. If people step up from step 2 to step 3 they could have 12 sessions and in certain cases more if it is considered that the talking therapies are still meeting the person’s needs.

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