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New from Department of Health – Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020

13th October 2014

New from Department of Health – Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020

This document sets out a pathway from Government to deliver “Closing the Gap”and “No Health Without Mental Health” This will enable the setting of access and waiting time standards – the first of their kind in mental health services. For example the pathway states  we would like to see rapid access to services within 24 hours for post-partum psychosis, in the perinatal period for women who have a mental health condition as well as a 95% referral take up to IAPT services within 6 weeks from referral.

The pathway also set out that they will consider developing an access and/or waiting standard for rapid access to mental health services for women in pregnancy or in the post natal period with a known or suspected mental health problem.

A clear strategy for improving the commissioning of specialised mental health care will be developed, including secure mental health services, perinatal mental health services…click here for full report