To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people referred to consultant-led mental health treatment were seen within 18 weeks.
There is no centrally held information on waiting times for consultant-led mental health treatment.
The Referral to Treatment (RTT) 18 week waiting time standard does apply for mental health, but only when:
- a referral is made to a medical consultant-led mental health service, regardless of setting; or
- a general practitioner (or other referrer) makes their intention to refer to a medical consultant (e.g. a consultant psychiatrist) known, even though they may refer through a mental health interface service.
Mental health treatment is often not consultant-led, so much mental health activity will be outside the scope of consultant-led waiting times. It is not possible to derive waiting times for consultant-led mental health treatment from the data that we do collect on the RTT standard.