Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

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.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

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.

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