Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce waiting-time targets for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

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

The Government is committed to reducing waiting times for children and young people with mental ill health.

Following the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, in 2016 we introduced two waiting time standards. The first aims for 95% of children (up to 19 years old) with eating disorders to receive treatment within a week for urgent cases and four weeks for routine cases. The second is that 50% of patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis receive treatment within two weeks of referral.

In the Children and Young People’s Green Paper published jointly with the Department for Education, we also announced a four week waiting time to improve access to National Health Service mental health services, which we are rolling out in a number of trailblazer areas as a pilot, alongside the new mental health support teams, with a view to rolling out waiting times nationally.

The NHS Long Term Plan goes further with the goal of an extra 345,000 children and young people aged 0 -25 receiving support via NHS-funded mental health services by 2023/24. This includes a one hour target for young people arriving in accident and emergency experiencing a mental health crisis to be given an assessment.

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