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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people under-18 years olds waited longer than four weeks to access CAMHS services in the last 12 months (a) in each region and (b) nationally.

Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the average waiting time was between referral and second contact for children accessing CAMHS in each Care Commissioning Group area in 2018-2019.

Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for children accessing CAMHS in each region in the last 12 months.

Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for people under the age of 18 needing Tier 3 CAMHS to start treatment following an initial assessment in each (a) Care Commissioning Group area and (b) NHS trust area in the last 12 months.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The information is not collected in the format requested. However, we have introduced two waiting times for children and young people: 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, and for 56% of patients of all ages experiencing a first episode of psychosis to receive treatment within two weeks of referral. We are on target to meet these aims by 2020/21.

Quarterly data and trend indicators on these two waiting time targets is available through the Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard.

A national access and waiting times standard for wider child and adolescent mental health services has not yet been defined.

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