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NHS England Guidance on New Mental Health Standards Published Today

NHS England has set out guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.

In October, NHS England and the Department of Health announced the measures in Improving better access to mental health services by 2020.

The guidance, out today for CCGs, explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during the year ahead working with providers and other partners.

It sets out how commissioners and providers can begin to prepare for implementation of the new early intervention in psychosis and liaison mental health standards. It says plans need to be submitted about how local commissioners will meet the new IAPT standard for people with depression and anxiety disorders. It also updates on funding for eating disorders services.

NHS England, February 2015 for more details on the guidance visit:

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England states "The introduction of the access and waiting time standards for mental health marks the start of a new era in England’s mental health services and in its healthcare system. It is the start of the end of the low levels of access to effective care and treatments for so many people who live their lives in distress and despair. It is an indication of a society, and healthcare system that now recognises that a great deal of mental ill health can be prevented. That access to care at the early stage of illness offers real opportunities for recovery. That our treatments are effective. That people with mental ill health, deserve and benefit from excellent care that enables them to develop their potential, live with hope, and contribute to their communities with the insights gained from the experience of illness and recovery."



13 February 2015


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