Mental Health – Talking Therapies

I’m looking to get a better understanding of the performance of mental health services across the UK. I appreciate there is already some data and information published, such as through the health and social care information centre (http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB20275). However, I’d like to look at the current waiting times for the various therapies which may be on offer in your area.

I appreciate there may be no ‘average’ waiting time or data that already collates an overall picture of how long people are waiting for treatment. However, there will be a referral system in place to facilitate the treatment of people via a GP or other referral mechanism (social services, 3rd sector etc.) in order for appointments to be made. It is this referral or ‘booking’ system I would like you to interrogate, in order to give me the current waiting time (as of a specific date) for various therapies. I’d also like you to provide the current shortest and longest waits on that referral system.

Under the freedom of information act please provide me with the following information for your area.

Please also confirm receipt of this request as soon as possible.

1. What is the current waiting time for treatment for talking therapies in your area in primary healthcare? Please break down the wait for each type (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area. As an Acute Trust, the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSCH) does not provide primary healthcare services. These are provided by GPs.

2. What is the current longest wait for talking therapies in your area in primary healthcare? That is, what length of time has the person who’s been waiting the longest been waiting? Please give the wait for each type of therapy (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area. As an Acute Trust, the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust does not provide primary healthcare services. These are provided by GPs.

3. What is the current waiting time for treatment for talking therapies, appointments with psychologists or psychiatrists in your area in secondary healthcare? (Please break down the wait for each type (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area. Not applicable as the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust does not provide these services. (They are locally provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

4. What is the current longest wait for talking therapies, appointments with psychologists or psychiatrists in your area in secondary healthcare? That is, what length of time has the person who’s been waiting the longest been waiting? Please give the wait for each type of therapy (or ‘choice of modality’) which is available in your area. Not applicable as the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust does not provide these services. (They are locally provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

For the above questions please provide the figure for referral to first treatment waiting time, not referral to ‘assessment’ or ‘intervention’ time.

5. How many referrals have there been into adult mental health services in your area at a) primary care level and b) secondary care level in the calendar years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to date. Please break referrals down into talking therapies and overall mental health referrals, if possible. These services are not provided by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. (They are locally commissioned by NE Hampshire & Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group).

6. What is the maximum number of talking therapy sessions an adult, eligible for therapy, can receive in your area at primary and secondary care level. These services are not provided by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. (They are locally commissioned by NE Hampshire & Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group).

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