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New Pilot Waiting Time Targets For CAMHS

NHS England have announced plans to pilot new waiting time targets for children and young people’s mental health services.

 

NHS England have announced plans to pilot new waiting time targets for children and young people’s mental health services.

These include:

  • A four week waiting time target for children and young people who need specialist mental health services
  • A one hour target for young people arriving n A&E experiencing a mental health crisis to be given an assessment

A report published last week by NHS Providers suggested that community CAMHS is the most overstretched area of the mental health system.

In a survey of Mental Health Trust leaders, four out of five (81%) said that their trust was unable to meet the demand for community CAMHS. More than half (58%) said that waiting times for community CAMHS were increasing.

Our Chief Executive, Emma Thomas, says: “We welcome the proposal to pilot these targets, particularly the waiting time target for access to specialist mental health support, which is included for the very first time. At the moment, far too many young people with mental health problems are left waiting months for support, which can have devastating consequences – so achieving the standards on waiting times is critical.”

We welcome the proposal to pilot these targets, particularly the waiting time target for access to specialist mental health support.
Emma Thomas, Chief Executive

“The government promised extra funding for children’s mental health as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, and this will be essential if these targets are to be met. We also need to see action to tackle the workforce crisis and effective implementation plans.”

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