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Mental Health Services

Question for Department of Health

UIN 51092, tabled on 31 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued on acceptable waiting times for patients prescribed talking therapies by their GP.

Answered on

7 November 2016

Talking therapy services are provided through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, led by NHS England. There are a number of routes into the programme including general practice referral and self-referral. The programme aims to ensure that services provide treatment within six weeks for 75% of people referred to the programme, and that 95% of people are treated within 18 weeks. These waiting time standards were introduced by the government from 1 April 2015.