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Mental Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 164840, tabled on 17 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability and waiting times for therapeutic services for mental health conditions in (a) the UK and (b) Birmingham.

Answered on

24 July 2018

The Government is committed to reducing waiting times for mental health therapies across England.

Performance against Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) waiting time standards continues to improve and we are consistently exceeding the targets. According to the latest data from April 2018, 98.9% of those people completing treatment waited less than 18 weeks for their treatment to start in England against a target of 95%, and 89.4% of people completing treatment waited less than six weeks against a target of 75%.

By 2020/21, we have set a target that at least 25% of adults with common mental health conditions will access IAPT services each year.

Updates on clinical commissioning group (CCG) performance against waiting times and access targets, including for Birmingham CCGs, are published on the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Dashboard.


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