To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve waiting times for mental health treatment assessments in Newcastle upon Tyne.
9 June 2021
We recognise the impact of the pandemic on mental health services. To improve referral to treatment assessment times for adult mental health services in Newcastle upon Tyne, a robust triage rota has been put in place, along with a revised approach to booking assessment appointments and clearer route to step 4 pathway for patients with more complex presentations. In addition, more staff have been recruited and options explored around improving access including digital options to ‘self screen’.
Nearly £750,000 was earmarked in 2020-21 for improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service improvements and waiting list initiatives, and the benefits from this are expected to be seen during the current year. In addition, the Clinical Commissioning Group has earmarked over £600,000 for investment in dementia and older people crisis services to meet demand and alleviate service pressures.
For children and young people’s mental health services, over £900k additional funding has been provided to Voluntary Sector providers 2020/21 to increase the support to children and young people in addressing their ongoing mental health needs.