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Neuromuscular Disorders: Mental Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 78466, tabled on 19 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the mental health recovery plan will set out specific measures to support access to mental health support for people with neurological conditions.

Answered on

24 November 2021

We have no plans to do so. However, the NHS RightCare progressive neurological conditions toolkit states that patients with a neurological condition will be offered a regular opportunity to review their emotional and psychological status and supported to access information and services to support their mental health when needed. Commissioners are encouraged to ensure local pathways include an assessment and ongoing support of patients’ mental and psychological wellbeing. Health and social care practitioners should also receive ongoing training to understand the emotional, cognitive and psychological needs of patients.

On 27 March 2021 we published our Mental Health Recovery Action Plan, with an additional £500 million investment in 2021/22, to address waiting times for mental health services, including for patients with neurological conditions.

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