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Vale of York makes £290k mental health investment

Vale of York makes £290k mental health investment


Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) has invested £290,000 in improving services for people with severe mental health problems. 

The investment will be used to fund eight therapy practitioners, who will be used to tackle the waiting list. 

Last year more than 500 people were waiting to access mental health services. 

David Smith, then chief executive of mental health charity York Mind said the situation was "an absolutely shocking situation for us to be in in the 21st century". 

This year, close to 80 people are currently on a 15-month waiting list for high-intensity therapy for conditions such as severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, with an additional 23 people on a three-month waiting list for mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

There are also 132 people on a two-month waiting list for psychological assessment. 

Rachel Potts, chief operating officer at the CCG told the local paper: "Recent conversations with the local community have have highlighted that quality mental health services are a priority in the Vale of York.

“In line with the priorities of our stakeholders and the CCG’s commitment to improve the quality of care for people with mental health conditions in the Vale of York, we are delighted to confirm that the CCG has increased funding for IAPT services.”

Jill Copeland, chief operating officer and deputy chief executive for Leeds and York Partnership NHS foundation trust, said: “Staff at Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust have worked extremely hard to improve access to our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in York over the past year.

"We are delighted with the recent decision by the Vale of York CCG to commit additional funding for IAPT services in York and North Yorkshire.

"We are in the process of recruiting eight new practitioners with the aim of doubling the number of service users who are able to access the service by the end of the year.”


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