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Guidance on new mental health standards published


17 February 2015

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NHS England has set out guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.

Last October, NHS England and the Department of Health announced the measures in ‘improving better access to mental health services by 2020’.

 

NHS England has set out guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.

Last October, NHS England and the Department of Health announced the measures in ‘improving better access to mental health services by 2020’.

NHS England’s guidancefor clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) explains the case for change in four areas. The guidance sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during the year ahead working with providers and other partners.

It sets out how commissioners and providers can begin to prepare for implementation of the new early intervention in psychosis and liaison mental health standards. It says plans need to be submitted about how local commissioners will meet the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) standard for people with depression and anxiety disorders. It also updates on funding for eating disorders services.

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