Data revealed for the first time shows nearly three-quarters of adult patients needing community mental health care are waiting more than four weeks for treatment to start, which is the timeframe that NHS England wants to introduce as a national standard.
Figures shared with HSJ also show two-thirds of children needing community care are waiting more than four weeks from referral to treatment.
In 2021, NHS England proposed a series of new waiting time standards in mental health, including a four-week standard for non-urgent community care.
A lack of new funding, as well as data recording problems, mean the new standards have not so far been introduced, and no timeline set for implementation.
Read full story (paywalled)
Source: HSJ, 14 March 2023