£290k injection to cut therapy waiting times

Julian Sturdy: Constituent

Julian Sturdy: Constituent

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PEOPLE with severe mental health problems in York and Selby are still waiting more than a year for help - but an investment of £290,000 has been made to improve the service.

Some 78 people are currently on a 15-month waiting list for high-intensity psychological therapy for conditions including severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A further 23 people are on a three month waiting list for treatment - for conditions including mild and moderate depression and anxiety - and 132 people are waiting two months for assessment to establish the kind of treatment they need.

However, while waiting times remain long, the backlog of people requiring treatment is improved from a year ago when more than 500 people were waiting for psychological therapies in a situation condemned as an “absolutely shocking situation” by a mental health expert.

A new investment of £290,000 from the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group will fund eight new therapy 'practitioners' currently being appointed to address the waiting list.

Jill Copeland, chief operating officer and deputy chief executive for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which runs mental health provision in York and Selby, 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 Clinical Commissioning Group 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.”

Last September David Smith, then chief executive of the charity York Mind, described the volume of people waiting months for help with mental health problems as “an absolutely shocking situation for us to be in in the 21st century" and York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said he was looking into the matter on behalf of his constituent.

Rachel Potts, the CCG’s chief operating officer, said: “Recent conversations with the local community 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.”

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9:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

Cryptic says...

May these people now get the help they need
May these people now get the help they need Cryptic
  • Score: 16

9:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

asd says...

Unfortunately it tends to be Cognitive Behavior Therapy which is short term and is not a long term solution. Mental health in UK is roughly 10 - 15 years behind the USA and it will get worse with underfunding. Mental health in UK is a disgrace and all governments past and present should hang their heads in shame.
Unfortunately it tends to be Cognitive Behavior Therapy which is short term and is not a long term solution. Mental health in UK is roughly 10 - 15 years behind the USA and it will get worse with underfunding. Mental health in UK is a disgrace and all governments past and present should hang their heads in shame. asd
  • Score: 21

9:40am Tue 26 Aug 14

Digeorge says...

About time! I was on that list for years thanks to YDH and LGI and the transfer of my medical care between 2009-2014, what a disgrace it all is and the heart surgery issues and how they treat people when a child dies and the cover-up that goes on. I am not the only parent who has been treated this way.

Thanks but it is those hospitals and certain consultants that caused my post-traumatic stress disorder as has the LGI massively. I was actually working, I am now not.

I had actually come to terms with my son's death but to find in 2012 that he was one of the children that could never have been operated on at Leeds, shocking as to to find out the numerous infections that he was born with (never told properly) in 1992 in 2012 and what they were even more distressing considering that I was under the care of the LGI. Coupled with the restless press coverage not stating the issues properly about complex heart surgery and what they can and can't do.

Well I hope the Ombudsman cases reveal all as all of this including the woeful lack of a multidisciplinary clinic to deal with the whole clinical/psychiatric issues which I have also had to fight about.

Could my counsellor please be paid?
About time! I was on that list for years thanks to YDH and LGI and the transfer of my medical care between 2009-2014, what a disgrace it all is and the heart surgery issues and how they treat people when a child dies and the cover-up that goes on. I am not the only parent who has been treated this way. Thanks but it is those hospitals and certain consultants that caused my post-traumatic stress disorder as has the LGI massively. I was actually working, I am now not. I had actually come to terms with my son's death but to find in 2012 that he was one of the children that could never have been operated on at Leeds, shocking as to to find out the numerous infections that he was born with (never told properly) in 1992 in 2012 and what they were even more distressing considering that I was under the care of the LGI. Coupled with the restless press coverage not stating the issues properly about complex heart surgery and what they can and can't do. Well I hope the Ombudsman cases reveal all as all of this including the woeful lack of a multidisciplinary clinic to deal with the whole clinical/psychiatric issues which I have also had to fight about. Could my counsellor please be paid? Digeorge
  • Score: 13

9:46am Tue 26 Aug 14

Digeorge says...

What people with mental health problems also do not need to be targeted for is 'learning difficulties' when they don't have any! Frankly my 'testing' was a non-sense, but then again that was more to do with historical false allegations than to do with that I have learning difficulties.

My 'executive functioning' what a ruddy farce when I can stand up in court, it is really strange how my University don't think like that!! My 1sts lol!!! And my shorthand, Prizes, published papers for the very thing they wished to target me for!!! I already have a degree……!

Most of us too who have lost children who have been falsely targeted have very serious medical issues namely genetic but the stress of all this has been the limit.
What people with mental health problems also do not need to be targeted for is 'learning difficulties' when they don't have any! Frankly my 'testing' was a non-sense, but then again that was more to do with historical false allegations than to do with that I have learning difficulties. My 'executive functioning' what a ruddy farce when I can stand up in court, it is really strange how my University don't think like that!! My 1sts lol!!! And my shorthand, Prizes, published papers for the very thing they wished to target me for!!! I already have a degree……! Most of us too who have lost children who have been falsely targeted have very serious medical issues namely genetic but the stress of all this has been the limit. Digeorge
  • Score: 9

9:51am Tue 26 Aug 14

CaroleBaines says...

Welcome development but the cuts have really really hurt mental health provision. Whoever wins the next general election needs to address this area, depression and anxiety are reaching epidemic levels.
Welcome development but the cuts have really really hurt mental health provision. Whoever wins the next general election needs to address this area, depression and anxiety are reaching epidemic levels. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 21

9:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

chickpea says...

£290k is a drop in the ocean compared to what York really needs to improve mental health services. Perhaps now people will be assessed sooner, but what is the point in that if the result of assessment is simply to turn you away and refuse help because you're deemed to be either too difficult to treat or too high functioning? How many are left isolated at home, struggling to manage day to day tasks, spiralling into debt or living in squalor, but not helped because their illness hasn't yet affected the wider community or they haven't inflicted themselves on a&e with a crisis?
£290k is a drop in the ocean compared to what York really needs to improve mental health services. Perhaps now people will be assessed sooner, but what is the point in that if the result of assessment is simply to turn you away and refuse help because you're deemed to be either too difficult to treat or too high functioning? How many are left isolated at home, struggling to manage day to day tasks, spiralling into debt or living in squalor, but not helped because their illness hasn't yet affected the wider community or they haven't inflicted themselves on a&e with a crisis? chickpea
  • Score: 15

11:31am Tue 26 Aug 14

Digeorge says...

The various mental health letters between the providers also went as part of evidence of 'non-service' to the Ombudsman.

Discrimination at its worst. Congratulations to the LGI for being such a discriminatory provider when in fact my care should be delivered in a multi-disciplinary term. It is strange too how my psychiatrist wasn't taught about 22q11.2 at medical school despite being at LGI throughout his post-grad training. I have had to teach as usual.

Even my mental health and counselling after a child's death wasn't even provided when there is 'supposed' to be genetic counselling which is ruddy useless anyway.
The various mental health letters between the providers also went as part of evidence of 'non-service' to the Ombudsman. Discrimination at its worst. Congratulations to the LGI for being such a discriminatory provider when in fact my care should be delivered in a multi-disciplinary term. It is strange too how my psychiatrist wasn't taught about 22q11.2 at medical school despite being at LGI throughout his post-grad training. I have had to teach as usual. Even my mental health and counselling after a child's death wasn't even provided when there is 'supposed' to be genetic counselling which is ruddy useless anyway. Digeorge
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Tue 26 Aug 14

NoMorePlease says...

Heard it all before, nothing new, like a cracked record
Heard it all before, nothing new, like a cracked record NoMorePlease
  • Score: -1

10:31pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mentos says...

NoMorePlease, If you mean that mental health services have been, are now and probably always be, a cinderella service, I agree. No reference to any other comment of course but if so i take the meaning
NoMorePlease, If you mean that mental health services have been, are now and probably always be, a cinderella service, I agree. No reference to any other comment of course but if so i take the meaning Mentos
  • Score: 1

11:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

NoMorePlease says...

Mentos wrote:
NoMorePlease, If you mean that mental health services have been, are now and probably always be, a cinderella service, I agree. No reference to any other comment of course but if so i take the meaning
You have lost me a bit in the last sentence. If it is an allusion to some who give their life stories when a particular subject comes up, i know where you are coming from.
[quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: NoMorePlease, If you mean that mental health services have been, are now and probably always be, a cinderella service, I agree. No reference to any other comment of course but if so i take the meaning[/p][/quote]You have lost me a bit in the last sentence. If it is an allusion to some who give their life stories when a particular subject comes up, i know where you are coming from. NoMorePlease
  • Score: -2

5:53am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bad magic says...

NoMorePlease wrote:
Heard it all before, nothing new, like a cracked record
Yeah, because people's mental health is by no means an important subject.
Stay quiet rather than being a d!ck.
[quote][p][bold]NoMorePlease[/bold] wrote: Heard it all before, nothing new, like a cracked record[/p][/quote]Yeah, because people's mental health is by no means an important subject. Stay quiet rather than being a d!ck. Bad magic
  • Score: 1
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