'Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020'

The Department of Health published Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020 on 8 October 2014.

The policy document announced an £80m investment in mental health services and set out waiting time standards for mental health services that would come into effect from 1 April 2015.

These standards were as follows:

  • 75% of people referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme should be treated within 6 weeks, and 95% should be treated within 18 weeks
  • more than 50% of people experiencing a first episide of psychosis should be treated within 2 weeks.

Introducing the first national waiting time standards for mental health services was part of the government's plan for achieving parity of esteem for mental and physical health services by 2020.

Source(s)

Department of Health.
Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020.
Department of Health; 2014.