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Not yet seen at the end of the timebands not seen
Time period—month ending Name Total over 13 week out-patient waiters not seen after 1( st) out-patient appointment for mental health specialties Not seen 13<17 weeks Not seen 17<21 weeks Not seen 21 +weeks Not seen 21<26weeks Not seen 26+weeks

March 2004

North East London Mental Health NHS Trust

1

1

0

0

0

0

March 2004

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

9

9

0

0

0

0

March 2004

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

0

0

0

0

March 2004

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

43

43

0

0

0

0

March 2004

South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust

1

1

0

0

0

0

March 2004

East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust

9

9

0

0

0

0

March 2004

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

1

1

0

0

0

0

Note:
Previous to June 2004, the out-patients not seen were only collected for patients not seen who were waiting 13 weeks and above. Therefore no average could be calculated.
Source:
QM08NS


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Out-patient waiting list statistics for mental health specialties for London provider trusts—patients still waiting at the end of the month
Time period—month ending Name Median waiting time of patients still waiting for a 1( st) out-patient appointment for mental health specialties (in weeks)

March 2005

Bromley PCT

n/a

March 2005

Hillingdon PCT

n/a

March 2005

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

n/a

March 2005

North East London Mental Health NHS Trust

5.6

March 2005

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

4.7

March 2005

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

3.7

March 2005

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

n/a

March 2005

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

5.9

March 2005

South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust

4.9

March 2005

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

n/a

March 2005

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

3.8

March 2005

East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust

4.7

March 2005

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

7.9

March 2006

Bromley PCT

n/a

March 2006

Barnet PCT

n/a

March 2006

Hillingdon PCT

n/a

March 2006

Brent PCT

n/a

March 2006

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

4.4

March 2006

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

3.4

March 2006

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

n/a

March 2006

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

4.0

March 2006

South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust

3.4

March 2006

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

n/a

March 2006

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

3.3

March 2006

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

3.8

March 2006

East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust

4.2

March 2006

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

n/a

March 2007

Bromley PCT

n/a

March 2007

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

n/a

March 2007

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

3.1

March 2007

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

3.3

March 2007

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

n/a

March 2007

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

6.6

March 2007

South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust

3.6

March 2007

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

n/a

March 2007

Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust

3.9

March 2007

East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust

4.3

March 2007

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

n/a

September 2007

Bromley PCT

n/a

September 2007

Croydon PCT

n/a

September 2007

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

n/a

September 2007

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

2.9

September 2007

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

n/a

September 2007

South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust

2.5

September 2007

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

n/a

September 2007

Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust

2.9

September 2007

East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust

6.9

September 2007

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

n/a

n/a = not applicable.
Notes:
1. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits. In particular, specialties with low numbers waiting are prone to fluctuations in the median. This should be taken into account when interpreting the data.
2. Medians are provided for out-patients not seen with total of less than 50 because this population is too small for a statistically meaningful median to be calculated so a n/a shown in that case.
Source:
QM08NS

Mental Health Services: Standards

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to improve the quality of services for mental health patients since 1997. [175592]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Mental health was identified as a key clinical priority in “Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation”, in 1998, which set out a target to reduce suicides by one fifth by 2010. This target is included in the Department’s public service agreement.

We published the first ever National Service Framework (NSF) in England for adult mental health services in 1999. It laid down models of treatment and care which people would be entitled to expect in every part of the country and was a deliberate move to raise the profile of mental health. Since then, mental health services have been working to implement a radical programme of modernisation to improve access to effective treatment and care, raise standards and provide quicker and more convenient services.

The “NHS Plan” 2000, aimed to strengthen community care and in doing so, take pressure off acute beds. It provided an extra annual investment of over £300 million by 2003-04 to fast forward the NSF.

From 2001-02 to 2006-07, real terms investment in adult mental health services increased by 31 per cent. (or £1.2 billion)—that is £1.9 billion in cash terms. The
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national health service spent over £5.1 billion on adult mental health services in 2006-07 compared to £3.9 billion in 2001-02.

Key targets were set for service delivery on early intervention, crisis resolution and assertive outreach services and, due to the NSF and increased funding, we now have over 700 new mental health teams working in the community.

During 2006-07, crisis and home treatment teams provided 95,000 episodes of home treatment against 84,000 in 2005-06 for people who would otherwise have been admitted to hospital.

The Government have allocated an extra £130 million in 2006-07 to provide more appropriate ‘places of safety’ for people detained under the Mental Health Act by the police.

We now have 55 per cent. more consultant psychiatrists, almost 70 per cent. more clinical psychologists and at least 20 per cent. more mental health nurses than we had in 1997.

Because of the NSF and increased funding, we now have over 700 new mental health teams working in the community (that includes assertive outreach, early intervention, crisis resolution teams).

A five-year action plan is in place to address inequalities in the experience Black and minority ethnic people have in accessing services.

We are also committed to expanding access to psychological therapies as a positive alternative to medication. By 2010-11, the NHS will spend £170 million per year on psychological therapies, with £33 million in 2008-09, £103 million in 2009-10 and £173 million in 2010-11. This investment will mean:


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