Indicators

How has the quality of mental health care in your area changed in the past three months?

This chart shows the responses of the RCPsych Research Panel members to the question of how access to mental health services has changed in their area in the past three months.

The chart below is based on the responses of 340 RCPsych members to our first Research Panel survey in February 2019 and 251 RCPsych members in our second Research Panel survey in May 2019.

Change in service quality over past quarter

Policy context

The Government has committed to improving the quality of NHS mental health care. One part of this is for NHS England to publish a clear and comprehensive set of care pathways, with accompanying quality standards and guidance.

Similarly, the ‘getting it right first time programme’ is seeking to improve mental health care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations.

The RCPsych’s Research Panel survey seeks to understand whether national plans are making a difference to services on the ground.

Notes: These data are collected quarterly as one of four tracker questions gathered from the UK-wide RCPsych Research Panel.

Only data from members working in England are presented on Mental Health Watch. Responses from members working in the devolved nations of the UK can be found in the data bulletins produced for those nations, available to RCPsych members. 

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