How have waiting times in your area changed in the past three months?

This chart is based on the responses of the RCPsych Research Panel members and shows their perception of how waiting times for mental health services have changed in their area in the past three months.

The chart below is based on the responses of 249 RCPsych members to our second Research Panel survey in May 2019 and 237 RCPsych members to our third Research Panel survey in August 2019.

Change to service access in 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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