Good mental health and wellbeing is as important as physical health and wellbeing. Providing mental health support and treatment to people when they need it is an essential part of healthcare.
It is essential that people with mental health needs, across all age groups, are seen in a timely manner and receive effective evidence based interventions. We need to do so in a way that is sustainable and maintains, if not improves, the quality of care we provide.
Access to mental health treatment services in Scotland should be available to those that need it within 18 weeks. The Mental Health Access Improvement Support Team (MHAIST) has been established to support improved access to both Psychological Therapy Interventions (PTI) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This programme will support NHS Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships who are struggling to meet the 18 week standard to understand the key factors impacting access and then use this knowledge to develop and implement plans to address them.
MHAIST will start its work in 2016–2017 and work in partnership with a small number of NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships on a phased basis engaging over 3–4 months at a time. MHAIST will also support all NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships at a national level to share best practice and learning throughout the programme. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the timing of support for your organisation.
NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships
Benefits of programme
The programme will enable prompt access to treatment so that 90% of people can access Psychological Therapy Interventions PTI and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMH) within 18 weeks from referral to the start of treatment.