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.
Improvement Collaborative 2018-19
Healthcare Improvement Scotland is calling for applications from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Psychological Therapy (PT) services to take part in an improvement collaborative which will run from May 2018 to October 2019. Applications for the collaborative close at 12 noon on 27 April 2018.
Quality Improvement Masterclass with ELFT
In Feb 2018, the Mental Health Access Improvement Support Team (MHAIST) and East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) organised a QI master class for Psychological Therapy teams who had started or were planning an improvement project to develop ideas, theories and concepts into practical project plans. The team from East London shared examples of their improvement work and teams used the time to work on defining their own project focus and developing action plans for their next steps in project planning. All Psychological Therapy teams are now invited to join the Mental Health Access Improvement Collaborative (details overleaf).
- Creating a community of shared learning (PDF), Emma Binley (EFLT)
- Case studies of QI used in PT services (PDF), Emma Binley, Rory Bolton, Erasmo Tacconelli (ELFT)
- Quality Improvement techniques(PDF), Marie Innes (MHAIST)
Development and Improvement Day for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - January 2017
This event was co-hosted with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Mental Health. With the aim that delegates will have an increased understanding of how they can work at a local and a national level, using quality improvement methods, to ensure CAMHS are Safe, Timely, Effective and Person-Centred by drawing on the support from each other, national teams and the ideas and innovations shared at this event. The delegates included representatives from Health and Social Care, third sector organisations, service users and carers, families. Following the event a report was made available.
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.