Report finds high thresholds to access children's mental health services

What does this mean from a GP view point?


Referral to mental health services for children and young people has for a long time been an area of contention. Due to the pressure on the service, mental health teams have had to set high thresholds to be met before they are able to see the child or young person , which means these teams are only able to see the most unwell.

This is not through choice, but caused by lack of resources and staffing. As a result, many children and young people cannot be seen and are returned to the GP who sadly does not have the expertise, time or resources to give these patients the input that they need and deserve.

As well as highlighting many problems with these services, this report also suggested how improvements can be made.

Hopefully this is a positive step towards making the changes that are greatly needed.

References:

1. http://cdn.basw.co.uk/upload/basw_35627-3.pdf

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