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August 2016

This page provides a month-by-month list of the latest and archived news stories published on our website.

Your Right to Choose - NHS Mental Health Treatment Provider

In April 2014, the then coalition government established legislation for people with mental health conditions to have the same legal right as those with physical health conditions to choose their health care provider.

The NHS stated that patients in England have the legal right to choose any clinically appropriate mental health provider that has a contract with any Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England for the service required.

Partly because of the way the NHS England guidance was interpreted by many different health professionals and NHS services, the legislation is not something that has been widely publicised or is known about.

As we first reported to OCD-UK members in the last member’s magazine, we have been speaking with NHS England's 'Patient Choice' team to clarify the legislation and how people seeking treatment for OCD or BDD can implement it.

At the moment when a patient requires treatment they are automatically referred (or they can sometimes self-refer) to their local service within the same CCG area that they are registered with a GP. For the majority of people that will be fine, and travel restrictions may mean they can only access local services anyway. However, for others where travel is not restrictive, there may be occasions where they may wish to be referred to a different NHS service for their treatment.

Article posted on: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 1:48pm Read more...

IAPT Database

For people resident in England, in most cases their first access to OCD treatment will come through their local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. Because each local IAPT service will have its own service name, it can sometimes be hard to find details about your local service. So OCD-UK have created this database/map of IAPT services across England.  To find your local service you simply need to scroll in to the map and click in your local area and the details for your local IAPT service provider/s will pop up in the left hand pane.

In some areas more than one provider is commissioned to provide the service, if you’re unsure about which service you need to refer yourself to we recommend you please consult your GP for advice. If you prefer to access a service outside of your home region you should also discuss this with your GP, because you may be able to implement your ‘Right to Choose’ to access an alternative service (perhaps closer to work) rather than your local service.

Article posted on: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 12:40pm Read more...

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