When speaking to local residents about access to mental health services I’m often told that the quality of care in Bolton is very good, but waiting times are a big issue.
This was highlighted again when I recently submitted a written question to the Government about waiting times, which showed that Bolton is a long way behind the average across the North West.
I wrote to NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (who determine local spending priorities and monitor outcomes) about this issue and I thought that local residents may be interested in the information provided.
Bolton have set a target to ensure every patient receives an appointment within 28 days of being referred for Psychological Therapies by March 2019. An extra £800,000 will be spent on increasing capacity in these services over the next two years.
The anecdotal evidence about the quality of these services was also supported by local figures which show that Bolton patients using Psychological Therapies have a recovery rate 10% above the national target and 9% above the national average.
I hope that services in Bolton continue to improve and I am always happy to raise any concerns that local residents may have about this.