Why Access to Services?

Early identification and access to evidence based treatment is critical to improve the immediate and longer-term personal, clinical and economic outcomes. The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey suggests that only one in three people with mental illness are in treatment. The numbers accessing NICE evidence based treatment are considerably lower and there are demographic inequalities in access to treatment. 75% of adults who access mental health services had a diagnosable condition before the age of eighteen. Improving access to services was a priority for 52% of Mental Health Taskforce public engagement respondents. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report  State of Care in Mental Health Services identifies access to services as one of four areas of concern.