CQC report highlights problems with mental health support for young people

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The standard of mental health services for children and young people in England is falling below the desired level, according to a new report.

In the first phase of a major thematic review requested by prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has completed an initial assessment of current evidence, finding that "complexity and fragmentation" are undermining service provision at present.

“Mental health services for children and young people in England are currently being undermined by variable care quality and difficulty accessing services, according to a CQC report.“

It has been found that, while most specialist services provide good-quality care, many young people are finding it difficult to access services and are therefore not receiving the care they require at the time they need it.

Around 39 percent of specialist community child and adolescent mental health services were deemed to require improvement in terms of responsiveness, while two percent were rated as inadequate.

Poor collaboration and communication between the various agencies involved have been blamed for creating inefficiencies, while funding issues have also caused problems.

Claire Murdoch, mental health director for NHS England, said: "It's going to to take years of concerted practical effort to solve these service gaps - even with new money - given the time it inescapably takes to train the extra child psychiatrists, therapists and nurses required."

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