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The latest report is for the period October to December 2020 and includes a breakdown of the figures by local area.

The latest figures on access and waiting times for children and young people’s mental health services have been published.

Greater Manchester collates and publishes quarterly waiting time data for children and young people’s mental health services. The latest report is for the period October to December 2020 and includes a breakdown of the figures by local area.

Children and young people’s mental health access and waiting times update (October to December 2020)

The figures show that Greater Children and young people’s mental health access and waiting times update (October to December 2020)Manchester continues to perform above the NHS England target for access to services.

The data demonstrates that 45.5% of children and young people in Greater Manchester with a diagnosable mental health condition (based on a national 2004 prevalence study) will have received treatment from an NHS-funded community mental health service by year end; delivering the national target for 2020/21 well ahead of ambition.

In December 2018  Greater Manchester became the first place in the country to start collating and publishing publicly waiting times data for children and young people’s mental health services and we have committed to providing quarterly updates on the Greater Manchester Waiting Time position.

GM available figures at December 2020 show:

  • The average wait across Greater Manchester for a first appointment is 5.95 weeks
  • Average wait across Greater Manchester for a second appointment is 12.47 weeks
  • Average wait across Greater Manchester for a third appointment once accepted into treatment is 5.38 weeks
  • All waiting times areas for Greater Manchester have improved since quarter 2 of 2020/21
  • We recognise that although we are increasing access far more than when compared nationally that there is still more to do.  Improving access is underpinned by the timeliness it takes to receive support and treatment. Across Greater Manchester localities there are different challenges to this. Therefore we are continuing support to reduce variation and have established improving waiting times pilots focusing on practices and techniques to support improvement. As we learn we will share this to continue driving improvement in access and waiting times across Greater Manchester.

Improving Access

In December national outturn performance for the last 12 months was 39.3%. In Greater Manchester, we are performing at 45.5%, therefore continuing to meet the national 20/21 target ahead of the ambition.

What the data is showing

GPs remain the single biggest single referrer to services at 38.09%. Other referrals come from amongst other individuals, education, community paediatrics, social workers and A&E.

A total number of 37,281 children and young people referrals were active in the period 1st April 2020 to 31st December 2020 to NHS CYP Mental Health Services.

More were male (53.50%) than female (46.43%) and most referrals are for children ages 5 – 16.

Referral to first appointment by CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).

Referral to first appointment by CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).

  • The average wait for a first appointment has decreased from the previous quarter to 5.30 weeks.

Referral to second appointment (or referral to treatment) by CCG.

Referral to second appointment (or referral to treatment) by CCG.

  • The average wait to the second appointment has decreased to 11.44 weeks for the last quarter.

Second appointment to third appointment (Average time to next treatment appointment for assessment completed) by CCG.

Second appointment to third appointment (Average time to next treatment appointment for assessment completed) by CCG.

  • The average wait for a third appointment once accepted into treatment has increased marginally to 5.00 weeks from the previous quarter.

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