Mental health: Improving access to CAMHS

As set out in the Revision to the Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2010/1, performance management of the 18 weeks waiting times target by the Department of Health has ceased, however, referral to treatment data will continue to be published and monitored.

Standards and quality should be maintained pending the development of more outcomes-focused measures. Patients would not expect a return to long waiting times for operations.

A revised Referral to Treatment consultant-led waiting times rules suite is available on the Department of Health website

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