'We call on the next Welsh Government to ensure parity between Physical and Mental Health Services.'
We would like:
Stats Wales data suggests for primary care therapeutic interventions, the picture across Wales is lacks consistency. Some health boards are much more likely to deliver assessments within 28 days of referral than others. What's more, focus groups with our members on transitions revealed to us that different health boards also had different protocols on how close to the age of 18 CAMHS would accept them.
This means that some patients might face delays in receiving treatment in one area, but wouldn't if they lived somewhere else in Wales. We would like to understand more about the differences in service provision that patients experience across Wales as a starting point to creating a more uniform service, that meets expectations regardless of where they are received.
In 2019, the College published a position statement on the use of anti depressants which made clear that they are not recommended for mild and sub-threshold depressive symptoms. Furthermore, antidepressant use among children should only be part of a second-line treatment for moderate to severe depression when children are unresponsive to psychological therapies.
There is an absence of recent data in Wales but data from RCGP surveys in 2015 suggests medication is the dominant offer from GPs. We would like the Welsh Government to commission research from the SAIL data bank to understand the treatment offers given to patients, and into understand the behaviors that result in this.