Child mental health patients waiting longer for treatment

Children with mental health problems in the Humber region are waiting too long for treatment - but most experience good care, a report has found.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the Humber NHS Foundation Trust must take action to improve.

Children can be on a waiting list for many months - although services were good once they received treatment, their families said.

CQC said inspectors found most people had "positive experiences of care".

But CQC inspectors found there had been a rise in referrals, which meant that people were on waiting lists for too long before their treatment started.

Community nurses were not meeting their four-hour targets for urgent referrals, or the target for visiting new patients, the CQC added.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: "While we have seen some examples of very good collaborative work and innovative practice, we found that the demand on the service was affecting the delivery of care and treatment, with waiting lists and caseloads growing."

The trust provides services to nearly 600,000 people in the Humber region and parts of North Yorkshire.

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