"Concerned about my son's mental health care in Lincolnshire"

About: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as a relative),

I have been reading some of the previous stories about Lincolnshire Mental Health Trust and have to concur with much of what has been said. My son's experience has been much the same as some other people's.

1. Rationed Services. He was seen by a psychiatrsit who diagnosed him with OCD, Severe Depression and Anxiety. He was referred for talking therapy and then had to choose which diagnosis he wanted treated. He could not have them all treated with talking therapy because they were only allowed to see him a maximum of six times.

He opted for the OCD to be treated and to be frank, 6 sessions was just not enough. He is just as bad as before.

2. Because he could not have talking therapy for his depression he was prescribed drugs although he really did not want to take them. They are not working but as he has not got a follow up appointment yet this hasn't been addressed. It is now 12 weeks that he has been on them and I have no idea when he will be seen again to increase the dose or change the drugs.

3. Crisis team ineffective and very hard to get hold of.

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Responses

Response from Caroline Hainsworth, Service Liaison Manager, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

I am very sorry to hear of the poor experience your son has in relation to the services provided by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I would like to urge your son to raise the concerns he has so that we can investigate any shortfalls in service provision. The Trust's Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies was concerned to hear your story particularly in relation to "choosing" a diagnosis to work on. Generally, depending on the presentation, you might want to focus on OCD rather than the depression as improvement there would lead to a lessening of the depression as progress is made.

I have also been advised that if someone has OCD and severe depression you would generally expect them to consider medication as a treatment option.

I can also clarify that there is no "rationing" of services and our General Manager for Psychological Therapies and Primary Care would welcome the opportunity to investigate exactly which area of the service this refers so that we can address this. If your son would like to contact the Complaints Dept we will be able to address those concerns on an informal basis directly with the service.

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