"Access to psychological therapies - my expectations were raised and dashed"
About: Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust / Psychotherapy Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Psychotherapy DN4 8QN
Posted by phatboyjim (as ),
During August 2010 I raised concerns about access to psychological therapy, which I had been requesting for some time with my consultant psychiatrist. In early August I met with a locum consultant psychiatrist who I felt had an understanding of my needs.
We spoke about the recovery model, self management, psychological needs and close partnership and collaboration between professionals and service users. They agreed to make a referral for therapy. An appointment was offered for Sept to meet a worker at my local health centre. I was pleased that some action had been taken at last.
When I attended the appointment I was informed that I was not eligible for help as the worker was from POESIS and I was categorised as a secondary service user.
How do serious mistakes like this happen? Surely referrer and recieving agency would know of my eligibility?
My expectations were raised and dashed. The perceived wisdom for treatment of bi-polar disorder involves medication, talking therapy and family support. I feel the system is failing me and even though i am well and coping currently I feel I require assistance to support my long term recovery.
It would appear that there is a disconnectedness between services which is not in the best interest and potentially damaging to patients wellbeing.