About: Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Doncaster DN4 8QN
Posted by SantaClaus (as ),
I want to share my battle to receive treatment I believe will help me fully recover from my mental health problems and allow me to return to gainful employment.
After multiple acute episodes and constantly being told I am too unstable for psychotherapy I finally managed to get across the point that giving me some form of psychotherapeutic intervention might help me break the cycle of acute episodes. I still had to fight to get an initial referral and that referral had to go to a panel of team leaders, none of whom knew me. I was one of the lucky ones. My referral got through this third hurdle, thanks in no small part to the person writing my referal.
Hurdle No. 4 - I received a letter asking me to explain why I wanted the therapy and why I thought It would benefit me.
Hurdle No. 5 - and two months later I finally get my assessment appointment. At the end of a gruelling appointment I am asked what type of therapy I think will help me. I tell the psychologist that I feel given the nature of my problem I believe I need to have psychotherapy which looks at the causes not just strategies for dealing with the symptoms.
To my dismay I am told under NICE guidelines the Trust can only offer me short term CBT consisting of 12 sessions.
Hurdle No. 6 - There is also a waiting list of 4 months for this treatment.
A lot has happened to me over the past three years and I'm sure will happen over the next four months.
In my view the Trust needs to simplify the process for gaining access to Psychological Therapies.
It also needs to consider making it clearer to patients that they don't have a choice of treatment, The only treatment on offer initially is CBT. I presume if there is a relapse later on after treatment, other more expensive options would then be considered.
I think thhe Trust also needs to explain to patients that they don't get a say in whether or not they are accepted for treatment.