"My wait for psychotherapy in Nottingham"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a service user),

Four years ago I had a very serious mental health crisis. Looking back all the warning signs had been building for a very long time. By the time my crisis struck I had ended up in a very bad place. I immediately sought help and was put on a waiting list that I was informed would take 18 months to two years to get referral to a psychiatrist. I went into this informing the doctor that I had Aspergers Syndrome at all times.

When finally my 2 years were up and I was offered psychiatric care I had 3 assessment sessions before being told I was TOO ASPERGERS for psychotherapy.

4 years after requesting help the only actual therapy I have received has been antidepressants and ritalin. I still haven't received significant talking therapies. I find this unacceptable.

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Responses

Response from Ann Wright, Acting General Manager, Specialist Services Directorate, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you had to wait for an unacceptable time for your assessment and you haven’t received the treatment you expected.

Although helpful to many, psychotherapy can sometimes be very difficult for some people to cope with. This is assessed for by the psychotherapist as part of the assessment and may require more than one appointment for the assessment.

The outcome of assessments should be discussed with people at the time, with clear explanations and reasons for any decision made. We continue to work hard on reducing waiting times in the psychotherapy services and these have improved, with appointments being offered on average within 5 weeks. This obviously doesn't help your situation but I hope it reassures you about the services improving waiting times.

If you would like to discuss this issue further please contact me on 01623 785476 and perhaps we could arrange to meet up?

Thank you and best wishes

Ann

Ann Wright

Service Manager

Specialist Services Directorate

01623 785476

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