Accessing Mental Health Care Privately
February 06, 2019
One in four routine primary care consultations are for people with mental health problems, most commonly anxiety and depression and over 80% of all mental health treatment is provided solely in primary care. Depression is the third most common reason for a consultation in UK general practice and mental health problems are the most common reason for sickness absences from work. An average depressive episode’s duration is 20 weeks and can be significantly longer in the elderly specially if there are other conditions to consider at the same time.
Mental Health care is now widely available privately both for insured and self-funding patients. Consultant-led assessment and treatment can be accessed quickly by self referring, NHS GP referral, via healthcare agencies and some healthcare insurer’s own assessment pathways. Private Mental Health services have become much more accessible and are now available to many patients.
Professor Shanaya Rathod now works at Candover Clinic as an experienced consultant psychiatrist with dual accreditation on the GMC Specialist Register in both adult and old age psychiatry. Prof Rathod is also the Director of Research with Southern Health UHS Foundation Trust and author of several books (including: Back to Life, Back to Normality, Cultural Adaptation of CBT for Serious Mental illness and Brief Interventions in Psychosis).
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