At OCD Action, we speak to many people who are having difficulty accessing good quality treatment for their OCD, despite the fact that from April 2014, adults with mental health problems have had the legal right –
‘to choose which provider and consultant or mental health professional will be in charge of their care when they attend their first outpatient appointment’.
It is clear from talking to people through our Helpline and Advocacy service, that the majority of people referred for outpatient treatment aren't being made aware of Patient Choice, despite the difference it could make to the quality of treatment provided.
NHS England's Patient Choice Unit is now holding a series of events in February and March to help improve awareness of this right. Anyone is welcome to attend and share your views and understanding of Patient Choice.
Click here to find out the details of these events and how you can have your say.