We need better access to quality treatment

Campaign Update    

OCD Action campaigns to improve access to quality treatment for OCD. Our service users and stakeholders consistently identify the lack of access to quality CBT treatment as the major stumbling block in their road to recovery. The Charity believes that there are three key ways in which access to quality treatment can be improved.

  • Extending choice through all stages of mental health care
  • Collecting and publishing specific OCD treatment outcome data
  • Developing and publishing OCD treatment pathways

You can read the Charity's full manifesto here

Extending Choice through all stages of mental health care

The Charity supports the Government's plans to extend choice of health service provider to Mental Health Services from 1st April 2014. This is a significant step forward and will help to improve service quality.We want to help make sure that this plan becomes a reality on the ground. 

Collecting and publishing specific OCD treatment outcome data

In a survey of IAPT services carried out by the Charity the majority stated that they did not collect outcome data specific to OCD and that OCD outcomes were merged with the outcomes of other anxiety disorders. This is despite official recommendations that specific OCD treatment outcomes be recorded.

The extension of choice to mental health services, necessitates the accurate collection and publication of relevant outcome data. The absence of specific OCD outcomes in both IAPT services and secondary care means that people with OCD are unable to make informed decisions as to their preferred provider. The Charity believes that specific OCD outcome data has to be recorded by treatment centres and made public.

Developing and publishing OCD treatment pathways

NICE, the organisation that sets treatment guidelines, recommends a stepped care approach to treating OCD. This is not being followed in many areas. Local CBT provision is often below NICE standards and service users are denied a referral to specialist care following a poor response to this low quality CBT.  55% of the cases dealt with by OCD Action’s advocacy service relate to issues accessing appropriate treatment.

The Charity believes that all Mental Health Trusts should develop and publish a clear OCD treatment pathway in line with NICE recommendations.