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NHS choice in mental health – a guide

An NHS guide for people using mental health services and their legal right to choose a provider that best suits their individual needs and preferences has been recently updated.

When you are referred by a GP to a consultant or specialist in mental health, you have the right to choose the organisation (provider) that provides your care. The NHS is responsible for making sure that providers and commissioners follow the regulations governing patient choice for NHS healthcare services.

The guide offers practical advice based on four key principles that can make sure that choice in mental health works and helps you to choose a provider that best meets your needs. It explains:

  • your right to choose the provider that best meets your individual needs
  • how you can choose any provider of the service you need
  • when your choice isn’t appropriate for your care needs
  • how your commissioners and healthcare professionals should be proactive in facilitating choice

CEO Nicky Lidbetter said: “This is a really helpful and useful guide which our member’s will find a valuable resource to understand the choices available to them when they are referred to a mental health specialist by their GP.”

You can read the latest guide here