PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have told 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust to boost its performance in for improving access to psychological therapies services

Analysis by Knowsley CCG highlighted long waits for patients, staff shortages, and lower than expected recovery rates and it has drawn up a recovery plan for IAPT services.

The CCG told provider the trust to improve because patients have been waiting longer that the 28 day target from referral to first treatment. Recovery rates have averaged 45 per cent, 5 per cent lower than the national target.

CCG managerial lead Debra Lawson said: “Close monitoring of the recovery plan will assist the CCG in monitoring performance and will provide evidence that any improvement is sustainable in the long term.”