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Individuals with learning disabilities on psychological therapy-waitlist require regular updates on queue position, estimated waiting time and support services to ease their prolonged waits
  1. Meenakshi Shukla
  1. Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Meenakshi Shukla, Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh, India; dr.meenakshishukla{at}

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Commentary on: Hall L. A service evaluation exploring clients’ experiences of being on a waiting list for individual psychological therapy with a community learning disability team. Br J Learn Disabil 2023;1–8.

Implications for practice and research

  • Implementing waiting-list interventions, offering regular updates on queue position and estimated wait times, and providing information about support services can alleviate the uncertainty of prolonged waits and mitigate dropouts among individuals with learning disabilities and comorbid mental conditions.

  • Further research should pinpoint specific combinations of learning disabilities and comorbid mental health conditions that pose a heightened risk of mental health decline during therapy wait times, necessitating tailored interventions.


Prolonged wait times for accessing UK mental health services persist, flouting the National Health Service mandate of an 18-week maximum wait period for referred patients.1 Such delays can significantly harm individuals with learning disabilities and comorbid mental health issues, exacerbating their psychological struggles and compounding their challenges as they await therapy.


The aim of this study, employing a service-evaluation study design, was to explore how people with learning disability and related …

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