on psychological therapies, claim charities
November 10, 2006
NHS is failing to provide psychological therapies to people with
mental health problems, even though recommended to do so, claim
mental health charities.
The government has announced, however, that a new Doncaster pilot
scheme to improve access to psychological therapies has seen 1000
people in three months since its launch.
Three years ago the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
recommended offering psychological therapies, particularly cognitive
behaviour therapy, to people diagnosed with depression, anxiety
But a Healthcare Commission survey of over 8,000 people in hospital
based mental health services in England in 2005 found just 39 per
cent had such "talking treatment".
The charities, including Mind and Rethink, also cite a study of
acute psychiatric inpatient services in 2004 which found that just
one ward in five regularly offers psychological therapies to patients.
The charities’ report, We Need to Talk, argues that psychological
therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy are as important
for the nation's health as a cancer drug or surgery.
report recommends the government's 2007 comprehensive spending review
provide for improved access to talking therapies.
The Doncaster pilot psychological therapies scheme is one of two
in England set up in May this year. The other is in Newham, east
They were established to improve access to psychological treatments
for people with mental health problems.
In September last year government adviser Lord Richard Layard said
ministers were "devoted to the idea" of the NHS employing
up to 10,000 extra therapists in 250 new treatment centres to tackle
depression and anxiety.
We Need to Talk (pdf)
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