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Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to psychological therapies.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapy programme (IAPT) continues to offer increasing numbers of people in England access to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved therapy for mental health conditions. We will invest £400 million in the next four years to ensure the full roll-out of IAPT. We expect this will mean that between April 2011 and the end of the spending review period:

3.2 million people will access IAPT, receiving guided self help or therapy;

2.6 million of them will complete a course of therapy treatment; and up to 1.3 million (50% of those treated) will move to measurable recovery.

This investment is in addition to the funding primary care trusts have already received for talking therapies.

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