Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 21st October 2013.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP, East Londonderry

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission an analysis of the reasons for the increase in referrals to Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services in the last two years; and if he will ensure that sufficient resources are in place to support those services.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) programme is being rolled out progressively throughout England, with the intention of treating 15% of those who could benefit (around 900,000 people) per year by the end of March 2015. We would therefore expect referrals to increase as more services are available and as general practitioners and people with mental health problems become aware of the existence and effectiveness of treatments available through IAPT services.

The number of people referred to IAPT services for psychological therapies has consistently grown over the course of the programme. During the last two years, four new services have started to treat patients in Hillingdon, Central Lancashire, West Essex and Luton resulting in increased referrals.

Over the course of the current spending review, we are investing in excess of £450 million in both adult and children and young people's IAPT to give thousands of people access to National Institute for Health Care Excellence-approved psychological therapies.

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