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Mental Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of training doctors and nurses in mindfulness.

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

No recent assessment has been made of the potential benefits of training doctors and nurses in mindfulness. The Department does however recognise the potential benefits of training doctors and nurses in mindfulness.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance for the National Health Service has recommended Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for recurrent depression since 2004. MBCT is available through a number of Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services in England.

Health Education England (HEE) supports the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England, by ensuring that we have the workforce in the right numbers, with the right skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place. HEE is developing the workforce to deliver compassionate, high quality care.

HEE has established a Mental Health Advisory Group to promote and enhance mental health education and training across the professions and provide strategic professional advice and expertise on workforce planning and education development. Membership representation includes; healthcare, social care, third sector and professional bodies.

HEE is considering the opportunities for developing a psychologically minded workforce.

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