Mental Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th January 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the clinical benefits of brief psychosocial intervention; and whether he plans to make such treatment available on the NHS.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the clinical benefits of short-term psychoanalytical psychotherapy; and whether he plans to make such treatment available on the NHS.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has made recommendations on brief psychosocial interventions in the guidelines on drug misuse in over 16s: psychosocial interventions (CG51) and the alcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence (CG115).

National Health Service organisations should take NICE guidelines fully into account as they design services to meet the needs of their local populations.

NICE has not made any specific recommendations on the use of short-term psychoanalytical psychotherapy.

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