Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th May 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of mental health support for people with haemophilia; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England commissions services for patients with haemophilia according to a service specification which includes reference to mental health including counselling services. We are not aware of any existing or planned assessment of mental health services specifically for patients with haemophilia. NHS England does not collect data which detail the use of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services by people with haemophilia.

NHS England’s “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for Long Term Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms” pathway, published in March 2018 sets out a pathway to integrate mental health support for people with long-term health conditions (which could include haemophilia) and medically unexplained symptoms.

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