Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the availability of talking therapies other than cognitive behavioural therapy in the NHS.

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

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health recommended that NHS England invest to increase access to psychological therapies for people with psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorder. NHS England is working with Health Education England to invest in commissioning new training places for staff to undertake courses in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended therapies for these conditions starting in the new academic year 2019/20, including dialectical behaviour therapy courses.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme provides a range of NICE approved and evidence based therapies. In addition to cognitive behavioural therapy based therapies, counselling for depression, dynamic interpersonal therapy, interpersonal therapy and couples therapy are all NICE recommended treatments that are available through IAPT. Provision for these therapies will increase as IAPT continues to expand in line with our commitments.

The National Health Service has published the IAPT manual at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/improving-access-to-psychological-therapies-manual.pdf

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