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£170m for new talking therapies

28th February 2008

The government has unveiled plans to invest £170 million in talking therapies.


The “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies? (IAPT) programme is designed to help transform the lives of people with depression and anxiety disorders by offering them access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.

A key part of the project, announced by Health Secretary Alan Johnson, will see a programme to train an extra 3,600 Psychological Therapists to deliver high intensity therapy for people with moderate to severe conditions and low intensity therapy for people with mild to moderate conditions.

The government says it has made improving access to psychological therapies a priority with evidence showing therapy is as effective as drugs.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on treatment for depression and anxiety, recommend psychological therapies as part of evidence-based stepped care.

Mr Johnson said: “The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme has already captured the imagination of Primary Care Trusts up and down the country and is transforming the lives of thousands of people with depression and anxiety disorders in the areas that have been involved so far.?

By 2010/11, the NHS will spend £170m a year on psychological therapies, with more than £30m in 2008/09 and more than £100m in 2009/10.

Over the next three years, this investment will also mean: 900,000 more people treated for depression and anxiety with 450,000 of them are likely to be completely cured, 25,000 fewer people with mental health problems on sick pay and benefits, and all GP practices having access to psychological therapies.


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Article Information

Title: £170m for new talking therapies
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5810
Date Added: 28th Feb 2008


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