Large increase in NHS psychological therapy

Dr Peter Banister, President of the British Psychological Society, has welcomed news of a substantial increase in the number of people receiving psychological therapies in the NHS.

The news came in a Commons statement from Andrew Lansley, the secretary of state for health, on 4 July. Presenting the NHS Annual Report and Care Objective Mr Lansley said:

“In 2011/12, 528,000 people began treatment under the expanded Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, up from just 182,000 in 2009/10, with almost half saying they have recovered.”

Responding to the news, Dr Banister said:

“We welcome the figures that suggest a dramatic increase in the uptake of psychological therapies over the last 12 months. Psychological therapies can be useful in a range of circumstances with many patients. However, we need to remember that these are not one-size-fits-all therapies, and it is important that a full range of treatment and care options is available in our National Health Service. Most importantly, we need to make sure that there are not lengthy waiting lists for patients, which can delay treatment and impact outcomes”.