RCP calls for more psychological therapy

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has said that access to psychological therapies in hospital wards "falls far short of acceptable standards" in new report.

Do the Right Thing: How to Judge a Good Ward outlines ten standards that it says are essential for the treatment of working-age adult inpatients in mental healthcare wards.

The report finds that while most wards provide training in basic psychological therapies, research suggests that less than half (38 per cent) of patients have been offered supportive counselling. Furthermore, figures show less than a third (29 per cnet) of patients receive access to talking therapies, and almost a quarter of patients that request such therapy do not actually receive it.

Do the Right Thing says that hospital wards should provide patients with access to a range of psychological therapies, and that this treatment should be provided by staff that have the appropriate skills and experience.

This follows NICE's updated

The guideline recommends the use of psychological interventions, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family interventions and arts therapies for the treatment of people with schizophrenia. It also recommends that healthcare professionals providing psychological treatment should have the appropriate skills and competence to deliver it.

guideline on interventions in the treatment and management of schizophrenia in primary and secondary care.