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Audit of anxiety and depression services highlights need for better access

17 January 2020

A new National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD) report, jointly produced by the British Psychological Society, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Healthcare Quality and Improvement Partnership, and the McPin Foundation, has been published.

The audit of secondary care psychological therapy services for adults with anxiety and depression found that most adults who received psychological therapy rated their therapists highly and felt helped by the treatment they received.

Concerns over access to care were highlighted, however, with almost half of adults waiting more than 18 weeks from referral to the start of treatment, and issues with a lack of choice also identified.

The report recommends that all mental health trusts should have a trust-wide psychological therapies management committee, enabling them to co-ordinate psychological therapy provision and providing clear leadership for NHS-funded services in England.

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