DH announce 32 PCTs to begin rollout of talking therapies
By Lilian Anekwe
The Government have announced the 32 PCTs which have been chosen to being the rollout of talking therapies across the country.
Between two and five PCTs have been selected in each PCT to spearhead the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies £173 scheme, which Health secretary Alan Johnson announced in would fund the training and recruitment of an extra 3,600 new therapists to deliver talking therapies to people with depression and anxiety disorders.
The funds will create training places for therapists to offer low intensity and high intensity therapies, which the Department of Health promise will drastically reduce the waiting times access to psychological therapies, which are recommended by NICE.
Announcing the fist phase of the rollout, Health Minister Ivan Lewis said: ‘This initiative will transform the way the NHS helps people with depression and anxiety disorders. It will help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems. I believe it is one of the most important advances for NHS services in a generation.'
700 therapists will be trained to offer talking therapies to 100,000 patients in the first year, rising to 3,600 therapists by 2001/11. Full details of the PCTs selected can be found on the Department of Health website.