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We Need to Talk Website
The We Need to Talk campaign was started by a group of mental health charities who wanted to bring about choice in mental health treatments. The preferred treatment of choice for people is psychological therapy rather than medication but the default treatment offer for decades has been medication first.
When the New Savoy Partnership brought together professional bodies with the mental health charities for the first time (in 2007) there was a broad consensus across the field that we could do better. Both successive governments can take credit for having improved access and reduced waiting times – as shown by the National Audits. But the lack of choice means we are sonly benefiting a minority. The consensus within We Need To Talk is for investment now into wider choice.
The secretariat for the We Need to Talk campaign can be contacted at: e.barnes@mind.org.uk
The secretariat for the Action for Choice consortia, which is part of We Need to Talk, can be contacted at: Sukhdeep.Kaur@bacp.co.uk .
The National Audit of Psychological Therapies for Anxiety and Depression
There have been two National Audits of psychological therapy services – the first in 2011 and the second in 2013. They have shown improvements in access and waiting times. They have shown that recovery rates have been variable but without overall improvement. But whilst almost all staff delivering therapy has undertaken training in CBT, many of those delivering other NICE-approved therapies have not been given access to nationally accredited trainings in IAPT. The consensus within the National Audit stakeholder group was for a program that focused on improving quality and on choice, as well as on the access targets.
The team for the Accreditation Program for Psychological Therapy Services can be contacted at: RHeggart@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 
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