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Health: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many treatments for depression using the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, Beating the Blues, have been commissioned by primary care trusts since March 2007; and [HL4765]

What estimate they have made of how many people are currently able to access National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy treatments at their local primary care trusts; and [HL4766]

What steps they are taking to extend access to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy across England. [HL4767]

The detailed information is not held centrally.

However, the Government are investing annual funding rising to £173 million in the third year (2010-11), to train 3,600 extra therapists and treat 900,000 more people in those three years.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme is relieving distress and transforming lives by offering National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) evidence-based treatments to people with depression and anxiety disorders. Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy is recommended by NICE and, where clinicians feel appropriate, can be offered as part of a broader package of care.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many primary care trusts provide National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy at a level sufficient to meet NICE guidelines; and [HL4792]

What assessment they have made of the provision of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence- approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy treatments nationally. [HL4793]

The information requested about how many primary care trusts (PCTs) provide National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) is not held centrally.

CCBT is recommended by the NICE technology appraisal TA097, and the directions on NICE appraisals impose an obligation on PCTs to ensure that CCBT is normally available to be prescribed or supplied and administered to patients.

The department's role is to set out a strategic framework and secure adequate funding for the NHS and adult care services. PCTs are responsible for providing local health services, including the provision of CCBT, and together with their strategic health authorities are responsible for deciding which services to plan, commission and develop to meet the health needs of their local communities.

NICE published its guidance Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression and Anxiety in February 2004. NICE will be consulting on review plans for this guidance in September 2008.