Psychological therapies subject to postcode lottery

Three quarters of NHS authorities are still failing to meet national targets on recovery from mental health problems, according to new data.

Recovery rates varied massively across the country according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The worst recovery rate was in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (Greater Manchester) where just 2 in 10 patients recovered. The best was in Cannock Chase (Staffordshire) where nearly 7 in 10 patients recovered. Nationwide, just under half of people recovered at 45%.

The HSCIC report looked at the impact of  psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy on a wide range of disorders from depression to OCD.

A similar postcode lottery was found in how long people waited for access to psychological therapies. An average patient in Dudley waited a week to get treatment whilst the same patient in Blackpool waited longer than four months. Nationwide, the average was just over a month at 32 days.

London remains the worst performing region for mental health recovery, though it is the only region that has improved since last year.

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Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are the local authorities responsible for NHS services. Only 57 out of 211 CCGs met the target recovery rate of 50%. However, this is an improvement on 2013-14 when just 48 CCGs met the target.

Dominic Grair, the statistician responsible for the report, said: “This report will enable commissioners and care providers to review access to psychological therapies, which should be useful when planning services for patients in the future.”




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