New data give an insight into how Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are performing with regard to delivering talking therapies.
The figures, from NHS England’s mental health ‘dashboard’, highlight the proportion of CCGs meeting and missing their targets when it comes to increasing access to talking therapies.
The latest data show that nearly 6 in 10 CCGs (57 per cent) are failing to meet the target for the proportion of people in their area that should be accessing talking therapies. 120 out of 209 CCGs in England missed the target for the period October-December 2016. The annual target is currently set at 15.8 per cent of the local population who have been identified as being able to benefit from talking therapies. The target is set to rise to 25 per cent by the year 2021.
These data specifically focus on therapies available through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme – a scheme designed to increase accessibility of talking treatments to those identified as potentially benefitting from receiving them. Typically this includes people with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder.