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Published: 13/04/2016

UKCP statement on Westminster Hall mental health debate

A debate is taking place at Westminster Hall today concerning the publication of an Independent Mental Health Task Force report. The debate is being led by the chair of APPG on Mental Health, James Morris MP.

UKCP has issued the following press release:

UKCP welcomes mental health debate in Parliament

UKCP welcomes the Westminster Hall debate on mental health today (13 April 2016), led by James Morris MP. We especially welcome his call that the NHS needs to go beyond the typical short-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) only approach.

It is UKCP’s view that the NHS should provide the full range of high quality therapies.

We continue to be concerned that the NHS therapy that is currently on offer remains primarily focused on  short-term therapy with limited focus on the best therapy for the client’s needs and patient choice, and we know that providing choice has a positive outcome for patients.

We are also concerned that the difference between the numbers of patients referred for treatment and the number who move to recovery remains far too large.

Janet Weisz, UKCP chief executive, said: “As the leading professional body representing practitioners in the field, we’re all too aware of the human cost of unaddressed mental health issues.

“If we want an NHS that genuinely deals with people’s mental health problems, we need the full range of high-quality therapies to be provided, and the system must be flexible enough to give people longer-term treatment when they need it.”



The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the leading professional body for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Our register of over 7,800 individual therapists is accredited by the government’s Professional Standards Authority. As part of our commitment to protecting the public, we work to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research and to improve standards.

In an interview for Politics Home, James Morris MP explains why he led the debate:

IAPT data reveals that the recovery rate of those referred for treatment is approximately 15%:

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