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Cautious welcome for NICE draft guidance for depression

Publication date: July 20, 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a consultation on new draft guidance for depression in adults.

UKCP has cautiously welcomed the draft – but still has key concerns. The new draft guidance contains recommendations for psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and counselling which, in some ways, are improvements on previous guidance.

But, we are disappointed that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) continues to enjoy a pre-eminent position in the recommendations despite evidence showing the same or better results from other therapies. Also, NICE continues to use a narrow medicalised approach, rather than a fuller appreciation of the wide range of biological, psychological and social factors that can lie behind mental distress.

We will now work closely with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) to scrutinise the draft and will submit robust responses in due course.

You can view the consultation here. It ends on 12 September 2017.