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  • Third of children’s mental health services may be facing downsizing or closure

    Published: 22 May 2017

    UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) have released the initial findings of a joint survey of over 3,000 NHS counsellors, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts on mental health services. These findings were discussed with UKCP Chief Executive Janet Weisz on BBC Radio … 

  • Labour Party accept UKCP call to ring-fence mental health budget

    Published: 16 May 2017

    UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), has welcomed Labour’s pledge to ring-fence the mental health budget in their manifesto released today. UKCP is also pleased to see that Labour have committed to expand the choice of psychological therapies available on the NHS. Questions have been left unanswered regarding how much of the £7.4 billion promised for the NHS … 

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    UKCP welcomes Lib Dem mental health pledges

    Published: 12 May 2017

    UKCP has welcomed the Liberal Democrats’ mental health pledges which have been released ahead of their full manifesto. We also challenge all other parties to equal, or better them. Three of the Lib Dem mental health pledges announced this week closely match the recent calls from UKCP for £1.5 billion extra funding, ring-fencing of the mental health budget, … 

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    Highlights from the UKCP conference 2017

    Published: 10 May 2017

    The future of Psychotherapy: research, politics and best practice 11 March 2017, London Earlier this year, we held our biggest conference to date.  Our aim was to raise our profile and our voice. The event had both an internal and an external focus. The day began with two excellent keynote addresses by Dr Iain McGilchrist and Dr Richard … 

  • New money needed for mental health, not recycled promises

    Published: 8 May 2017

    Over the weekend, Theresa May announced the Conservative’s mental health priorities for their election manifesto. UKCP is disappointed that the pledges contain no new money for mental health, and instead appear to have recycled a funding pledge that was announced over a year ago. The priorities include protection against mental health discrimination at work, replacing the … 

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

    Published: 8 May 2017

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’, and explores why too few of us are thriving with good mental health and what we can do about it. Watch our chair, Martin Pollecoff, and chief executive, Janet Weisz, discuss the importance of Mental Health Awareness Week, and of thriving, not … 

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    Leading mental health organisations call for better access to psychological therapies

    Published: 3 May 2017

    UKCP is a member of ‘We Need To Talk’, a coalition of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service users. Together 20 organisations from this coalition have issued an urgent plea for more access to psychological therapies on the NHS ahead of the General Election on the 8 June 2017. You can find the … 

  • UKCP calls for £1.5bn for mental health

    Published: 25 Apr 2017

    We are campaigning for more high-quality psychotherapies on the NHS. We believe £1.5 billion is urgently needed to provide access to high-quality psychotherapies for an extra million adults and half a million children. We are currently pushing all major parties to adopt this in their manifestos ahead of the upcoming General Election. We are also calling … 

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    UKCP welcomes royal mental health stance but says more needs doing

    Published: 18 Apr 2017

    UKCP welcomes both the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s efforts this Easter to reduce the stigma of mental illness – but says much more needs to be done to meet the mental health needs of the nation. Our chair, Martin Pollecoff, says that the Government’s current ‘quick fix’ approach to treating people with mental health problems is … 

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    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) consultation report

    Published: 3 Apr 2017

    We’re pleased to publish the results from our recent consultation on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). We are committed to resolving grievances raised with us in a more informal way wherever possible. ADR is a mechanism that is less stressful than the formal Complaints and Conduct Process (CCP) and has a higher chance of both parties walking …