The aim of this report is to improve the provision of psychological therapies to people with mental and physical disorders in both primary and secondary care settings. It provides information and guidance about psychological therapies that should be useful to psychiatrists, general practitioners, employers and commissioners of services.
The report identifies key themes and principles, alongside ways to develop and maintain psychological services that meet satisfactory standards. It also sets out a number of benchmarks, with assessments of how well-recommended aims and standards are being accomplished. It provides advice for commissioners of the service.
In all settings, psychological therapies should be delivered by a workforce that is psychologically minded and trained in an appropriate range of psychological therapies. Key implications are set out for future medical training. The report may also assist those contemplating careers in general practice, or in psychiatry (which used to be known as ‘psychological medicine’) in weighing up the opportunities available for the holistic care of people with physical short- and long-term conditions as well as mental illness.
College Report CR 151, June 2008, £10, 45 pp.