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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

CR151. Psychological Therapies in Psychiatry and Primary Care


Price: £10.00

Approved: Mar 2008

Published: Jun 2008

Status: current

Number of pages: 46

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Leaflet summarising the report

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.

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