NHS Chiltern CCG among highest in country for mental health recovery rates

NHS Chiltern CCG among highest in country for mental health recovery rates

NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group has one of the highest recovery rates for patients treated for mental health disorders in the country, according to the findings of a recent report.

Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) 4 services, England, 2014/15 was published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in November.

It measured patient referrals and outcomes from various therapies, including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy counselling and couples therapy, among others. As part of the report, the HSCIC compiled the percentages of patients who were recorded as having recovered from a mental health disorder after completing such a course of therapy.

NHS Chiltern CCG had a recovery rate of 61.6 % among its patients (1,230 of 1,995 referrals) during the period studied – the third highest achieving CCG in the country after NHS Cannock Chase CCG and NHS Stafford and Surrounds CCG, out of 211 CCGs nationwide.

The service, called Healthy Minds, focuses on depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr Steve Murphy, NHS Chiltern CCG’s Director for Mental Health and Staying Healthy, said: “It is great to see that the work being done in this area within the CCG has been so effective and is being recognised nationally as a result. Depression and anxiety disorders affect a large number of our population and can potentially have a devastating effect on people’s lives. We want our patients, and their loved ones, to have confidence that the services we offer can help them through the difficulties they may be experiencing. 

“Going forward, we are determined to continue to improve the quality of services offered here and ensure that we attain even better outcomes for our patients in the future. We are investing in additional capacity so that patients with more complex needs have less time to wait, and we will provide more psychological therapies and support to patients with physical long term conditions.”

Dr Murphy added that Chiltern CCG’s strong results had been achieved by rigorous supervision of therapists and by working closely with patients, encouraging them to complete their courses of therapy to help ensure that they experience long term improvements.