Public affairs and policy
We engage with external stakeholders to promote psychoanalytic thinking and psychotherapy.
We have worked with successive governments to promote the importance of good mental health and provided expert advice on a wide range of subjects – from depression and anxiety to complex needs, early intervention and the importance of a relational approach to public and social policy.
Our key public affairs and policy initiatives include:
- Urging Government to acknowledge and maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy through the coronavirus crisis. We are doing this with BACP and UKCP and other 22 organisations, including other professional bodies, service providers, think tanks and training institutions. Our letter to the Secretary of State can be signed here
- Promoting the creation of a Chief Psychological Professions Officer (CPPO) to lead the psychological workforce expansion promised in the NHS Long Term Plan
- Campaigning to modify the NICE draft guidance on Treatment for Depression in Adults to ensure the guideline is fit for purpose and millions of people suffering from depression continue to be able to access a wide selection of evidence-based treatments
- Ensuring ongoing mental health provisions, psychoanalytic and psychoanalytic informed therapies remain widely available in the NHS, reversing the trend that has seen chronic mental health issues from chronic depression to complex disorders being dealt with at an hoc basis rather than with access to ongoing psychotherapeutic support
- Asking for the introduction of the requirement for commissioners and providers to deliver the full range of NICE-recommended therapies in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT)
- Actively being involved in the Coalition against Conversion Therapy, working with Government and all major psychological, psychotherapeutic and counselling organisations in the UK, we signed the First and Second Memorandum of Understanding to end Conversion Therapy
- Promoting the expansion of relational and reflective approaches and environments in the public sector at strategic and operational level to improve resilience of staff and the effectiveness of treatments. We are working to urge Commissioners to recognise the unique role of psychoanalytic approaches in supporting the mental health of the NHS front line staff
- Supporting the extension of VAT exemption to all qualified, registered and accredited psychotherapists and counsellors to remove a significant barrier to people accessing care privately and to address the unfair treatment between physical and mental health and between mental health practitioners.