BPC’s cautious response to NICE draft guidance for depression in adults

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a consultation on new draft guidance for depression in adults, see: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-cgwave0725/consultation/html-content


We are pleased that the NICE draft guidance on adult depression includes recommendations for short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and counselling. This maintains a degree of patient choice. However, we think that it is crucial that patient choice is not just about maintained, but that it is expanded. This is essential if users are to receive the right treatment for them and for their conditions.  The draft guidance recommends cognitive behavioral therapy as a default, first line, approach for nearly all. CBT is the right kind of psychological therapy for some, but not for all. Talking treatments based on psychoanalytic theories, such as dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) for example, and longer-term psychoanalytic therapies as well, are needed if services on offer are to become more responsive and more effective. The BPC will make sound evidence-based representations to NICE in support of improving what is recommended to patients suffering with depression.


Will now work closely with our colleagues at the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) to scrutinise the draft and will submit our full responses in due course.


The consultation ends on 12 September 2017

Thursday, 20 July, 2017 - 16:46