Psychological therapies and parity of esteem: from commitment to reality

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, December 2014

This report, by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), looks at how to make parity of esteem a reality in relation to NHS psychological therapy services. It includes the views of service users in need of, or in receipt of, psychological therapy, as well as the practitioners and organisations involved in its delivery.

The report looks at the overall provision of psychological therapy in the NHS and has a specific focus on primary care, as this is the setting for the delivery of the majority of psychological therapy services and is usually the first port of call for those with psychosocial problems.  Much of the information available on psychological therapies in primary care is from IAPT services, but the recommendations made in the report are for all psychological therapy services funded and provided by the NHS, within and alongside IAPT.

Click here to read the full report.