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Psychological Therapies in the NHS: 2015 programme update from Jeremy Clarke CBE

Jeremy Clarke CBE New Savoy Partnership Chair outlines the programme for the next annual Psychological Therapies in the NHS national conference.

Dear Colleagues

The recent announcement of £120 million for mental health services through to 2015/2016 should be an incentive for you to attend this year's event. We have invited the Care and Support Minister to tell us which priorities have been earmarked for the additional investment. In addition, there being a general election around the corner (in case you hadn't noticed), we have invited senior spokespersons from each of the main parties to say what their priorities are and what further investment they will commit to through to 2020. We are delighted that the BBC's Mark Easton will be joining us again for our Question Time debates on IAPT on day 1 and Welfare Reform on day 2. They are sure to be as lively and highly contested as ever.

The political debate is important because securing additional investment from whichever government comes next will be a challenge. The 'parity' debates have shown that mental health must compete for NHS resources, as Norman Lamb puts it in his foreword to Achieving Better Access, with "the extraordinary gravitational pull of acute hospitals". One of the unique features of the New Savoy conferences has been the attention to science and practice, as well as policy. How we compete - how we demonstrate efficacy compared to medication and other health treatments; how we show cost-effectiveness and efficiency; how, or whether, we improve productivity through payment-by-results? - are questions we must answer in the coming years. Having wished for parity the government has announced new waiting times targets for mental health. We have invited senior NHS England leads to tell us how these can be delivered.

Professor Alan Kazdin from Yale University is a Past President of the American Psychological Association and Founding Editor of Clinical Psychological Science. He is recognised world-wide for his rigorous approach to clinical science. He is convinced that our existing evidence-based models will not meet the challenges we face. He will share with us his thoughts on the direction of psychological therapies in the USA and globally. Professor David Clark CBE from Oxford University is well known to New Savoy delegates as the National Clinical Adviser to IAPT, in addition to being internationally recognised for his research on anxiety disorders. IAPT has permanently changed the face of clinical practice. In its next phase, not only commissioners and managers but also the public will be able to see where their local service is in new, transparent league tables. David Clark and Dr John Pimm will be showing what services need to do in order to improve their recovery rates and ensure that they can meet national targets.

Finally, in an important change to the format, we will be introducing practical workforce planning and recruitment. The Department of Health has clarified that the policy commitments on choice of NICE approved therapies set out in Closing the Gap must be met. Senior Health Education England leads have been invited to offer help to clinical and service leads to make this happen.

We will be announcing additions to the programme over the coming weeks, however the conference is already open for bookings.

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I look forward to welcoming you to what is set to be another exciting programme of discussions and presentations.

Best Regards 

Jeremy Clarke CBE
Chair, New Savoy Partnership


29 October 2014


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