GP Letter 29.4.14
By John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd hove BN3 4LE, 01273 417997, firstname.lastname@example.org
GPs in Brighton and Hove
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ABLE TO PRESCRIBE
MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT) 8 WEEK
COURSES AS EASILY AS PROZAC?
The answer to this question is probably ‘yes’, as a report in 2012 by Prof Willem Kuyken and
Rebecca Crane (summarised in appendix 1) showed that 2 out of 3 GPs believe that learning
mindfulness s skills would help their patients. However, only 1 in 5 of you can prescribe them.
The public health statistics show that there are 30,000 depressed patients in the city, for whom
the MBCT course should be considered as clinically appropriate, as it is recommended by NICE for
depression, and is in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
However, unless your patient is suicidal, the waiting time for a course with Sussex Partnership
Foundation Trust (SPFT) or the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service, is over 20 years, because
the Clinical Commissioning Group commission so little provision. However, your patients can
access an MBCT course within a few weeks if they have £150-370 to pay for it from the third
sector, who would be willing to be Any Qualified Providers (AQPs) under the H&SCAct (2012).