CONTINUING THE PHILOSOPHY OF REGINALD O. KAPP

9.73 SETCo GP letter Prescribing Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses


GP Letter                 29.4.14
www.sectco.org.uk
By John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd hove BN3 4LE, 01273 417997, johnkapp@btinternet.com

GPs in Brighton and Hove

Dear GP
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).

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