Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Survey of the provision of psychological therapies for older people

  • Ceri Evans (a1) and Paul Reynolds (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

The aim of the present study was to assess the current state of provision of psychological therapies for older people in Wales. A postal questionnaire was sent to all consultant old age psychiatrists in Wales, requesting information regarding the consultant's community mental health team (CMHT) and access to psychological therapies.

Results

A response rate of 85% was achieved: 45% of CMHTs had team members providing psychological therapy; 31% of CMHTs had access to psychological therapy via the team and also generic services. The estimated average wait for generic services was 29 weeks. There was no access to psychological therapies for 17% of CMHTs.

Clinical Implications

In some areas of Wales there is limited or no access to psychological therapies via mental health services for older people. This may represent an important unmet need. Long-term strategies, taking into account recruitment and retention, training and new ways of working, need to be implemented.

  • View HTML
    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Survey of the provision of psychological therapies for older people
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Survey of the provision of psychological therapies for older people
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Survey of the provision of psychological therapies for older people
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
References
Hide All
Benbow, S. M. & Turner, S. J. (2000) Psychotherapy within old age psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin, 24, 394.
Boseley, S. (2004) Seroxat and Prozac ‘can make people homicidal’. Guardian 21 September.
Department of Health (2002) Treatment Choice in Psychological Therapies and Counselling. London: Stationery Office.
Department of Health (2004) Guidance on New Ways of Working for Psychiatrists in Multi-disciplinary and Multi-agency Context. London: Stationery Office.
Evans, S. (2000) More disappointing treatment outcomes in late-life depression. British Journal of Psychiatry, 177, 281282.
Evans, S. (2004) A survey of the provision of psychological treatments to older adults in the NHS. Psychiatric Bulletin, 28, 411414.
Hope, J. (2004) GPs over-prescribe happy pills. Daily Mail, 30 March.
Murphy, S. (2000) Provision of psychotherapy services for older people. Psychiatric Bulletin, 24, 181184.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2002) Schizophrenia: Full National Clinical Guideline on Core Interventions in Primary and Secondary Care. London & Leicester: Gaskell & British Psychological Society.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2004a) Depression: Management of Depression in Primary and Secondary Care. http://www.nice.org.uk/pdf/CG023NICEguideline.pdf
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2004b) Anxiety: Management of Anxiety (Panic Disorder, With or Without Agoraphobia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder) in Adults in Primary Secondary and Community Care. http://www.nice.org.uk/pdf/CG022NICEguideline.pdf
Royal College of Psychiatrists (2004) Requirements for psychotherapy training as part of basic specialist psychiatric training. http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/traindev/postgrad/ptBasic.pdf
Welsh Assembly Government (2002) Adult Mental Health Services. A National Service Framework for Wales. Cardiff, Wales: Stationery Office.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 2 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 26 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 2nd January 2018 - 16th July 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Survey of the provision of psychological therapies for older people

  • Ceri Evans (a1) and Paul Reynolds (a2)
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *