therapyIvan Lewis, the director of United Kingdom National Health Services (NHS) has announced a significant expansion of cognitive behavioral intervention (CBT) throughout the UK health care system.

The initiative will help the NHS create a new workforce that can offer properly supervised low intensity and high intensity therapy. The expansion of services will lessen waiting times for treatment and help patients achieve a level of recovery that they can clearly see.

The efficacy of CBT intervention was demonstrated in clinical trials that were independently reviewed by the national Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis said:

“This initiative will transform the way the NHS helps people with depression and anxiety disorders. It will help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems. I believe it is one of the most important advances for NHS services in a generation.”

Over the next three years, 3,600 extra therapists will be trained and offer treatment to 900,000 people. In the first year, at least 700 therapists will be trained and see around 100,000 people.

Source: Department of Health UK