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Roll-out of therapy programme stalling

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An 'urgent rethink' of mental health care is needed to complete the national rollout of the Improved Access to Psychological Therapy programme, a report has found.

How mental illness loses out in the NHS, published by the London School of Economics, claims that many local commissioners are not using their IAPT budgets appropriately.

'Commissioners have been given £400 million in their baseline budgets for 2011-14 in order to complete the national roll-out,' it said. 'But many local commissioners are not using their budgets for the intended purpose.'

It calls for completion of the IAPT roll-out to be a added to the NHS Outcomes Framework, and for the NHS Commissioning Board to make IAPT one of its 'priority projects'.

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