STRUCTURE: Commissioners in Derbyshire have launched a consultation on plans to reconfigure mental health services in the county, which could involve shutting some services.

The consultation sets out plans to commission talking therapies services, which are recommended by NICE, in place of “treatments that do not have the best evidence base such as psychodynamic psychotherapy”.

The consultation is open until on 30 October.

David Gardner, head of mental health commissioning at NHS Derbyshire, said: “Provision of evidence-based psychological therapies can have the benefit of preventing more people from needing more specialist care. This is consistent with current government policy which is calling on the NHS to invest more in talking therapies and improved access for patients.

“An example of this is the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which has been implemented in Derby City and some parts of Derbyshire County for people with mild to moderately severe anxiety and depression.”

He added the PCT was “working closely” with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services in the City and County, and said discussions have taken place with GPs, senior psychological therapy staff and psychiatrists to inform the service review.

The PCT was also working with Derbyshire Voice, a support organisation representing service users, which plays an important part in working to improve mental health services across Derby City and Derbyshire, Mr Gardner said.