Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - OPEN

Clinical Commissioning Groups plan and pay for healthcare services for our communities, ensuring best value for money for our patients. We regularly review all the services we commission to ensure that we are using NHS funds appropriately and fairly. We are constantly looking for ways use our resources in the most efficient and effective way and this means that we have to look at how we can do things differently.  

The NHS is funded through taxation and this provides a fixed budget to buy and provide health services for the whole population. Commissioning health services is about understanding the health of a population group, planning what services to purchase to meet those needs and monitoring the quality of services that are delivered. 

The challenge faced by organisations across the NHS is how to spend their allocated budgets in a way that benefits the health of the whole population while ensuring that services also meet the needs of individuals and delivers value for money.  

With a growing population and rising demand for services, CCGs have to evaluate every service they commission to see if they offer good quality, value for money and an effective and equitable way of using our resources. At present there is a significant financial challenge in the NHS which has meant that more than ever we are having to ensure that the money we receive from the Government for local NHS care is spent in the fairest and most efficient way. 

Overall, NICE and other clinical studies have not found sufficient evidence to suggest that Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a more effective treatment in comparison to other specialist psychological therapies. NICE mandates the commissioning of some specialist psychotherapies, which means CCGs should really commission them, but NICE does not mandate the commissioning of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. 

On the basis of NICE’s recommendations, and to ensure we are spending money fairly across Derbyshire,the four CCGs in Derbyshire are proposing to decommission the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy element of the specialist psychological therapy provision.  

You can read more about the service and the proposals HERE.

After you have read the information please take the time to complete the survey. You can complete the survey by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PPTherapy 

Alternatively, you can print the survey by clicking HERE and simply write the text below on an envelope (no stamp needed) to send it in:  


This Consultation will close at 5pm on Friday, 11 January (postal entries must be received by this date so please allow time for postage).

There will also be a series of small discussion groups in Derby run by Healthwatch Derbyshire on: 

12 November 2018 
13 November 2018 
15 November 2018 
26 November 2018

If you would like to attend one of these events please contact Claire Haynes, Engagement Manager by email on sderccg.enquiries@nhs.net or call 01332 868 677

Last modified: 10/10/2018