Benefits for healthcare providers
- Lower costs:
- TPT costs are 80% less than the cost of a course of therapy by a psychological wellbeing practitioner
- No need for staff training or regular service-user supervision by a therapist
- No extra capital investment
- Secondary prevention reduces need for further treatment.
- The first line prescribing of TPT can reduce drug prescription charges.
- Reduction in demand for consultations by 'revolving door' patients
- Cuts waiting lists: High-level IAPT and secondary care services are freed up for more seriously ill service-users
- Instant access:
- Presenting service-users can leave the consulting room with a prescription giving immediate access to a suitable treatment offered in the 'language of their thoughts'...
- The patient/prescriber relationship can be improved by responsive early intervention
- Reduced dependency: Opportunity to reduce risk and cost of service-user dependency on prescription drugs
- Reduced benefits bill: Service-users can get back to work without deteriorating on a waiting list for other treatments
- Cost-effective: This results in a more cost-effective and economical solution for commissioners and prescribers and greater choice for service-users
- Supports Government initiatives on:
- Cost reductions in the NHS
- Patient choice
- Flexible delivery of services
- Access by minority groups
- Use of new technology
- Innovation programmes
Meeting the Government agenda
In the face of growing numbers of people with common mental health problems and in an environment of increasing costs and reduced budgets the Government is directing commissioners to look for new ways of improving accessibility to treatment. TPT falls in line with many of these objectives, such as:
- NICE Commissioning Guidance CMG41 calls for accessibility:
'Commissioners should specify that (low intensity psychological intervention) services are accessible, for example:
- Providing services outside normal working hours
- Delivering interventions in a person's home
- Using appropriate technology'
- NICE Clinical Guideline 123 on 'pathways to care for common mental health disorders' says:
'Consider using modifications to the delivery of interventions such as:
- Technology (for example, text messages, telephones) for people who may find it difficult to, or choose not to, attend a specific service
- Bilingual therapists or independent translators