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  • Delivery of psychological therapies and interventions: national specification - consultation

    Created: 28/01/2023

    The Scottish Government wants to hear your views on the draft specification for psychological therapies and interventions.

    A 'specification' is a document that sets out the standards that someone should expect when accessing or delivering psychological therapies or interventions. These standards are quite specific to psychological therapies and interventions. They are based on evidence about what should happen. 


    Psychological therapies and interventions are:

    • evidence-based approaches that can improve your health by helping you make changes to your thinking, behaviour, and relationships to reduce distress, treat mental health difficulties, help manage emotions and improve wellbeing;
    • delivered in a broad range of health, social care, and third sector settings in Scotland; across the age range and for a wide range of need; and
    • evidence based techniques used to promote good psychological health, prevent psychological ill health, and provide mental health interventions

    Currently, there is no national specification for the delivery of psychological therapies and interventions in Scotland. People with lived experience of accessing psychological therapies and interventions and people who work and volunteer in services, have identified this as a barrier in the delivery of quality care and support. The development of this specification aims to address this gap. The Scottish Government seeks to make sure that there is a well-functioning psychological care system, which helps you to receive the right information, support, intervention or service appropriate for your needs.

    Your answers to this consultation will help refine the final specification and develop how the Government will measure if the specification is being met. The consultation closes for views on 17 March 2023.

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