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Barriers in accessing care 

1 November 2023

The BABCP welcomes the report from the NHS Race and Health Observatory 'Ethnic Inequalities in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)'.

This report is testimony to the hard work of Wellbeing Practitioners and High Intensity therapists in NHS Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression in England, many of whom are BABCP members. We are proud of the work done by our Equalities and Culture Special Interest Group in facilitating this work.

The report shows that mental health outcomes have improved for some communities. However, it highlights the need for commissioners to provide ring-fenced funding and resources to make sure that disadvantaged, minoritised communities receive the full benefits of evidence-based mental health care. 

Clinicians must have access to resources, time, training and supervision to ensure that they have confidence to work with people from diverse backgrounds and different ethnicities. Offering equitable access to evidence-based mental health care for every community leads will lead to overall better outcomes and benefits everyone.

As the Lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland, we are committed to anti-racism in every aspect of mental health care. We support the NHS Race and Health Observatory and NHS England in implementing the recommendations from the report and the IAPT BAME Positive Practice Guide.

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