Three month wait between therapy

During the last year or so we have plenty of anecdotal evidence that following a course of OCD treatment with an IAPT service (usually just 6-8 sessions), people are often told they have to wait 3+ months before they can have further treatment, the usual excuse is that it 'gives the patient opportunity to put into practice what they have learned'.

This is absolutely not the case, it is not a NICE recommendation and to ensure we have factual evidence behind our advice we confirmed this with NHS England who told us in October that:

“referrals should be progressed through the system in a timely manner, and so multiple month waiting times between treatments are not in line with current guidance, and are certainly not advocated by NHS England.”

Should you be met with resistance to offer you further CBT therapy at the end of a course of therapy, please show the therapy service this webpage or consult your GP and advise them of the NHS England advice from above.

This article first appeared in the OCD-UK members magazine in November 2016.


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