Further to our letter of the 24th March, we are now in a position to fully respond to your request and this is the information we hold:
1. The most recent Contract between Calderdale Commissioning Group and SWYPFT regarding Psychological Therapies and Art Psychotherapy specifically, including details of any contract penalties that may be applicable.
• There are no contract penalties relating to psychology or art psychotherapy.
• Secondary care psychology is part of the main SWYPFT contract. The contract term is 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2017. The contract includes cluster specifications. There is no separate specification for secondary care psychology or art psychotherapy.
• Primary care psychology (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies or IAPT) is provided by SWYPFT and Insight Ltd under AQP contracts.
• There is no contract for art psychotherapy; however this has been provided by SWYPFT for a number of years under the SWYPFT main contract referred to above.
2. The financial budget for the last 3 years for Psychological Therapies and for the Art Psychotherapy Service specifically.
• The contract does not include a separate budget line for art psychotherapy.
• The contract does not include a separate budget line for secondary care psychology.
• The budget for primary care psychology (IAPT) is £1.2M
3. Any documents (including memos, internal correspondence, emails and minutes from meetings) from the last 3 years related to the clinical and financial analysis of Psychological Therapies including any specific analysis of the Art Psychotherapy Service and any analysis related to proposals to close the service.
• There are no formal minutes relating to art psychotherapy.
• There are no formal minutes relating to secondary care psychology.
• Minutes are available for IAPT meetings; however, under the AQP contract payment is made for completed cases. Financial analysis has not therefore been required.
4. Any documents (including memos, internal correspondence, emails and minutes from meetings) relating to the difficulties of justifying the existence of the Art Psychotherapy Service, including any discussion about its relationship with Evidence Based Practice and NICE clinical guidelines.
• There have been no meetings about the above and as such there are no formal minutes relating to art psychotherapy.
5. Any documents (including memos, internal correspondence, emails and minutes from meetings) regarding psychological therapies and specifically the Art Psychotherapy Service that relate to the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s current Strategic 5 year plan on Mental Health.
• There are no formal minutes relating to the art psychotherapy service
We recognise that we have only been able to provide a limited amount of information, this is because there have been no commissioning discussions held with SWYPFT about the art psychotherapy services. The CCG only became involved in discussions with SWYPFT about this service after they had started to receive letters of concern from service users.
Given the concerns that have been expressed by service users and which were raised at the scrutiny committee the CCG has offered to work with SWYPFT, service users and councillors in order to consider all relevant information and agree on next steps.
We have however requested a further search to identify any information that we may hold relating to psychological therapies and commit to responding to you on this by Friday 6th May.
Thank you for your application for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which we originally received on 9th March 2016.
Further to our letters of 24th March, and 22nd April 2016 we are now in a position to fully respond to your request:
Following a further search NHS Calderdale CCG have been unable to identify any further information that we hold relating to psychological therapies in addition to the responses previously provided.