Reassurances are being sought on the future of the Derbyshire psychotherapy service that works with adults traumatised as children by severe abuse, such as sexual and physical abuse, following a pause in the consultation process.

The call has come from Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, which represents the eight psychotherapists at the psychodynamic psychotherapy service that has benefited an estimated 10,000 Derbyshire residents over the years.

The Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have announced the intention to pause the current public consultation on the future of the service. The pause has come following strong protests from the public worried at the possibility of an estimated £750,000 worth of cuts to the service.

The governing body of the CCGs is expected to approve the pause at its meeting on Thursday 13 December. Unite has been calling for a long-overdue review of all psychological therapies in Derbyshire for the last year, which the CCGs have now eventually agreed to, following public pressure.

Unite national officer for health Jackie Williams said: “We are delighted that the clinical commissioning groups have decided to pause the consultation process, following the strong campaign that SOS NHS Derbyshire has run with the full support of Unite.

“It is clear that the people of Derbyshire really value the psychotherapy service which is estimated to have helped up to 10,000 clients in recent years.

“Unite will be pressing in the coming days that there are iron-clad guarantees from the commissioners that the threat to the service has been lifted once and for all - and not postponed.

“The demand for this service is irrefutable and it has to turn away two out of every three people referred to it. The service should be expanded and not be under threat. 

“It has an excellent record of helping adults deeply traumatised by severe abuse as children, such as neglect, as well as sexual and physical abuse.
“Many of those who attend for therapy have self-harmed and attempted suicide on one or more occasions and/or have been admitted to psychiatric hospital.
“The service is consistently judged in quality inspections as being ‘outstanding’.”


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.