Over the past two years, we've engaged robustly with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as they've updated their guidance on Depression in adults. We're pleased to see that this engagement has paid off and that the latest draft guidance continues to support the case for counselling as an effective intervention for the treatment for depression in adults.

Our response to the NICE guidance

We used the opportunity to raise many concerns with the proposed guideline. Some of these included, questioning NICE’s privileging of RCT evidence, their failure to include large standardised routine datasets and their assumptions of the cost-effectiveness of the recommended interventions.

We'd like to thank all of you who shared your views on what the proposed changes mean for you and your clients.

Read our full response:

BACP response to the draft NICE guidance on depression (pdf 0.5MB)

Publication of draft guideline was delayed until 21 March 2018.