Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is seeking local people’s views on the future of ‘talking therapies’ in the area.
Like many areas of the country BNSSG is seeing a rise in the number of people with mental health problems and the CCG’s ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) programme aims to make sure that patients experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression can easily access the right care for their needs.
The CCG is due to appoint a new provider of IAPT services and to make sure that the service meets people’s needs, it is seeking views on a detailed specification for the service, setting out the positive changes the service must make for the people who use it.
The draft specification reflects the outcomes of earlier consultation with service users, in which several hundred people who have benefited from the IAPT programme shared their experiences, and views on how the service should operate.
Dr David Soodeen, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at BNSSG CCG said “IAPT is an excellent service which has helped thousands of people since its introduction in 2008.”
“It was part of an extremely successful consultation process earlier this year, which received very good responses.”
“This is an opportunity for members of the public to see their feedback put into action, helping us to continue shaping better mental health services for residents of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.”
By taking a holistic approach that makes strong connections with existing services, IAPT will be able to show meaningful and sustained recovery and service user outcomes.
You can find the full service specification document, along with the survey, by clicking the link below.