Psychological Therapies, Annual Report on the use of IAPT services – England, 2014-15

Health and Social Care Information Centre, December 2015

Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 1,267,193 referrals were received with over a third of these being self referrals. The average waiting time between referral as start of treatment was 32 days.

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Learning Disabilities: IAPT Positive Practice Guide

Mental Health Foundation, September 2015

This Positive Practice Guide, which is written by experts in learning disabilities, summarises the needs of people with learning disabilities and clearly outlines the reasonable adjustments that are recommended to ensure that people with learning disabilities get the maximum benefit from treatment within an IAPT service.

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Guidance to support the introduction of access and waiting time standards for Mental Health services in 2015/16

NHS England, 13 February 2015

NHS England has set out guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.

In October, NHS England and the Department of Health announced the measures in the report Improving better access to mental health services by 2020.

NHS England’s guidance explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during the year ahead working with providers and other partners.

It sets out how commissioners and providers can begin to prepare for implementation of the new early intervention in psychosis and liasion mental health standards.  It says plans need to be submitted about how local commissioners will meet the new IAPT standard for people with depression and anxiety disorders.  It updates on funding for eating disorders.

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies and Learning Disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, October 2014

This study explores the relationships between the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in England and people with learning disabilities and the people and services that support these service users.  The study sets out to answer the following questions:

1. What are the barriers and facilitators facing people with learning disabilities in
accessing IAPT? How do these relate to the views, practices and service delivery
models described by IAPT and specialist learning disability staff in England?
2. What are the strategies and practices that staff employ to support people with
learning disabilities to make good use of IAPT services?
3. What advances are needed at the level of individual staff capabilities, service
delivery models, management, commissioning and policy development to
ensure equitable access to IAPT for people with learning disabilities?

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Psychological therapies and parity of esteem: from commitment to reality

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, December 2014

This report, by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), looks at how to make parity of esteem a reality in relation to NHS psychological therapy services. It includes the views of service users in need of, or in receipt of, psychological therapy, as well as the practitioners and organisations involved in its delivery.

The report looks at the overall provision of psychological therapy in the NHS and has a specific focus on primary care, as this is the setting for the delivery of the majority of psychological therapy services and is usually the first port of call for those with psychosocial problems.  Much of the information available on psychological therapies in primary care is from IAPT services, but the recommendations made in the report are for all psychological therapy services funded and provided by the NHS, within and alongside IAPT.

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