The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) model raises many questions – Where does mental health nursing fit in primary care?

Where does mental health nursing fit in primary care? Nursing Times; 2011, 107: 45, 24-25

Jude Caie is mental health nurse therapist, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, HMP Manchester, Manchester, UK

Abstract:

The introduction of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies scheme in primary mental health care has raised questions about mental health nurses’ role and function. This article considers some of the key questions around where and indeed whether nursing continues to have a place within primary mental health care.

KEY POINTS

 

  1. The remit of Imp
  2. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is to provide timely and time-limited therapy
  3. New roles in the IAPT framework mean nurses can access new training
  4. Becoming part of the IAPT structure could give mental health nurses the opportunity to have their skills formally recognised
  5. It is up to individual mental health nurses to decide whether they can work within an IAPT model
  6. Nursing must fight to survive and establish its place within a changing healthcare environment

 

Lancashire Care staff can request the full-text of this paper, email: susan.jennings@lancashirecare.nhs.uk