Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Chair: Dr Angela Kennedy, Consultant Psychologist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in 2008 and is primarily for people who have mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Over 900,000 people now access IAPT services each year, and the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health committed to expanding services further, alongside improving quality.

IAPT services provide evidence based treatments for people with anxiety and depression (implementing NICE guidelines).

Supporting quality improvement and development of IAPT services is a priority for Clinical Networks. Within Northern England the Mental Health Network has established an IAPT forum to bring together commissioners, providers and service users.

The aim of this forum is to support providers and commissioners to achieve the current access and waiting times standards, work towards the stretch targets for 2020/21 and increase the capacity and capability to treat people with long term physical health conditions.

The forum will do this by providing opportunities to:
• link with regional and national NHS England colleagues, including the IAPT Intensive Support Team
• facilitate local understanding of effective service delivery through sharing of good practice
• gather and share intelligence on current capacity and capability to treat people with LTCs
• work together to identify and address challenges.

Recovery Event – 30th January 2017

The Intensive Support Team Masterclass event ‘Improving Recovery for Patients’ was held in January 2017.

The purpose of the event was to help providers and commissioners including data people, clinical leads, operational managers and clinicians improve recovery rates.  The Masterclass was delivered by the Intensive Support Team (IST) NHS England.

The aims of the masterclass were:

  • to improve on recovery rates to reach the 50% national target.
  • to understand the themes that underpin good recovery rates.
  • to explore local service performance and identify areas of improvement.
  • to share good practice.
  • to develop a bespoke action plan for your service based on the masterclass.

Read the event report and evaluation

Support for Commissioning of IAPT Event – 11th July 2017

The Northern England Mental Health Network held the Support for Commissioning of IAPT event  in Durham on 11 July 2017. The event was well attended and the workshops were run as a learning community to give commissioners the maximum opportunity to learn from each other in an open environment. The programme for the event consisted of presentations from local speakers who provided information on learning from good IAPT performance, learning from deep dive, implications for commissioning, and new payment approaches.

Feedback from the audience was very positive about the event.

Event presentation slides

Event programme

Save the Date! Integrated IAPT Event – 4th October 2017

We are working with the national team to host an Integrated IAPT event on 4 October 2017 for providers and commissioners – save the date!  Please see a draft agenda below:

  1. Introduction to the Integrated IAPT programme
  2. Learning from the Integrated IAPT programme
  3. Integrated pathways
  4. Challenges/ concerns discussion
  5. Break
  6. Data linkage and evidencing savings
  7. Presentation from local area on learning from their experience and key challenges
  8. Panel Q and

Demand and Capacity Workshops- Nick Gitsham Improvement Manager – Mental Health NHSI

Three Demand and Capacity workshops were planned on the following dates – led By Nick Gitsham NHSI

6 December 2017- Radisson Blu Durham

17 January 2018 –  The Durham Centre

24 April 2018 – The Durham Centre


IAPT  Review and Planning Event  – 21 March 2018 – Bowburn Hall Hotel – Angela Kennedy

2017/18 has been a busy year for the IAPT Programme. Taking stock of all that has been achieved across the region and all that is still to be realised this is an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and help shape the upcoming work plans for 18-19.









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