15 new sites unveiled in integrated IAPT expansion
A second wave of integrated psychological therapies which will help people with a long-term physical health condition alongside their anxiety, depression or medically unexplained symptoms has been announced by NHS England.
This second phase of Integrated IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) funding will see 15 new sites across England, representing 38 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), delivering improved access to treatment and better outcomes for patients.
The wave two IAPT sites, and their respective CCGs partnerships, are
- Bath and North East Somerset CCG, Wiltshire CCG
- Coventry & Rugby CCG, South Warwickshire CCG, Warwickshire North CCG
- Nottingham City CCG
- Sheffield CCG
- Solihull CCG
- South East Staffordshire & Seisdon CCG, Cannock Chase CCG, Stafford & Surrounds CCG, East Staffs CCG
- Thurrock CCG
- Blackpool CCG, Wyre and Fylde CCG, Chorley & South Ribble CCG, West Lancashire CCG, Lancashire North CCG
- Haringey CCG, Islington CCG
- Brent CCG, Harrow CCG, Central London CCG, West London CCG, Hammersmith & Fulham CCG, Ealing CCG, Hounslow CCG
- Dorset CCG
- Ashford CCG, Canterbury & Coastal CCG, South Kent Coast CCG, Thanet CCG
- North East Lincolnshire CCG
- Hardwick CCG, North Derbyshire CCG, Southern Derbyshire CCG, Erewash CCG
- Telford & Wrekin CCG.
NHS England’s National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch, said: “Mental health issues affect thousands of adults every day. This funding is for new integrated services which specifically help patients with a long-term condition alongside anxiety or depression, or a medically unexplained symptom.
“The plans for integrated talking therapies are ambitious: we aim to see 200,000 patients each year with the help of 1,500 new practitioners in primary care by March 2019.
“This new wave of funding is just one of the ways we are reaching the targets we set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. It’s also really good news, improving care in CCGs right across England.”
NHS England has invested £20 million to expand integrated IAPT services. Twenty-three successful bids for wave one (£11m) began delivery in January 2017.
People with common mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, depression, or medically unexplained symptoms often also have physical long-term conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. When mental and physical health problems are treated in an integrated way people can achieve better outcomes.
New psychological therapy provision will see physical and mental health care provision co-located. Therapy will be integrated into existing medical pathways and services – either primary care, or secondary care services.
High quality integrated IAPT services will lead to reduced demand and savings in physical healthcare services. A commitment to identify and reinvest savings into IAPT services, making the funding sustainable, will be a key part of successful proposals.