Recommissioning of IAPT services
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are seeking your views on a new approach to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
IAPT is a national programme to support people of all ages who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and depression, stress, excessive worry or difficulties controlling emotions. These therapies, sometimes known as ‘talking therapies’, typically involve treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapies, mindfulness, groups and courses to help people better understand and improve their mental health.
The new service will also connect people with other support in the area, for example help with keeping or finding employment, accessing benefits or debt advice, social isolation and long term physical health conditions. This is because depression and anxiety is strongly connected with other things that are going on in people’s lives.
Unemployment, social isolation, poverty and debt, housing difficulties and homelessness all have a big impact on mental health and the new IAPT service will address this through connecting with services that work in all these areas.
BNSSG CCGs would like to take this opportunity to redesign and recommission a new IAPT service for everyone in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Give us your views
We want to hear your thoughts to help us shape the future of IAPT.