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Improving access to psychological therapies

What is the programme and its aims?
The focus of this programme is to support local providers to achieve the national improving access to psychological therapies key performance indicators, with improved health care outcomes and quality of life of people with anxiety and depression. Some of the activities we are working on are:
  • Conducting a training needs analysis for psychological therapies in conjunction with Health Education East Midlands.
  • Providing workshops for optimum improving access to psychological therapies staffing models.
  • Supporting clinical commissioning groups and providers in the region on delivering the national programme and supporting quality improvement input to underperforming areas.
Why is the programme required?
Across the East Midlands, clinical commissioning groups' access rates for improving access to psychological therapies services range from 8.3% to 26.7% (2014/15). This means that patients in the region will receive varied experiences and outcomes.

Who are the partners?
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Mental health trusts
  • Acute trusts
  • Local authority organisations
  • Health Education East Midlands
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • East Midlands Clinical Research Network
  • East Midlands NIHR CLAHRC
  • Public Health England East Midlands
  • East Midlands Leadership Academy
How are we making a difference?
We supported improving access to psychological therapy providers to produce a directory of services for the national 111 website with the aim to better inform the public of how to access their local service.

We conducted a training needs analysis for Health Education East Midlands on future training requirements and courses - this was the first time it had been completed in the East Midlands.

What are the key resources?
Who to contact for further information?
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Head of Clinical Network (Mental Health)