10 Oct is world mental health day. This year the focus is on depression: a global crisis
To support the improvement of IAPT services in London 135 new psychological wellbeing practitioners and high intensity trainees have just started their cognitive behavioural training (CBT). The improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) programme is a nationally led NHS initiative which is developing services to offer a range of NICE approved interventions for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
The higher education institutions delivering this year’s CBT training are University College London, Institute of Psychiatry and Royal Holloway/ Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
25 London IAPT services have taken on new CBT trainees with 73 new posts being recruited to 14 less developed outer London services. This will make a considerable contribution towards meeting Department of Health expectations and NHS operating framework requirements of IAPT services meeting at least 15% of local unmet need and 50% recovery rates by 2014/15.
The London IAPT team, based at London Health Programmes, supports the development of 31 services across the capital. Governance and oversight of the team’s work programme is approved by a clinical executive comprising of senior clinical leaders, commissioners, academics and NHS London performance colleagues. The clinical executive was instrumental in securing course trainee fees and ongoing salary support contributions from NHS London’s MPET allocation. Discussions are already underway with workforce education colleagues on the sixth and final ‘wave’ of IAPT recruitment in 2013/14.
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