Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been successful in securing £200,000 of additional funds from NHS England as part of the national NHS programme of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
The service will help bring mental health and physical health care together and ensure that people with long term physical health conditions, with the focus on diabetes and respiratory problems, can get help for any mental health problems they have, such as depression and anxiety.
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG explained:
“People with long term physical illnesses suffer more complications if they also develop mental health problems which can worsen their condition, affect their ability to self-manage, and lead to increased and longer hospital admissions. There is good evidence that dedicated mental health provision as part of an integrated service can substantially help reduce mental health problems. Pilot schemes in other parts of the country which provide such support have proven that it helps to improve the overall health of the individual. From September 2017, we will be embedding staff with psychological skills into GP practices in Telford and Wrekin to support people with diabetes and respiratory long term conditions who have depression and/or anxiety to start the service. Staff will also be promoting good mental health to help stop problems from happening by making it easier to access high-quality care and support as this is a huge part of learning to cope or manage a physical illness. This will make it much easier for GPs, nurses and other health care professionals to refer or signpost to interventions that really make a difference to people’s lives and can reduce the need for onward healthcare. We are delighted to be introducing this new way of working across our CCG.”
Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director, NHS England said:
“Telford and Wrekin CCG have been successful in securing funding as part of Wave 2 of the IAPT Early Implementer Programme. 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 40 CCGs including Telford and Wrekin right across England.”