Issue - meetings

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Meeting: 15/11/2016 - Health Policy and Performance Board (Item 23)

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The Board received a report from the Director of Adult Services, and an accompanying presentation from Angela Ryan, Assistant Director for Halton 5 Borough Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Sheila McHale, Head of Children and Families, Adult Mental Health, NHS Halton CCG, that provided an update in respect of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) delivery and development of the service in Halton.


The presentation included information such as the conditions that were treated; the numbers of people in Halton experiencing these disorders; their recovery rates; and patient feedback.  Members requested a copy of the presentation which would be emailed following the meeting.


It was noted that the onward plan for the IAPT was to increase productivity; maintain and improve clinical quality; and maintain high levels of client satisfaction.


Following the presentation Members’ queries provided the following additional points of clarification or information:


·       Clients were monitored closely as they progressed through Steps 2 and 3 of IAPT services and would be referred to Step 4 if no recovery was made;


·       Re-referrals did occur and although they were re-admitted to the service, other interventions could be looked at and provided alongside the IAPT to support the client;


·       Comparisons with other areas were requested – these could be provided for the other two Boroughs, as the service was only offered in 3 out of the 5 Boroughs;


·       E-therapy was now provided to clients through ‘Silvercloud’ and was being accessed by people of all ages.  Clients decide themselves to go on the review and the information they provided was constantly analysed.  This service had only been offered since August so an analysis was still to be made; this would be shared with the Board once available;


·       Each Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) trainee worked alongside a supervisor in a team for 3 months; they also had to pass their exams to qualify, these would be at the end of this year.


RESOLVED: That the Board notes the report and comments made.