25 July 2013

Talking therapies benefit BaNES patients

LIFT_BANESNHS BaNES Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed AWP to provide community-based psychological therapies.

The new psychological therapies offered include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling and other services aimed at tackling common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

The service - known as LIFT (Least Intervention First Time) - has been running throughout Swindon and Wiltshire for many years and has attracted plaudits from the Department of Health as one of the national pilots for its work with people with long-term conditions.

It will provide more consistent quality for patients and also widen access to talking therapies, including for people who may have long-term medical conditions. There will also be a single point of contact making it easy to access.

Dr Simon Douglass, Clinical Accountable Officer for the CCG, said: "The CCG aims to provide a consistent, integrated service that meets national standards. LIFT will provide access to a choice of talking therapies, emphasising psychological health in older people, those with long-term health conditions, people from minority communities and young adults."

Through its work in commissioning talking therapy services, the CCG aims to:

  • reduce stigma and discrimination and encourage mental health and wellbeing in individuals.
  • ensure people experiencing common mental health problems have equal access to talking therapies.
  • have flexible services that provides people with a choice of talking therapies and ways in which that therapy is provided.
  • ensure that client feedback and outcomes are central to how the quality of the service is measured.

The newly-commissioned service will be available through GP surgeries as well as a variety of community settings across Bath and North East Somerset from 1 August.

People can contact LIFT directly on phone number 01225 675150 or to find out more visit www.lift.awp.nhs.uk

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