25 July 2013
Talking therapies benefit BaNES patients
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
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
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