SLaM leading the way in talking therapies

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is one of only two trusts in the country to have been awarded funding from the Department of Health to increase access to psychological therapies for people with psychosis and their carers.

The funding means that the Psychosis CAG is an IAPT-SMI (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – Severe Mental Illness) Psychosis Demonstration Site. Expanding access to talking therapies services for people with severe mental illness is part of the Government’s four year plan for talking therapies (2011-2015).

SLaM has a long history of providing innovative and exemplary practice in psychological treatments for psychosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBTp) and Family Intervention (FI). Indeed, staff members from the Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry were involved in the initial development and evaluation of both treatment approaches.

The additional funding from the Department of Health will be used to increase therapy provision by 50%. The IAPT-SMI service spans three clinical teams: an Early Intervention team (STEP), a specialist recovery service (SHARP), and a psychological therapy team (PICuP).

The benefits for service users and their carers is improved access to NICE recommended psychological therapies for psychosis (CBTp and FI) across all four SLaM boroughs, with clear referral pathways, including self-referral, reduced waiting times and regular assessment of progress to ensure that therapy is helpful.

Philippa Garety, Clinical Director and Joint leader, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG), said: “We are delighted that the Department of Health has selected the SLaM Psychosis CAG as a demonstration site. It reflects well on all the hard work and commitment of the staff in promoting access to psychological therapies, which we know to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

A demonstration site open day will take place on Monday 1 July for people to find out more about the IAPT-SMI service from clinicians, service users and carers. There will be presentations, feedback on progress and an opportunity for informal discussions and networking. The event is free, but you are asked to book your place beforehand.

When: 1pm to 5pm 1 July 2013

Where: Ortus Learning Centre at the Maudsley Denmark Hill Campus

Contact: Louise.Johns@slam.nhs.uk

#RT via Matthew via http://www.slam.nhs.uk

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