Talking about Talking therapies and Patient Training event


I hope this finds you well. Here is information about a couple of upcoming events we wanted to share with you. Please circulate the information to other groups or individuals who you think it may be of interest to.  

Talking about Talking Therapies

Following a review in 2013 it was found that there was not equal access to talking therapies for all Southwark residents. As a result the CCG are in the process of evolving a service specification for future talking therapies in Southwark and are seeking the views of local residents to inform its development. Further background details about why we are doing this and what patients have previously told us can be found on the Get Involved pages of the CCG website page.

To explore this with local people we are having an engagement event on 8 April to discuss the options. You can book for the engagement event online directly and the full details can be seen on the flyer which is also attached to this email.  If you are unable to attend this event but still want to contribute you can complete the online survey as well.

Talking therapy event flyer April 2014

Training for Patients who want to have a say in shaping local health services

There are still a couple of spaces available for the next patient training session that we are delivering on 26 March. You can book a place for this online or by contacting the Membership and Engagement team on 020 7525 7888. This session will be helping participants to develop ‘Skills for Successful meetings’ and is being delivered in conjunction with the Consultation Institute. More details can be found on our website.

Patient Leader Skills training – 26 March 2014

Kind regards

Membership, Engagement and Communications

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group

Postal Address: 1st Floor, Hub 5, PO Box 64529 London SE1P 5LX

Base: 160 Tooley St London SE1 2QH


Telephone: 020 7525 7888

Media: 020 3049 3333

Out of Hours Media07876 448 602

The best possible health outcomes for Southwark people


Will you ask the NHS to value mental health?

We’re a member of the We Need To Talk coalition, a group of charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service providers who believe in the effectiveness of psychological therapies.Today we published We still need to talk, a report which tells us that a third of people with the most severe mental illness are not offered talking therapy by the NHS. Yet evidence shows that when people do get help, it improves their health and helps make recovery possible – it can also help prevent people from developing psychosis in the first place.

Take action now – tell the NHS how important our mental health is

One in five people with severe mental illness are waiting more than a year to get psychological therapies. We would rightly never accept this state of affairs for people with physical health problems – it should be no different for people with mental illness.

We want the NHS to offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to anyone who needs it within 28 days of anyone requesting a referral.

Our brilliant colleagues at Mind are putting pressure on MPs and Government Ministers. But David Nicholson, the Chief Executive of the NHS, also has a crucial role to play in making this happen. The NHS has already agreed to introduce waiting times but we’re really worried it isn’t happening quickly enough. If we collectively act we have a much greater chance of making this change happen.

Will you ask David Nicholson to lead the way so that people with severe mental illness have access to the help they need, when they need it? By taking this action you are making it clear that our mental health is important to the NHS.

Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,

Charlotte Wetton, Senior Campaigns Officer.

Mind survey of users of NHS psychological therapies services

Are you getting the talking therapy you need? Are you waiting to see someone or are you struggling to get treatment? Complete our online survey and let us know what you think of talking therapies available in your area. We’ll be publishing our findings in December.

Our last report on talking therapies was in 2010 and your views and experiences are vital for us to see how things have changed. Has access to talking therapies improved or have things got worse?

The survey will take you 10 minutes to fill out – please help us find out more about talking therapies.

The survey will close on 18th October.

Talking Therapies Evaluation Workshop 8th August

Please could you let people know about this workshop which is for people who have used Lambeth Talking Therapies Service (Lambeth Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)) since November 2012

Talking About Talking Therapies flyer

Booking direct with the people organising the workshop – details on the flyer.

Here are some myths about depression and bipolar…courtesy NAMI

myths and facts

#RT via Jackie via

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


#RT via Matthew via