About IAPT

You can signpost clients to self refer via this website form here. Alternatively we recommend submitting this form on behalf of the client.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme supports frontline NHS in implementing the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.

It was created to offer patients a realistic and routine first-line treatment, combined where appropriate with medication which traditionally had been the only treatment available. The programme was first targeted at people of working age but in 2010 was opened to adults of all ages.

For further information on the IAPT programme please go to the IAPT website.

Key documents include:

Direct Access Workshops for the people you work with

  • Prevention and early intervention of mental health problems is an important part of our remit as a primary care service. Catching difficulties early can prevent mental health difficulties from worsening and prevent the need for longer term therapies. It is also important to try to improve access for groups who might not ordinarily refer themselves for help via traditional routes.
  • Turning Point Talking Therapies are happy to deliver free workshops for any existing groups of individuals which can be directly accessed without the need for referrals to the service.
  • For example within GP surgeries or existing support groups we would offer
    • Emotional Wellbeing and stress management workshop
    • Improve your sleep workshop
    • Emotional Eating
    • Managing Stress at work
    • Managing Irritability
    • Mindfulness and Relaxation
  • They will be information giving workshops, which provide helping coping strategies and self help techniques for all abilities and there will be lots of take home resources for the attendees. There will also be opportunities for people to explore and refer into further support quickly at the event
  • Two of our qualified therapists could come on a prearranged date to your surgery or venue (we could organise an external venue if you do not have a group room to run this workshop). You would be able to book people on yourself and just let us know the numbers. If the attendees found this beneficial, we would be very happy to look at running this on an ongoing basis for you
  • We would also be happy at look at bespoking workshops for the groups you work with, for example we have recently written and delivered workshops specifically for carer’s of those suffering with cancer. If you would like to discuss any of these options please do not hesitate to contact us and ask to speak to a Team Leader.

I have signposted someone to the service – what happens next?

Please click here to learn more about the client journey after referral

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