During March and April 2018 we engaged with local people about proposals for a new mental health service model called Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
This piece of work was taking place across five CCGs. In County Durham we held two open public sessions at the end of March so that patients, public and other interested parties to hear from the County Durham project lead about the background of the IAPT work and the intentions for the new mode. The proposed new IAPT model is targeting how the CCGs can provide new elements of support (a well-being offer and specific support for people with a long term conditions) and achieve the national patient access target of 25%.
A series of targeted sessions were also held with a range of groups such as chronic pain patients, individuals with Learning Disabilities, substance misuse groups and individuals with hearing loss and deafness. Working with Investing in Children, we made sure that young people had the chance to contribute directly too. We explored people’s views regarding access, the range of support to be provided and any potential barriers preventing full participation in their full course of treatment. As an alternative, the opportunity to contribute through an online survey was also offered across the five CCGs.