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Improving access to psychological therapies: implications for the mental health workforce

Graham Turpin (Clinical Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield)
Roslyn Hope (IAPT Workforce Group)
Ruth Duffy (IAPT Workforce Group, NHS West Midlands)
Matt Fossey (National Psychological Therapies Programme)
James Seward (National Mental Health Choice)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 1 October 2006

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Abstract

Despite the emergence of NICE guidelines regarding the effectiveness and appropriateness of psychological therapies for the majority of common mental health problems, access to these services is still dramatically underdeveloped and uneven. Estimates of untreated problems such as depression and anxiety in primary care signal the extent of these problems and the scale of investment in new services, if these needs are to be adequately met in the future.The Department of Health's and the Care Services Improvement Partnership's (CSIP) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme sets out a framework and a series of co‐ordinated actions, including two national demonstration sites, to begin to address these issues in England.This paper examines the origins and policy drivers that have given rise to the IAPT programme, outlines the progress to date and specifically assesses the implications for the mental health workforce of this programme. Issues addressed include the workforce profiles of existing services, career frameworks for psychological therapists, the capacity of training providers to train new and existing staff in psychological therapies and the challenges implicit in devising a workforce delivery plan to support the IAPT programme.

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Turpin, G., Hope, R., Duffy, R., Fossey, M. and Seward, J. (2006), "Improving access to psychological therapies: implications for the mental health workforce", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 7-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200600011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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