Have a say in how common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are treated in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset?

Consultation on IAPT Specification

Would you like to have a say in how common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are treated in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset?

IAPT – ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapy’ – is a national programme to support people who are going through depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems. The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who specify and buy health services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, have written a new specification for the IAPT service which sets out how it will be provided across the region.

The service specification was drafted after a consultation process that took several months and used different approaches – an online survey, interviews and focus groups – to be as inclusive as possible. The CCG is offering an online survey (where you can also read the specification itself) here so that – whether or not you were part of that initial consultation – you can comment on that specification document. The CCG recognises that some people would rather express their views in person than through an online survey, so we are working with them to hold two group discussions.

The first of these will be held at Vintage Church, North Somerset on Monday 20 August and the second will be held at the Vassall Centre, Bristol on Wednesday 22 August. You are free to choose whichever one is most convenient for you to attend. Both meetings will run from 1pm until 3pm. Lunch will be provided beforehand at 12.30pm. Out of pocket expenses will be provided for unwaged participants who are not coming as representatives of organisations – please notify us in advance.

If you would like to attend one of these discussion groups, please register your interest using the following contact details, specifying any dietary and access requirements.

Email: events@thecareforum.org.uk    Telephone: 0117 958 9318

 

Please note that these meetings are intended for individuals rather than organisational representatives.