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Trust wins talking therapies contract

27 Jan 2014

West London Mental Health NHS Trust has signed a new contract with the local clinical commissioning group that will allow the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT) to continue for a further three years.

IAPT is a talking therapy service for people who are 18 years or older and registered with a GP in the borough’s area.

It offers evidence-based talking therapies, including cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling for depression, return to employment help and couples counselling.

Dr Nick Broughton, medical director, said: “I am pleased that we will be able to continue to support people to recover from mental health problems that affect their everyday life.

“Since we set the service up three years ago, our aim has been to deliver excellent outcomes for patients and value for commissioners, in line with national IAPT quality standards.

“The continuation of this service is a testament to our staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure our patients have access to the best service.”

IAPT in Hounslow supports around 360 patients each month in both group and individual settings.  The service is provided by a partnership of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, the Anchor Counselling Service and Twining Enterprise, who provide vocational support.

To access IAPT, patients can be referred through their GP or they can self refer by calling the service on 0300 123 0739.