Training physical health practitioners in mental health skills is a national priority identified in Closing the Gap (2013). IAPT is a national NHS programme rolling out services across England offering NICE approved interventions for people with anxiety and depression. Extending access to IAPT services is a local, regional and national priority. There is increasing recognition of the need to challenge the historical split between physical and mental health services, if truly holistic, person-centred care is to be delivered.
Sheffield is the site of a ground breaking Yorkshire and Humber Health Education (LETB) regional project testing an innovative way of integrating the delivery of physical health and mental health services. We are doing this by seconding physical health practitioners to undertake the training and qualify as IAPT Psychological Well Being Practitioners (PWPs).
The project is working under the umbrella of Sheffield Right First Time.
- To test whether this model improves access to talking therapies for people with physical health problems who also have common mental health problems
- To explore the contribution of IAPT PWP intervention skills to the facilitation of self-management in people with long term conditions/physical health problems
- To assess the implications of dual training practitioners for pre and post registration training going forward.
Design and methodology
A mixed method approach will be taken to evaluation that enables identification of processes and outcomes related to the initiative. This approach will include the following elements:
- Capturing dual trained practitioner learning and experience
- Stakeholder feedback
- Audit of patient reported outcomes and experiences