IAPT Consultation

Get involved in the IAPT consultation and have your say in the development of Talking Therapies services.


Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a national NHS programme designed to make it easier for people suffering from common mental health problems like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be able to access talking therapy treatments.

In early 2015, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) asked users of IAPT services about their overall experience of IAPT services. They also asked people whether they felt that the therapy had worked; which part of the service worked for them; and what they would change. Provider organisations and health and social care professionals were also consulted on whether they felt there were gaps in the service and what worked well. Bristol CCG used your feedback to create a new model for IAPT services and they are now asking people what they think of the changes proposed in the model.

A further consultation took place from November 2015 to January 8th 2016, which has fed into the development of the service specifications that are being developed by Bristol CCG, in partnership with service providers and users of the service.

BIMHN are working hard to to feed into the future design of the services and ensure the user and carer voice is heard in an effort to develop a more tailored model that is more reflective of Bristol’s diverse communities. As part of this, we run a reference group that meets six-weekly to input into the future of IAPT services in Bristol. We currently have places available, so please do have a look at the role description and express your interest by emailing contactbimhn@gmail.com. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from protected characteristics (those within the Equality Act 2010).


Update 22/09/2016

The re-commissioning process is currently on hold pending a review of the impact of the regional Sustainability & Transformation (Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire are – BNSSG).

To find the most up to date information about Bristol CCG’s future commissioning intentions for IAPT services in the Bristol area, please visit their website.