IAPT Consultation

BIMHN’s involvement with IAPT – the development of Talking Therapies services in the Bristol area

Update 13/10/18: as the recommissioning process continues, we are now seeking bid evaluators to assist with the process of considering bids by potential service providers.

What is IAPT?

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.

What is the history of the current work?

In early 2015, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (as it was then) 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, in partnership with service providers and users of the service.

You won’t hear references to the Bristol CCG anymore, as during the latter part of 2017, the respective CCGs of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset merged into a single organisation. This unification has widened the scope of the IAPT programme, and therefore the consultation; work towards the recommissioning of a single new service to provide psychological therapies across the new CCG area, to start in 2019, replacing current services, continues.

Historical Updates

Update 14/08/18: after the publication of the draft service specification (by the now-merged Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG)), BIMHN worked to drive engagement with the consultation run alongside the publication. You can read more here.

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).