Press Room

Recommissioning of Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT)

Have your thoughts heard regarding the recommissioning of Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT) in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire; the draft service specification has been published, and now’s the time to engage with the survey.

On July 16, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) published their draft specification for the recommissioning of services run within the IAPT programme, whilst concurrently opening their public consultation on the document.

This represents the next step of a process that was initiated in early 2015, when Bristol CCG (as it was then) launched their initial survey of service users’ experiences and perceptions of the current service. The subsequent merger of other CCGs into one unified organisation has widened the scope of the IAPT programme and therefore the consultation, but work towards the recommissioning of a single new service to provide psychological therapies across the new CCG area, to start in 2019, continued.

The draft service specification has been developed through a year’s work of the IAPT Project Group. BIMHN is proud to have been a key part of this process, alongside mental health commissioners, GPs and local authority Public Health representatives. Furthermore, BIMHN has also played a part in amplifying the voice of the public, carers and service users, to ensure that their views are considered, for example via co-leading public consultations on the CCG’s approach, with The Care Forum.

Now, we are encouraging those with lived experience of mental health and the wider public to feed into the future design of local services by reading the accompanying ‘You Said, We Did’ document, and making views, be they approving or critical, known via the survey. We want to make sure that the voices of service users and carers alike are heard and our feedback appropriately actioned.

Focus Groups

In line with BIMHN’s objective to make sure the voices of those with lived experience of mental health are heard in the pursuit of ensuring mental health services meet the needs of users, we have worked to secure provisions to run two focus groups on the contents of the draft specification.

Please note that it is essential to sign up for a place ahead of these sessions, as spaces are limited. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Previous Involvement

Further examples of BIMHN’s involvement with the recommissioning thus far;

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