Talk Wandsworth (formally Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT))
The notion of partnerships and co-production has been introduced in the latest public services policies, suggesting that the key to reforming them is to encourage users to design and deliver services in equal partnerships with professionals. It is argued that co-production has the potential to deliver a major shift in the way we provide health, education, policing and other services in ways that make them much more effective, more efficient, and therefore more sustainable.
We had a meeting in January with the new Talk Wandsworth team to hear about the new programme:
SWLSTG Chief Executive David Bradley said “In developing Talk Wandsworth we worked with closely with local community groups to understand how we could make our services more accessible. As a result I am pleased that from April 2017 we will be able to offer a wide range of ways to receive expert help whether through face-to-face counselling, 24/7 self-help online or over the phone.
We are very proud to be able to provide an innovative service like Talk Wandsworth that will help thousands of people to get easy access to the help they need to get better”.
What is the Challenge?
- In 2013-14 the number of Wandsworth registered patients diagnosed as having a mental health illness (schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and other psychoses) was 3,484. The number of Wandsworth registered patients ages 18+ years diagnosed as having depression was 14,103
- The number of people living in Wandsworth ages 18-64 years predicted to have a common mental disorder by 2025 is 39,124
What have we done?
- We have established IAPT services inside local community venues, with trained therapists running counseling sessions, with the support and advocacy of community leaders
- We have supplemented this with raising awareness of mental health and well being activities in each site, sharing knowledge on how to detect early signs and symptoms and where to access in-house and off-site help and support
For full report please click the link: IAPT Evaluation
What we would like to do next
- Following on from the 4 pilots last year at Mushkil Aasaan, STORM Empowerment, New Testament Assembly and St. John the Evangelist Polish Roman Catholic Church in Putney, we are taking the lessons we learnt here and run more sessions around the identified underserved communities:
- New mothers
- Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BME)
- Isolated single men
- Those seeking employment
- Long term conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, sickle cell and stable psychosis)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities (LGBT)
- Dual diagnosis
- English as a second language
- Older People
- People with learning disability and/ or sensory impairment
- Adults who may have experienced domestic abuse
- Those experiencing hardship and poverty
- Offer a wide range of self help support within each site (mood management, better sleep, coping with anxiety etc.)
- Enable local people to become IAPT practitioners so that skills and training become embedded within communities