The Board received an update from the Chief Commissioner, NHS Halton CCG, on the status of the delivery and performance of NHS Halton IAPT Service/Think Wellbeing Service.
It was reported that there was considerable evidence for the use of psychological therapies as an effective treatment for many mental health problems. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) was a national NHS Programme, being rolled out across England. Members were advised that the aim of the Programme was to develop local talking therapy services that offered treatments for depression and anxiety disorders, as per the guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). It was noted that nationally there was a requirement to increase the numbers of people accessing IAPT compliant therapies year on year, to reach an eventual target of 25% of the eligible population in 2021; so one in four.
The Main targets of the service were outlined in the report and Members were provided with an update on the status of the service delivery and its performance so far.
Members discussed the reasons for the possibility of the stretched target failing due to clients missing appointments, particularly at this time of year. The Healthwatch co-optee requested the figures for self-referrals; these were not immediately at hand so would be sent following the meeting. It was commented that Healthwatch Halton would be happy to promote the IAPT service in the community.
RESOLVED: That the Board notes the report and comments made.