Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Early Intervention Service (EIS) is one of only two in the country to be selected by the Department of Health as a Demonstration site for Increasing access to Psychological Therapies in Severe Mental Illness (IAPT SMI).
The project aims to improve mental health services for people with psychosis and will help the Trust to share information and best practice with other health organisations about how it organises and delivers psychological therapies to its service users.
Care Services Minister, Norman Lamb said:
“These sites will benefit those with the most severe mental illnesses and personality disorders and will help policy makers, commissioners and providers better understand how we can ensure people get the right help and support that is needed.
“The successful sites have been chosen for their experience in delivering successful support and treatment and I look forward to seeing the results of this initiative.”~
Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Director for Children and Families Services and Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the EIS service at Lancashire Care was invited to meet with the Minister along with leads from the other demonstration sites to discuss the project in London earlier this month.
Dr Larkin said:
“Having the time to discuss with the Minister the best practice that we have developed in Lancashire in improving access to psychological therapies within EIS and how this can inform improvements in care for others across the country was an amazing opportunity.
“More broadly we have a lot to do before we see parity of esteem and access between mental and physical health care in the NHS, but the Minister's obvious commitment and determination to see significant improvements in care for people with serious mental health difficulties was really encouraging.”
Following the project an evaluation will take place to identify any improvements which can be made nationally within mental health service services for service users who experience these serious mental health difficulties.
Chief Executive of Lancashire Care, Heather Tierney-Moore also said:
“This is excellent news and I’m really proud of the team and what they have achieved so far.
“This is a fantastic example of one of the Trust’s services working at national level to contribute to the further development of improved outcomes for service users and their families.”