More than 5,000 people turn to new mental health service

Psychological Wellbeing Service was only launched by CPFT 20 weeks ago

More than 5,000 people turn to new mental health service
19 January 2016

More than 5,000 people have turned to a new mental health service being delivered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The Psychological Wellbeing Service was launched only four months ago to help those suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.

Previously patients had to be referred by their GPs. But in September people were allowed the opportunity to refer themselves to the service following investment from commissioners. They
can still be referred by their doctor.

On Monday, (18 January), the 5,000th patient began receiving help from the service - just 20 weeks after it was launched. There were 2,374 patients who self-referred to the service while the remainder were referrals from doctors and other health professionals.

In December alone, 1,008 people entered treatment. When first launched,
the service was set a target of just under 1,000 people a month, but clinicians did not expect to hit that figure so soon.

Dr James Clarke, service lead for the Psychological Wellbeing Service, (pictured) said: “We are pleased that we have been able to help so many people already.

“We knew that previously that it may have been a big step for people to visit their doctor and say they want help with their mental health. We’ve removed that barrier now, and we’re glad that so many people have come forward already.”

Anyone living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, who is registered with a GP, can self-refer to the Psychological Wellbeing Service. Treatments available include individual therapy, guided self-help, group sessions including training in Mindfulness, a range of psychotherapy courses and online options.

Dr Clarke said: “We set out to see more people, more quickly, but the real benefits of the service will be shown by how people respond to the treatments we are offering them.

“It is still very early days, but we are encouraged by the feedback we are getting from the people who have entered the service.

“In surveys carried out over 98 per cent of patients have described themselves as satisfied with their overall treatment with the service and their therapist, and approximately two thirds of patients report a very significant reduction in their symptoms on completion of treatment

“Accessing the treatments offered by Psychological Wellbeing Service will help them to continue achieving improvements in their lives.”

Anyone registered with a GP in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area can access the Psychological Wellbeing Service by completing an online form that can be found on the Trust’s website www.cpft.nhs.uk or click here. They will be then be contacted by someone from the Trust and talked through the options available to them.

Alternatively, the service can be contacted by calling 0300 300 0055. The lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

People can also print the self-referral form off the website, fill it in, and send it to The Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT), Grebe House, Gloucester Centre, Morpeth Close, Orton Longueville, Peterborough,
PE2 7JU.

ENDS


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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