Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

The Clinical Commissioning Group on Tees (Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and South Tees CCG) are working on how psychological wellbeing and therapy services are provided across Tees and how they might be provided in future. This follows release of the NHS Long Term Plan and the need to increase access to psychological therapy.

During April 2018, we talked to service users and local stakeholders to gather views about the draft model for the new service. This was to ensure that all views are fed into the proposed expanded IAPT model to deliver the best psychological wellbeing and therapy services for people living and working on Teesside.

An online survey was used for past and present services users, stakeholders and members of the public to have their say and provide their feedback and views on the proposed model.

Based on the feedback the CCGs want to:

  • Ensure that systems and processes within the expanded model support patient choice and flexible options for service access and assessment
  • Ensure that a full range of evidenced-based therapies are available
  • Ensure that people are getting access to evidenced-based psychological treatment/interventions at the earliest opportunity
  • Ensure that treatment/interventions are identified based upon the assessed need of the individual
  • Ensure that screening and assessment processes are standardised and that all assessments are carried out by an appropriately trained clinician
  • Provide a service that proactively supports people with long-term conditions with their mental wellbeing



The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began nationally in 2008 to transform the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression in England. Talking therapies are a proven, effective way of helping people with emotional and mental health problems like depression, anxiety and stress. They help work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes. The programme now aims to increase the number of people seen and treated from 900,000 in 2015 to 1.5 million in 2021 (an increase of 66%, nationally). Two thirds of the expansion will focus on people with long-term conditions including persistent physical symptoms.

Psychological therapy services are required to provide evidence based psychological therapies that are approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).


Current Services

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Future Updates

These will be provided as the review programme progresses through 2019-20.