Nottinghamshire Healthcare has today taken over the reins as the provider of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Mental Health Facilitator services across Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Trust was appointed to deliver these services by West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG for the next three years, following a full tender process held earlier this year. The Trust has extensive experience in the delivery of IAPT services, already successfully delivering these across Bassetlaw, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Derbyshire.
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing, the new name for the service, provides a range of treatment and support for people with mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Trained psychological therapists work with patients using a range of ‘talking therapies’ to help them move towards recovery.
Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be delivering our Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service in Leicestershire and Rutland. The service provides essential support for people with mental health problems, helping to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
“We have a proven track record in successfully delivering IAPT and Mental Health Facilitator services and will be enhancing the service with the introduction of self-referrals and other developments later this year to improve access for patients. Working with our colleagues at West Leicestershire CCG and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG we will ensure that the highest quality services are delivered.”
Dr Peter Cannon, a GP and mental health lead for West Leicestershire and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, added: “Anyone feeling low or stressed and wanting help is encouraged to speak to their GP who can make a referral to Let’s Talk – Wellbeing. Patients currently under the care of the IAPT and Mental Health Facilitator service will continue to see their existing therapist in the same location."