Older People's Champions Network

In 2013, there was a joint initiative by the National IAPT Programme and the Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP, formerly PSIGE) to improve the access of older people to psychological therapies via IAPT services. Older people have typically been an under-represented group in IAPT services, forming only 4% of referrals.

As part of this initiative, there was a workforce group, who designed a curriculum for a two day top up training, to enhance the skills of IAPT clinicians to work more effectively with older people. This training was delivered at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, in February and March 2013, to approximately 50-60 IAPT clinicians. The evaluation showed an increase in self-reported competence for working therapeutically with older people.

To support the on-going development of clinical skills and improving the access and quality of service for older people, The Older People's Champions Network was set up. All clinicians who attended the training and those with a special interest in older people were invited to join.

We have since had two network events in July and November 2013, at the University of Manchester. The events have been well-attended and involved further training on older adult aspects of clinical work, opportunities to network with other members and identify and implement ideas for service improvement. Some managers and clinical leads have also attended. Feedback has been given to the NW IAPT Leadership & Innovation Forum, so that the work of the champions can be supported by managers and service leads. The top up training was delivered by Clinical Psychologists who specialise with older people and further links and training opportunities are planned via NW FPOP.

Events are held three times a year and details are made available through the PPN North West Newsletter. 

The network is facilitated by:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Clinical Psychologist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lecturer, University of Manchester


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