CBT Training Opportunities for High Intensity IAPT Staff

Information for Service Managers/Clinical Leads

We are delighted to announce that Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust CBT Training Centre has secured funding from Health Education England as a training provider for the application of CBT for Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (LTC/MUS), for the North West of England and the West Midlands.

They are currently seeking suitable applicants. You are invited to circulate this information and to nominate appropriate staff to apply for this programme.

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IAPT Older People Champions Event

The IAPT Older People Champions network was set up in 2014, following a two day training to enhance the skills of practitioners working with older people accessing IAPT services, in the North West. Following the training, they were invited to become an Older People’s Champion in their IAPT service. We have since had two to three events each year, to support champions develop clinical skills for working with older people and highlight the needs of older people in their IAPT service. Our recent event was on Wednesday 30th November 2016, at the University of Manchester. The day was facilitated by Dr Julia Boot, Clinical Psychologist working with older people in Cheshire and Dr Helen Pusey, Senior Lecturer, at the University of Manchester. There were 14 attendees, from IAPT services in Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, consisting of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT Therapists, Counsellors, an Operational Manager and a Clinical Psychologist.

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Perinatal Mental Health News

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVMH, February 2016) reports that “NHS England should invest to ensure that by 2020/21, at least 30,000 more women each year access evidence-based specialist mental health care during the perinatal period, defined as the period during pregnancy and up to one year after delivery. Care should include access to psychological therapies.” The subsequent FYFV Implementation Plan states that “multi-disciplinary teams are vital for perinatal mental health (PNMH) and must be able to provide psychological and therapeutic support and interventions”. “To build perinatal mental health capacity, Health Education England (HEE) is leading work to develop a competency framework describing the skills needed in the workforce.” Variable outcomes and access to psychological therapies for women in the perinatal period have been identified as key issues for Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services.

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New Blog Post: The Language of Mental Health

Author: Gita Bhutani, Chair of the PPN Workforce Transformation Board
Date: 13th January 2017

'It’s been a big week for mental health in the media this week starting with Theresa May’s speech at the Charity Commission which focused on children’s mental health. Jeremy Hunt was also on the radio commenting on children’s mental health and the need to reduce avoidable deaths.

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Training by Tavistock Relationships: Couple therapy for depression practitioner training, supervisor training and CPD

The most recent Psychological Therapies IAPT report in the use of services nationally, (published October 2016), Couple Therapy for Depression was recorded as the most effective treatment on offer within IAPT, with recovery rates of 61.8 for anxiety and 58.8 for depression. These recovery rates outstrip all other modalities and there is a real pressure to increase uptake and training in this model.

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Adult IAPT Training 2017

The Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy is very pleased to confirm commissioning of the following adult IAPT training in Leeds for 2017 (organised by NSCAP working in collaboration with the training providers). This training is free for candidates based in the Yorkshire and Humber and North West regions who meet the eligibility criteria. 

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Mental health provision in Wales: access, quality and next steps for policy

Tuesday, 4th April 2017
Central Cardiff

This seminar focuses on mental health provision in Wales, including providing appropriate regulation, funding and staffing for mental health care and the quality and ease of access of mental health provision.

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HCUK Events April 2017 - Mental Health

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services

Tuesday 25 April 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Chaired by Sean Duggan Chief Executive Mental Health Network and with an opening from Pete Morgan Chair PASAUK, this one day health and social care conference focuses on safeguarding vulnerable adults in mental health services.

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Schema Therapy for Personality Disorder - Accredited Training

Dates: 4th-7th April 2017 and 3rd-5th May 2017 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Venue: St.Anthony's Centre, Trafford Park, Manchester 


This training will suit a range of professionals working in settings where personality disorders feature and may be of particular interest for those working in forensic settings. Options are available to equip attendees with the relevant skills for pursuing accreditation as a Schema Therapist, or for generic work using schema principles.

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New Posts added to the 'What's Happening in PPN North West' Blog


Author: Gita Bhutani, Chair of the PPN Workforce Transformation Board
Date: 06th January 2017

'Happy New Year from the PPN. The start of a new year can sometimes feel a bit arbitrary and there are different New Year dates in different cultures (as well as different Christmas dates). However, the change of the year number often does feel like a marker and a point to reset and refocus. It can also be a time of creating expectations for oneself that may not be easily achievable e.g. joining a gym and doing more exercise.' Read more

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