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Psychological Therapies Workstream News and Events

The Psychological Therapies workstream encourages members to engage in a range of activities to ensure the effective sharing of information, knowledge and skills, including participating hosted meetings, work-stream themed workshops, and evidence-based clinically-focused learning events.

If you would like to suggest future events or meetings for the Psychological Therapies workstream to facilitate, please contact the Clinical Workstream Coordinator:


The New Savoy Partnership Annual Conference & Exhibition Psychological Therapies 2013: Re-thinking Psychological Therapies in the new NHS

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2013
Mermaid Conference Centre, London

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Geraldine Strathdee National Clinical Director for Mental Health NHS England
  • Dr Martin McShane Director for Long Term Conditions NHS England
  • Prof Mike Crawford Director National Clinical Audits Royal College of Psychiatrist Centre for Quality Improvement
  • Professor Michael Barkham Professor of Clinical Psychology Director Centre for Psychological Services, Research University of Sheffield
  • Professor Simon Gilbody Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group University of York
  • Professor Pete Bower Centre for Primary Care, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester 
  • Bruce Calderwood Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability Department of Health

‘Psychological therapies in the NHS 2013’ marks the halfway point for the Coalition Government’s Mental Health Strategy and its 4-Year Talking Therapies Plan. Is it working? The new Mandate includes new and further expectations and requirements on NHS England and its partners to expand and transform the quality of NHS psychological therapy services. But will the problems with implementing IAPT be addressed at this point, or will we reach 2015 having learned and changed – fundamentally – little in the way we work in target-driven silos? How can we do ‘the business’ of talking therapies as a less fragmented, less marginalised discipline with more in the way of inter-professional dialogue? This year’s theme is about how we re-think our approach to improving quality and how to navigate a way forward with new clinically led commissioning frameworks. 


Some of the answers to these questions can be addressed by looking at the real world evidence. Professor Michael Barkham is internationally respected as an expert in practice-based evidence and real world outcomes alongside evidence-based practice. He will be presenting the results of the 2nd National Audit with Professor Mike Crawford and the NAPT team in our opening keynote. Has the unprecedented investment yielded significant dividends – and if so for whom? 


Social Anxiety Workshop  & MCN IAPT Networking Conference

Wednesday 11th December


To support Senior PWPs and CBT therapists to work with the recent NICE guidelines for Social Anxiety, the MCN IAPT workstream are hosting a free event facilitated by Professor David Clark.


For further details contact


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IAPT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: Drawing on Experience, Friday 22 March 2013, King Power Stadium, Leicester City Football Club,  Leicester.

NHS Midlands and East IAPT were delighted to share the most up to date details of our recently confirmed speakers to the day:

Confirmed Conference Chair: Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor

Mark has a considerable interest in IAPT and has recently written on 'The north/south divide on antidepressants'.


Long term Conditions, Topics and Speakers: 

  • The LTC Pathfinder Project: Mike Scanlan, Nurse Consultant, Changing Minds IAPT Service, Northamptonshire
  • East Midlands funded project for IAPT and Cancer: Peter Caunt, Service Director, Good Thinking Therapy, Leicestershire County and Rutland
  • East Midlands funded project on Mindfulness and Managing Pain: Norman Finlayson, Service Lead, Open Mind Service, Leicester City IAPT


Regional Workstream Event for Psychological Therapies

The presentations from the speakers that attended this networking event are below. They describe their successes in helping to develop innovative approaches to delivering Psychological Therapies:


James Seward - Buddy Application - presentation

Nicky Runeckles - Big White Wall - presentation
Claire Warrington - Implementing IAPT in HMP/YOI Littlehey - presentation

Dr Frances Cole and Peter Moore - Pain Management Toolkit



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