Our Roots delivers the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) as part of the Living Well Consortium. We deliver IAPT work for Birmingham & Solihull (BSOL) CCG, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG, Forward Thinking Birmingham, Worcester Healthy Minds and NHS Midland Partnership.
IAPT services are characterised by three principles:
- Evidenced based psychological therapies: with the therapy delivered by fully trained and accredited practitioners, matched to the mental health problem, its intensity and duration designed to optimize outcomes. From April 2018 all clinical commissioning groups are required to offer IAPT services integrated with physical healthcare pathways. The IAPT Pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms guidance is intended to help with implementation and sets out the ideal pathway for IAPT services.
- Routine outcome monitoring: so that the person having therapy and the clinician offering it has up-to-date information on an individual’s progress. This supports the development of a positive and shared approach to the goals of therapy and as this data is anonymized and published this promotes transparency in service performance encouraging improvement.
- Regular and outcome focused supervision so practitioners are supported to continuously improve and deliver high quality care.