People with anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems will be offered far greater access to talking therapy in Sandwich and Ash, thanks to a new NHS initiative.
New organisations have been given the go-ahead to provide talking therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, in every part of Kent and Medway.
This is as a result of the initiative Any Qualified Provider, which opens up choice for patients and gives them more control over their care.
People who feel that anxiety, depression, anger or other emotional wellbeing issues are interfering with their lives, will be able to refer themselves for an assessment by their provider of choice.
Following that assessment, those people who are eligible for NHS-funded therapy will be offered a number of sessions, which may be over the phone or face to face. Others will be offered information and advice.
Dr Mark Jones Chair of Canterbury and Coastal CCG said: “I am delighted that so soon after World Mental Health Day on 10 October, which this year focuses on depression, we will be seeing such a substantial increase in services locally for people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems.
“Talking therapy is approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence as the most effective treatment for people with mild to moderate depression or anxiety.
“We expect people to be able to access treatment much more quickly as a result of this expansion of services, which in itself is likely to improve the outcome for them.”
NHS Kent and Medway ran a procurement process for the new services. Organisations which met NHS standards were accredited to become providers. They include NHS organisations, such as Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership (KMPT), Charitable organisations, such as KCA and private organisations such as MHCO Ltd.
Changes in Canterbury and Coastal (Canterbury district, Faversham, Sandwich, Ash)
Currently KCA provides talking therapy in Canterbury and Faversham, while KMPT provides it in Sandwich and Ash. That will continue and in addition, from 1 November, both organisations re planning to offer talking therapy across the patch as will new providers Faversham Counselling, MHCO Ltd and Psicon Ltd. From 1 December, Mental Health Matters are planning to offer talking therapy to people with mild to moderate needs, University Medical Centre to both those with mild needs and those with moderate needs, and Get Stable will offer therapy to people with moderate to severe needs.
All details will be available at www.liveitwell.org.uk
Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (also known as C4G), currently running in shadow form, is preparing for authorisation to take over the commissioning of healthcare for patients in Canterbury district, Faversham, Sandwich and Ash from April next year.
16 October 2012