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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) / Talking Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), is a programme that was introduced by NHS England in 2008 to improve access to treatment and services by providing faster access to talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

The  IAPT service provides evidence based treatments for people aged 16+ with mild to moderate anxiety and depression (implementing NICE Guidelines). The service is also available to help patients manage the psychological and emotional impact of long term health conditions e.g. COPD, diabetes.

Treatments may be delivered as part of a group, online or on a one to one basis. Once an assessment has been completed a therapist will speak to the patient about treatment options.  Patients are able to self-refer and will receive an assessment without needing to see their GP first.

Conditions treated include:

  • Adjustment issues e.g. retirement, redundancy, disability
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Dealing with diagnosis and living with health conditions/long term conditions e.g. COPD, diabetes
  • Low self-esteem/confidence
  • Mild to moderate anxiety or depression
  • Panic
  • Phobia
  • Poor sleep
  • Pre & post-natal depression (perinatal)
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Work stress

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As a patient you can refer yourself to one of the services.  Services are provided by Lancashire Care Foundation Trust or the Lancashire Womens Centres, as detailed below.

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust – you can telephone the service or complete the online self-referral form using the details below.

Telephone: 01254 226007, Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Complete the online self-referral form at: https://gateway.mayden.co.uk/referral-v2/07681012-dcbe-4194-acf6-e09a9ce2929d

Lancashire Womens Centres – you can either walk in, telephone or email the service using the details below. They will also be able to advise on other groups that you can join to socialise and make new friends.

Accrington Centre: 21-23 Blackburn Rd, Accrington, BB5 1HF Tel. 01254 871771
Burnley Centre: 04 Nicholas St, Burnley, BB11 2EU Tel. 01282 429672

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The ‘Living Well’ service is delivered in partnership by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust's Mindsmatter service and Lancashire Women’s Centres covering Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire.

Mental and physical health are intrinsically linked and there is clear evidence that the presence of Long term health conditions (LTCs) and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) markedly increases the risk of a comorbid mental health problem and vice versa.

What is ‘Living Well’?

  • A team of CBT i.e. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and High Intensity Therapists
  • Deliver Talking Therapies through groups and 1-1 sessions
  • Based in GP practices and other community settings
  • We offer our services in these settings to increase access for patients to achieve best outcomes
  • Based on the IAPT Stepped Care model

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