Additional staff employed to tackle waiting times in IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) services

29/05/2015 by Paul Sanguinazzi

In reponse to feedback that we received that waiting times in IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) services were too long the servies are begining to employ additional staff.In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire the Service has recruited 6.0 whole time equivalent  Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT) therapists to work on waiting list initiative and focus on longest waits within City/County/. These staff are due to start at beginning of June. They are also piloting in Ashfield/Mansfield a Pre-Therapy group which starts the therapy pathway and, hopefully, will reduce drop out from the service.In Leicestershire & Rutland they are recruting seven Low Intensity workers, three  CBT High Intensity workers and five Counsellors. This recruitment process will be completed on the 1st June 2015. In addtion, they are looking to recruit a further five Low Intensity workers. This will allow the service to reduce waiting times and improve access rates.