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A service user evaluation of IAPT for people with a severe mental illness

In August 2015 we produced two reports from our service user evaluation of IAPT for SMI funded by NHS England. The summary report is a 12 page A5 booklet and the full report is much longer! Both have been produced with the three peer researchers who worked on this study alongside staff from the McPin Foundation. We are very grateful to everyone who participated and are working with the study sites to disseminate the findings locally.

IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. In the pilot sites for the IAPT for SMI programme “access” was the crucial focus. Pilot sites sought to increase access to psychological services for people with bipolar, psychosis, personality disorder. Our evaluation also showed a key concern for service users were waiting times and how waiting periods for treatments were managed by services. NHS England are also developing a five year forward view for mental health and during the first week in September 2015 they published results of their consultation with over 20,000 stakeholders. How would people like things to be different in mental health by 2020? Top of the list Access to services.