Improving access to psychological therapies for people with severe mental illnesses

Six local projects are piloting work to help improve access to psychological therapies for people with severe mental illnesses.

Over the next 5 months, and into 2013/14, funding of £1.2m will be used to help the projects share information with other health organisations, about how they deliver the best treatments that lead to improved patient choice and recovery.

Work will include:

  • demonstrating how people with severe mental illness and personality disorder can get better access to psychological therapies
  • sharing good practice to other services and sharing how improvements in services can be made
  • providing good quality data on how services can be improved for patients and identifying the clinical, non-clinical and economic benefits

Pilots to support people with psychosis

  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, Early Intervention Service

Pilots to support people with personality disorders

  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet, Enfield
  • Haringey NHS Foundation Trust, and North East London Foundation Trust

Pilots to support people with bipolar disorder

  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University