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IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People

Monday 27 November 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People

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“Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a key part of the treatment armamentarium for depression and anxiety in older people. However, the proportion of older adults – those aged 65 and over-accessing IAPT services is low, rising from 5.5 percent in 2012-13 to 7 percent in 2015-16. This is despite the fact that recovery rates of 60.4 percent are higher than the rest of the population (46.3 percent), a rate that increased by over 2 percent in the last year.” Older people are losing out on Psychological Therapy, Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, NHS England, February 2017.  Read more here

“It is estimated that depression affects 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 or over, and 40% of older people in care homes, yet the Royal College of Psychiatrists has estimated that 85% of older people with depression receive no help at all from the NHS. Issues around loneliness, financial insecurity and dealing with major life changes may all represent risk factors for older people’s mental health. This does not make depression a normal part of ageing, as many older people are led to believe. However, it can be a time in which getting the right support becomes ever more important to overall wellbeing” Hidden in plain sight The unmet mental health needs of older people October 2016

This conference focuses on the current challenges faced by providers trying to improve outcomes in older adults and how psychological therapy services can improve and succeed in providing an accessible service for an ageing population’s mental healthcare needs.

This conference will enable you to: 

  • Network with colleagues working to improve the quality of IAPT services for Older Adults 
  • Understand and reflect on what you need to do, to improve access to your service for Older Adults
  • Learn from established practice in delivering excellent IAPT services for Older Adults
  • Understand how you can support Older Adults to better access your service 
  • Update your knowledge on national and local developments 
  • Identify key strategies for improving access to mental health services for Older Adults 
  • Examine your role in improving access to mental health services for Older Adults
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


“Services need to be increasingly responsive and flexible to increase access for this patient group. One way to do this is to take the service out into community settings such as residential, nursing homes or day centres. It provides an excellent opportunity to help older people themselves to see what services can offer them, how they can refer themselves and to build possibility and hope of change in those who may benefit” A Clinician’s Guide to: Low Intensity CBT with older people  January 2016.

“I really enjoyed the conference. Lots of helpful advice for me to take back to the team. Very varied range of speakers kept the day interesting and me thinking” Jo Chambers, Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Trust

“Highly informative, relevant and presented well from a variety of perspectives” Catryn Ilett, Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Trust

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague


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