Working with clinical networks to improve access for older adults
The profile of older people has never been higher, driven partly by increased longevity and heightened publicity around the benefits and challenges of ageing. The proportion of older people is steadily increasing – a mark of the success of clinical and public health medicine, coupled with the inevitable march of time which takes everyone toward old age. Ursula James, NHS England’s IAPT Programme Manager, explains how clinical networks have the potential to improve access to psychological therapies for older adults.
The adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has been highlighting the need for IAPT services to ensure equity of access for under-represented groups, and one of these is older adults. The proportion of people over 65 years referred to IAPT (8.2 per cent) is improving, but is lower than their share of the general population.
Earlier this year the national IAPT programme, in conjunction with Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network, held a conference in Leeds with the aim of enabling attendees to develop their understanding around how IAPT services can increase access for older people and share best practice of work being undertaken with older adults and carers. The event was well attended, with attendees travelling from across the country, with varied backgrounds including IAPT staff and leaders, social services, geriatricians, community mental health teams, service users and many specialists in the care of older adults.
Presentations included IAPT services from Sheffield and North Yorkshire demonstrating the work they had done on improving access and treatment for older adults. The University of York and Exeter University presented research findings on treatment for older adults, and the organisation Mothertongue presented on working with older adults from BAME (black, Asian, and minority ethnic) backgrounds. CONTINUE READING
IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People CHAIRED BY Ursula James, NHS England’s IAPT Programme Manager
Monday 27 November
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
2 November 2017