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IAPT for Medically Unexplained Symptoms

NHS England have released guidance for an IAPT pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms:

From April 2018 all CCGs are expected to expand Improving Access to Psychological Therapies by commissioning (IAPT) services integrated into physical healthcare pathways.  This document supports this expansion by setting out the treatment pathway that underpins the access and waiting time standards, which all services should seek to measure themselves against.

This guidance also provides evidence on what works, as well as local case studies of service-led examples that describe how to make IAPT-LTC (long term conditions) services a reality.

Download the guidance.

"Around 40% of people with depression and anxiety disorders also have an LTC. Around 30% of people with an LTC and 70% with MUS also have mental health comorbidities. Currently, mental and physical health care are provided by separate services that are rarely coordinated. This is inconvenient for the person, costly to the NHS and likely to produce sub-optimal outcomes.

Building on IAPT’s existing dedicated workforce, development of new IAPT services for people with LTCs and MUS is underway (called ‘IAPTLTC’ services for short in this guidance). These services will aim to ensure that people with LTCs and MUS have the same access to NICErecommended psychological therapies as other people. They will bring together mental and physical health providers so they can work in a coordinated way to achieve the best outcomes for all people, irrespective of their diagnosis." 

Related events:

Medically Unexplained Symptoms/Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2018
Wednesday 11 July 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Improving Physical Health Outcomes for people with Mental Health Conditions
Monday 16 April 
De Vere West One, London

29 March 2018


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