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IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People

Friday 8 June 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People

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100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject rated it good or excellent and would recommend it to a colleague.

What our delegates say:

“Very well organised.  Great facilities.  Excellent topics delivered by great speakers & professionals”

“The conference was very informative, sharing good practice in delivering treatment and establishing pathways for older adults in IAPT”

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.

“It is now widely accepted that the mental health needs of older people have historically been under-recognised and undertreated. Although the proportion of those affected is broadly in line with other age groups, older people have not been able to access the same level of support. Research has also found that older people with common mental health conditions are more likely to be on drug therapies and less likely to be in receipt of talking therapies compared to other age groups. Older people themselves may be reluctant to seek help – with fewer than one in six older people with depression ever discussing it with their GP. Later life is a time when getting the right support is extremely important for wellbeing due to the complex challenges older people often face. As our population ages, it is crucial to ensure that older people’s mental health not only attains parity with physical health diagnostics and care, but parity with other age groups too.”  Tom Wright CBE Group CEO, Age UK – Mental Health in Older People A Practice Primer Report September 2017

“Mental health has been coming up the political agenda but whilst we have been doing our utmost to ensure that older people’s mental health receives its fair share of the attention there is still a long way to go.  I do however detect a greater appreciation that the population is ageing and that services need to adapt to reflect this. I am proud of the role that our specialism has in improving the quality of life and helping those individuals with mental illness later in life. As the aged population increases that job has never been so important” Amanda Thompsell, Chair of the Old Age Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists

“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.

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

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