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NHS Talking Therapies (formerly known as IAPT)


NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression (formerly known as IAPT) supports the delivery of the core clinical programmes within the Long Term Plan and the Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 - 2023/24 (the Implementation Plan) by connecting commissioners, providers, professionals, patients and the public across pathways of care with the aim of improving health outcomes. This is achieved by sharing best practice and innovation, assessing and benchmarking quality and outcomes and driving improvement where required, through targeted support.

Laura Ansboro

Clinical Network Manager

Heather Stonebank

Quality Improvement Manager

Jacqui Cheesman

Quality Improvement Lead

Andy Wright

NHS Talking Therapies Clinical Associate

What We Are Trying To Achieve

NHS Talking Therapies provides evidence based psychological therapies approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NHS Talking Therapies is primarily for treating people with mild to moderate anxiety disorders and/or depression.

The NHS Talking Therapies Programme aims to:

  • Achieve and maintain the access standards.
  • To ensure NHS Talking Therapies Long Term Condition services are in place.
  • To ensure adequate and correctly trained workforce, and support for staff wellbeing.
  • To improve access for Older Adults, and to close the gap for recovery of all ethnicity gaps relative to White British recovery rates.
  • To improve health inequalities and support access to psychological therapies.

Why It’s Important

NHS Talking Therapies is based on 4 key principles:

  • Better access to psychological therapies
  • Clinical improvement and recovery
  • Improved social and economic participation, including employment for working age people
  • Increased patient choice and satisfaction in psychological therapies

What We Have Achieved In The Last 6 Months:

  • We have hosted a network meeting which focused on sharing best practice and initiatives in increasing access.
  • Supporting workforce development and expansion plans, to support access, staff skills mix and increase diversity within the workforce by hosting events, working in collaboration with the National and workforce teams and offering support to systems.
  • Established a Long Term Conditions Community of Practice for NHS Talking Therapy Services to share best practice and support the development for services in line with the Long Term Plan.
  • Working in collaboration with a Leeds based charity - supporting survivors of exile and persecution living the Yorkshire and the Humber region (SOLACE) to offer training to clinicians working with asylum seekers and refugees. We are currently facilitating 6-weekly supervision sessions to bring together champions, share best practice and support access to services.
Meetings & Events
  • NHS Talking Therapies Providers Network Meeting (Quarterly)
  • Senior Psychological Wellbeing Network Meeting (Quarterly)
  • Long Term Conditions Community of Practice (Quarterly)

What We Plan To Do In The Next 6 Months:

  • Establish a task and finish group exploring effective solutions to streamlining recruitment in the region.
  • Deliver an event in collaboration with Community Mental Health Transformation Teams and NHS Talking Therapy Teams to support the implementation of National guidance to support referral pathways and transition between services.
  • Continue to support workforce, recruitment initiatives for the region to increase diversity and support retention and wellbeing.
Local Services


The Clinical Network support 3 Integrated Care Systems:

  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • Humber Coast and Vale

Your local NHS Talking Therapies service can be found here