Expansion of Time to Talk service in West Sussex
24 October 2016

Expansion of Time to Talk service in West Sussex

Our West Sussex Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, known locally as Time to Talk, has been approved as one of the first 20 IAPT early implementer sites in England to expand its support to people living with long-term health conditions. This was announced by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of NHS England, on Wednesday 19th October, as set out in the Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Our Time to Talk service will receive approximately £2million of additional investment, funded in the first 18 months from NHS England with a contribution from local West Sussex clinical commissioning groups.

The service offers talking therapies for people who are struggling with psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, worry and depression. It is part of a national initiative to bring psychological therapies closer to where people live. The service already has a good record of working with patients presenting with long-term conditions and has effective working relationship with local community nursing and therapy teams. This will extend into GP surgeries and acute hospitals.

Building on these strengths, therapists in the service will be co-located in physical health teams allowing better communication between professionals and to provide better health outcomes for more people. Initially the service will be working with patients with the following long-term conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease and diabetes.
Damien Brennan, Head of Public Health & Wellbeing Services, SCFT said: “This is fantastic news for the people of West Sussex who have a long-term health condition who also need support with their mental health. People can self-refer to our service and speak to one of our professional therapists to work together and agree effective strategies to promote good mental health.”

More information about our Time to Talk service is available online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/t2t

Further information about the first 20 IAPT early implementer sites is available from the NHS England website.