Time to Talk Health celebrates 1st birthday
29 May 2018

Time to Talk Health celebrates 1st Birthday

Time to Talk Health (TTTH), a free NHS psychological therapies service for residents registered with a West Sussex GP who are in need of support to cope/manage living with a long-term health condition, celebrated their first birthday and expansion with a stakeholder event in May.

The event was opened by Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. The day was packed, attended by a whole range of partners and stakeholders across the community with a huge appetite to build on the success of the service. Debbie Barnett, Clinical Lead for the service, commented on the huge amount that has been achieved in a relatively short time, with early data showing fantastic outcomes for patients and for the wider healthcare system.

Dr Jackie Allt, Chief Psychologist, said “This was a  really significant day. We had a packed attendance, huge support, with equal representation from both our physical and mental healthcare professionals - which I think is a momentous achievement! The day presented a real opportunity to share integrated working, problem solve together and evolve a new language and culture as we move towards a whole  person approach to health."

TTTH is a national pilot site with the aim to share best practice to other national services across England. Katrina Lake, Clinical lead for NHS South East Clinical Networks, commented that "The day is a "day for celebration, as well as giving the whole country an opportunity to learn."

The event included a very moving representation of the patient voice, with testimonies from patients being read out by the  by a range of team members. A few tear-filled-eyes were spotted in the audience as people were reminded of the hugely positive impact that the team's work has on people’s lives.

In addition there was an excellent presentation from Sara Da Costa, Nurse Consultant in Diabetes, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who spoke of how the co-location of psychological therapists from TTTH in the diabetes centres in both Worthing and Chichester hospitals have, after her 30 years of clinical practice, changed how she and her team work in the local acute hospital trust.  

Further information about Time to Talk Health including the support it can provide to people living with a range of long-term conditions is available online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/ttth

Hear from Steve who has used the Time to Talk Health service