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Celebrating five years of Time To Talk Health

Date: 03 May 2022

This May marks the fifth anniversary of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s (SCFT’s) service Time to Talk Health, which provides talking therapies to adults in West Sussex with long-term health conditions.

Launching in 2017, Time To Talk Health began as an offshoot of Time to Talk, and has grown into a hugely successful service, with over 2,500 referrals last year and 1,700 patients being assessed. Of those that went on to receive treatment, 73% recovered or reliably improved.

Time to Talk Health is one of a kind in England. It is a specialist service within SCFT’s IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service, Time to Talk, which was launched in 2009. IAPT is an innovative and ambitious national programme that offers psychological assessment and therapy for adults in West Sussex with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression.

Time to Talk and Time to Talk Health is one of England’s highest performing IAPT services, and what makes Time to Talk Health special is that it is a dedicated, distinct service that links up with physical health teams across West Sussex. While other IAPT services may offer a long-term health pathway as part of their service, Time to Talk Health has developed as an independent and highly successful service that puts long-term health conditions at the heart of their treatment.

What Time to Talk Health can do

Time to Talk Health supports adults in West Sussex with mild to moderate anxiety and depression associated with the following conditions:

  • A cardiac condition
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes - Type 1 Type 2 or gestational
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Long Covid - ongoing symptoms for 12+ weeks
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions

Using talking therapy techniques such as guided self help, counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Time to Talk Health offers either telephone, video or face-to-face sessions, as well as an online self-help programme. The service also includes support from a specialist employment advisor who can support patients with a return to work, or managing sickness leave in their current role.

If you are an adult in West Sussex with one of these long-term health conditions, you can ask your healthcare nurse, doctor or GP to refer you, or you can self-refer to Time To Talk Health using the online referral. Find out more on the Time to Talk Health webpages.