Thurrock Council, health and social care providers, and GPs turned out to celebrate the launch of a new therapy service for people with long-term health conditions.
Thurrock is one of 16 areas in England and the only one in the East, that have been awarded transformation funding for a second wave pilot on Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for people with long-term health conditions.
The service was officially launched on 10 October to tie in with World Mental Health Day. Theresa Moyes, Head of Quality and Clinical Performance, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Dr Anand Deshpande, Chair of Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group launched the service, saying it was a forward thinking way to improve overall health and wellbeing of people living with long term health conditions.
The plans are for seven experienced mental health therapists to be integrated into primary care teams to provide support and enable people with LTCs enhance their self-management skills. The focus will initially be people living with Diabetes to align with the development of the RightCare programme. It will then be rolling out to other conditions like COPD and Heart Disease through 2018-19.