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Improving Patient and Public Involvement is Key!

Posted on the 14th September 2015

from left to right Dr Warren Larkin, Dr Alison Brabban, Professor Heather Tierney Moore and Dr Geraldine Strathdee

From left to right Dr Warren Larkin, Dr Alison Brabban, Professor Heather Tierney Moore and Dr Geraldine Strathdee

Service Users in Lancashire were invited to attend a free shared learning event hosted by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to communicate the importance of improving Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness (IAPT for SMI) conference was open to service users, carers, commissioners and members of staff at the Trust to showcase the way the Early Intervention Service (EIS) has developed and to speak to members of the public face to face about their experiences. During the event service users also spoke about their ideas for future developments and co-facilitated some of the afternoon workshop sessions alongside clinicians from the service.

The event was well attended by delegates from across the country and during the day key speakers including Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England and Dr Alison Brabban, National Clinical Advisor for IAPT for SMI were on hand to talk to service users and hear about their experiences.

Dr Warren Larkin, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the EIS and Clinical Director for the Children & Families Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"This was the second conference of its kind we have held since being chosen as an IAPT for SMI demonstration site and it’s a great opportunity for service users, carers and members of staff to witness the work that’s taking place to improve the services, ask any questions or offer feedback and any suggestions they have. It’s really important that we get to spend time and talk to the people who use our services to ensure we can meet their needs and continually improve and strive for excellence."

The EIS was chosen as one of two IAPT for SMI demonstration sites in the country as exemplar sites for best practice in Psychosis. The aim of this is to show how the service works to provide psychological therapies for psychosis in line with national guidelines.

The event also showcased the new Access to Waiting Time Referral to Treatment Standards for EIS. IAPT for SMI is a national project aiming to transform existing mental health services to be able to provide NICE approved psychological therapies to people who experience psychosis, bipolar disorder or personality disorders.