Mental Health is a priority workstream for us. In response to local workforce challenges, we are working with Education Providers and Trusts to ensure recruitment to commissions, drive down attrition and improve outputs from local commissioned programmes.
We have worked with key partners to develop its response to the mental health challenge. We believe that a collaborative, partner-led approach to key local priorities is a key part of raising awareness of key issues. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) continues to be a national policy priority. The NHS Mandate for 2015 sets out a commitment “to ensure that there are sufficient therapists and other staff with the right skills to support the delivery of the IAPT programme”.
We commission High Intensity (HI), Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) programmes and supervisor training from the University of Reading (link), based on demands from local IAPT services (link). In addition, funding is allocated to support provision of non-CBT modalities. HETV is working closely with local IAPT services to understand workforce need, support the expansion of services and improve retention rates, as per the HEE Mandate for 2015 (link).