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Report back: IAPT Workforce and Diabetes Long Term Conditions Event

22nd January 2019

Ursula_James_title_slide.jpgOn 5th December, representatives from Cheshire and Merseyside CCGs came together for our IAPT event exploring priorities around the areas of diabetes, long term conditions and workforce.

A good mix of delegates, including consultants, nurse specialists, transition leads, lived experience representatives and commissioners, made for an engaging and productive event. Participants heard from a variety of Mental Health and Diabetes professionals, among them Ursula James, Mental Health Senior Clinical Delivery Manager at NHS England and Liz Thomas, Workforce and Education Transformation Lead for Health Education England (HEE).

Liz delivered a thought provoking session on IAPT workforce planning which generated much discussion through the Q and A. She gave an overview of the current landscape across the North West Coast including known issues HEE are trying to address around recruitment, retention, training and funding. She explained the trainee pipeline, discussed workforce models for long-term condition- and IAPT core services and explored local issues and solutions.

Ursula’s session looked at what’s expected in terms of Long Term Conditions integration with IAPT (fidelity to the model) and some of the successful outcomes from Wave 1 and 2 with a diabetic focus. She covered the expansion of IAPT into physical health pathways and gave an overview of early implementer work, including evaluations at a local level with examples specific to diabetic pathways.

In group work, CCGs worked together to develop their current Long Term Conditions plans, agreeing timescales and measurable outcomes, with facilitated support from Ursula, the DCO (Designated Clinical Officer), the Diabetes team and other SCN colleagues. Dr Paul Campbell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Chair of the North West IAPT Leadership and Innovation Forum, facilitated the feedback, with each group reporting back their agreed actions and next steps, and brought the event to a close.

View Ursula James’ presentation

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