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Solihull selected for Early Implementer Programme

Solihull CCG has been selected for Wave 2 of the IAPT Early Implementer Programme.  The bid which was submitted by Solihull local authority leads in mental health services is around improving the psychological health for people with diabetes and respiratory conditions.

By the end of 2020/21 over 1.5 million people with common mental health problems each year will access psychological therapies. People with common mental health problems often also have physical long term conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. When mental and physical health problems are treated in an integrated way people can achieve better outcomes. 

Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director, NHS England explained;

“Mental health issues affect thousands of adults every day. This funding is for new integrated services, which specifically help patients with a long term condition alongside anxiety or depression, or a medically unexplained symptom,

 

“The plans for integrated talking therapies are ambitious: we aim to see 200,000 patients each year with the help of 1,500 new practitioners in primary care by March 2019.

 

“This new wave of funding is just one of the ways we are reaching the targets we set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. It’s also really good news, improving care in 40 CCGs including Solihull CCG right across England.” 

Julia Phillips, Joint Strategic Commissioner – Mental Health at Solihull Council said;

“We are really pleased to find out that our bid has been successful.  This additional funding will really make a difference to patients in Solihull who will benefit enormously from an integrated therapy approach."

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer at Solihull Commissioning Group said;

“It is fantastic to hear that Solihull CCG has been selected to be part of this Implementer Programme focussing on mental health and associated long-term conditions.  We will continue to work closely with our partners at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to try and ensure the focus remains on prevention and early intervention and care which is focussed on individual needs.”