Mental health access team

The mental health access team aims to improve access to psychological therapy and recovery focussed treatment for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The team makes sure that people with common mental health conditions are offered evidence based treatments.

The presenting problem should always be considered in the context of social and occupational functioning. The primary problem should only have a mild to moderate impact on functioning and warrant the involvement of 1 clinician only.

The mental health access team provides the following:

  • Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service

The IAPT programme is a large-scale national initiative that aims to significantly increase the availability of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended psychological treatments for depression and anxiety disorders.

IAPT is planned and not offered in an acute crisis. It is not focussed on all mental health conditions and is focussed specifically on ‘common’ mental health conditions – find out about the conditions targeted in eligibility criteria section.

  •  Primary care community mental health nurse service

The community mental health nurse service is needs-led and targets people with the spectrum of anxiety and mood disorders with higher levels of distress whose needs cannot be met by the improving access to psychological therapies service. The team does not use diagnostic indicators as eligibility criteria.


The team is currently offering a range of free workshops to help boost mental health and wellbeing. The two hour sessions cover a number of topics such as stress management and problem solving. Find out more on the poster.

Why would someone choose the service

  • The service is easy to access you can ring the team and ask to speak to a duty worker
  • The team provides a wide range of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved evidenced- based therapies to meet a whole range of needs
  • You can be seen face to face, via telephone or in a group.
  • The service offers clients an alternative choice of therapy should the first choice not help. Not all therapies suit every individual.
  • Clients are always offered the recommended treatment dose.
  • The service can provide interpreters
  • The service is open to veterans, older people, people with long term physical health problems; we also have the Rainbow tick.
  • We have a range of clinics available across the whole of Barnsley

Results from patient experience questionnaire

  • 90% of clients satisfied or very satisfied with type of treatment
  • 91% of client satisfied or very satisfied with specific therapist
  • When a request for an alternative therapist is made the mental health access team will attempt to provide this
  • 90% of clients felt fully involved with decision making processes
  • 95% of client satisfied or very satisfied with overall service.


Staff you may meet

  • Administrator
  • Other clinical staff
  • Psychologist
  • Receptionist

Page last updated on July 21st, 2017

Service delivered in: Barnsley