About the service
The Kirklees Adult Psychological Therapies Service (APTS) promotes and provides quality, evidence-based, psychological approaches to care in order to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing through working together with service users, carers and other health professionals.
The service is for people aged over 18 who are experiencing severe, complex and persistent mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related issues and eating disorders.
We provide a range of psychological therapies delivered by trained therapists from different disciplines. All therapists are accredited by their relevant professional bodies and support their work through clinical supervision and professional development.
Therapists are trained in a range of therapeutic approaches and therapies are offered in a number of ways including individual, group and family.
We also offer training, supervision and consultation to other health professionals.
We are also involved in clinical audits and undertake research and/or supervise the research activities of others.
Why would someone choose the service?
- There is significant and growing evidence to support the effectiveness of psychological therapies.
- GPs consistently report a high demand for access to psychological therapies from people with mental health needs.
- The service employs appropriately trained and accredited therapists.
- The service offers a significant range of interventions in order to best meet the service user’s needs and allow for service user choice.
- The service offers a range of therapies including individual, group and family therapy in order to best meet the service user’s needs and allow for service user choice.
- Putting the person at the centre, collaborative working and co-production are at the heart of everything that the service does.
- Since July 2011, the service has a track record of consistently meeting the standard of more than 95% of service users accessing treatment within 18 weeks of receipt of the referral.
- Services users are able to choose the date and time of their initial appointment before agreeing with their therapist any further appointments at a time of mutual convenience.
- Service users consistently report high levels of satisfaction with the service they receive and the service achieves good clinical outcomes for a high percentage of people.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- Dietitians use the science of food to help people to make good choices about food and lifestyle. Nutrition is an important part of recovery and wellbeing. All service users admitted to a Trust ward have their nutritional state assessed.
- Adult psychotherapists work with people to assess and treat a range of emotional, social or mental health issues. They help people tackle problems such as behavioural issues, common challenges such as anxiety and depression or more complex or severe issues, such as psychosis or a personality disorder diagnosis.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.