Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)- Barnsley

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About the service

The IAPT programme is a large-scale national initiative that aims to significantly increase the availability of the 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.

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 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.

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 the type of treatment
  • 91% of client satisfied or very satisfied with a 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