Changes in Iapt and branching out.

This section is for discussion relating to the Layard report, and subsequent schemes like Improving Access to Psychological Therapies where lower intensity inteventions are offered in primary care
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Changes in Iapt and branching out.

Post by autumnleaf » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:03 pm

I hardly recognise the IAPT service since I first started.Our own service has dropped its clinical hours requirement down to 21 hours by 3 hours. We still specialise in stress control groups, CCBT, telephone work and face to face. Our regions have become centralised so wait times are fairer. We can be asked to take on more assessments at a moments notice or be asked to do more treatments if we are falling behind with wait times and be asked to adjust our diaries accordingly.We have been asked to rebook assessments and put them in our treatment slots at times. All of our admin are now done by admin staff but this presents problems in itself. Our step 3 staff are also having pwp assessments booked in if their treatment slots are not filled.The focus seems to be just getting numbers through now. I no longer know how I can sustain this unless I go part time.I have to have a good reason to go part time as I am single. I did not realise how much is has compromised my health until I step out of it.My immune system is compromised but not with long term conditions but with infections or stiffness and extreme tiredness. I bounce back and then it affects me all over again.

I am looking into private areas now to commute to or charities or even homeworking roles. I cannot find many sources.Are there any. I have looked into locum work but contracts can be 3 months.I am ideally looking for permanent work or 6 mth rolling contract.

Does anyone have any experiences of their service affecting them. Are all services run differently in England.

Has anyone had any luck with working in private areas,charities,homeworking or as a locum

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Re: Changes in Iapt and branching out.

Post by Bookend » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:30 am

Hi autumnleaf, you're not alone. I have days of absolutely dreading going into work and I'd say about half the HI colleagues I talk to in my service would leave tomorrow if they could afford to. I work 4 days which helps, but the stress is still there. And the irony of talking to clients about stress management!

I wish I could offer more specific help with going private, I'm looking into it at the moment but for practical reasons can't quite make the jump yet.

I do think some services are more focused on staff wellbeing than others, if there is another service within commutable distance might be worth making enquiries. Also looking on job sites like Indeed and the babcp website for roles outside the nhs. I hope things improve and all the best to you.

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