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CBT for psychosis - Clinical trial shows psychological therapy is a safe and acceptable treatment

An important clinical trial undertaken by Prof Tony Morrison of Greater Manchester West and his team at the University of Manchester published in the Lancet today concludes that Cognitive therapy significantly reduced psychiatric symptoms and seems to be a safe and acceptable alternative for people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders who have chosen not to take antipsychotic medication.

Mental Health: Delivering Improved, Integrated and Accessible Services

27th February 2014, The Monastery, Manchester.

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10 Day Foundation Course in Couple Therapy

TCCR are running a foundation course in couple therapy for IAPT therapists who would like to train as couple therapy for depression practitioners but do not have the experience of working with couples. This is a ten day course held over six months beginning in April 2014. The course will be held in London.

Further information and the application form are available under Resources.

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The New Savoy Partnership 8th Annual Conference & Exhibition: Psychological Therapies 2014
Thursday 20 and Friday 21 November 2014
Hallam Conference Centre, London

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Publication of new DH Mental Health Action Plan

Publication of new DH Mental Health Action Plan – Closing the Gap: priorities for essential change in mental health (DH, 20 Jan 2014)

Yesterday the Government published a new mental health action plan 'Closing the Gap' that builds on the 2011 strategy document 'No Health Without Mental Health' (DH, 2011). The document outlines measures to make services more accessible and effective for the one in four people who will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life. Addressing a conference of mental health experts, charities and services users Nick Clegg outlined the key measures of the action plan: dealing with stigma; improving services for children and young people; bringing equity of access and choice in-line with physical health care; adding the friends and family test.

Publication of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Review Report Jan 2014

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the Department of Health (DH) commissioned review undertaken by University College London and an expert reference group during 2012-13.

The review examined the PWP curriculum and associated materials in order to update and revise them as appropriate. There were a number of reasons for commissioning the review, including developments in the evidence base, the need to refine the assessment process, the changing demands on IAPT services, new roles emerging with IAPT services and the need for a better integration of PWP course accreditation and the national curriculum, in particular the assessment of trainee competence. Full details of the review are available from the UCL website

First National IAPT Annual Report published

Jan 2014 Health & Social Care Information Centre
The First National IAPT Annual Report April 2012-13

As the first annual report based on the new way of processing the IAPT dataset, this paper represents a first look at how the database can be used to measure performance under the IAPT programme, and is an exciting step forward in the move to using patient level data to produce national statistics regarding IAPT. This first annual report provides a picture of activity in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and the people that use them in 2012/13.

Download the full report

Open Forum Events present Dementia: Quality of Care

Full details are available in the event calendar.

Psychological Practitioner Membership of the Clinical Senate

Are you interested in being a member of the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Senate Council or the Clinical Senate Assembly?

Following a launch event on the 12th December, the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Senate are now inviting clinicians to become members of their council and assembly. It is important that there are a number of psychological professionals on the Senate Assembly, and ideally we need at least one practitioner on the Senate Council as well. The time scales are tight and the network will work with the Clinical Senate team to see how we can make sure psychological professionals are represented for the future. But if you are interested and available to apply we are keen encourage you to take up this opportunity now.

What is the Senate Council?

The Senate Council is a small multi-professional steering group of broad subject experts that will perform the business functions of the Clinical Senate; developing activities, products and managing the outputs of the Clinical Senate. Membership of the council is voluntary and time commitment is 1-2 days per month, all reasonable expenses will be covered. Members of the Council will have access to development opportunities that they can apply to their senior leadership roles. Application to the Senate Council is by sending an updated CV and covering letter outlining what you are able to bring to the Clinical Senate Council. For professionals from NHS Trusts a supporting reference from an executive level director or CEO is required. Please email this information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date for the Clinical Senate Council membership is 17th January and interview dates are set for 7th and 14th February 2014. Interviews will be held in both Manchester and Lancashire.

Download further information on how to submit an expression of interest for Clinical Senate Council.

The Senate Assembly is a wider and diverse multi professional forum providing the Council with ready access to content experts from a broad range of health and care professionals. Membership of the assembly is voluntary and time commitment is attendance at an annual conference, and ad hoc meetings as Senate topics dictate. Application to the Senate Assembly is by sending your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any queries regarding applications should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and if you do apply please let me know at the network This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can link you into future work.

Clare Baguley presents PPN North West at the Psychological Therapies conference

Clare attended the Seventh Annual New Savoy Conference; Psychological Therapies in the NHS:
Re-thinking Psychological Therapies in the new NHS on Friday 29 November at the Mermaid Conference Centre, London.

Download the conference brochure.