The National IAPT Team are pleased to announce that NHSE/I has awarded SignHealth a national contract to deliver Talking Therapies for Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL), a huge step forward for the Deaf community.

This NHS contract automatically funds NHS Talking Therapies (IAPT) referrals so that Deaf people anywhere in England can access support, without the need to complete an IFR. Deaf patients can still choose to access their local IAPT service with a BSL interpreter if they wish to do so.

Please ensure your systems and the Deaf community know that mental health support is now easily accessible via the standard referral route or directly with SignHealth at

If you have any questions please contact SignHealth’s Psychological Therapy Service at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01494 687606.