This site is intended for health professionals only

Cheshire CCG launches mental health service to cut referral backlogs

Cheshire CCG launches mental health service to cut referral backlogs

28 September 2015

Share this story:


Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a mental health online service to improve access to psychological therapies (IAPT).

The service is aimed towards people with mild to moderate symptoms of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and stress, and is clinically supported by Berkshire Healthcare which runs Talking Therapies – one of the top-performing IAPT services in the county.

It is designed by SilverCloud Health to tackle short-term referral backlogs and reduce the impact of temporary staff shortages.

Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a mental health online service to improve access to psychological therapies (IAPT).

The service is aimed towards people with mild to moderate symptoms of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and stress, and is clinically supported by Berkshire Healthcare which runs Talking Therapies – one of the top-performing IAPT services in the county.

It is designed by SilverCloud Health to tackle short-term referral backlogs and reduce the impact of temporary staff shortages.

It will include an initial assessment of suitability for supported online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), clinically-validated therapeutic content across anxiety and depression and 12 weeks’ consecutive help from Berkshire’s IAPT trained supporters.

Dr Ian Hulme, CCG mental health lead and GP with Meadowside Medical Centre, Congleton, said: “We’re working hard to reduce IAPT waiting times and this online pilot service is an important part of that effort, offering immediate access to online cognitive behavioural therapy for common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and stress.”

Eastern Cheshire CCG is the first CCG from Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to go live with the online supported service, but a rollout is expected.

Want news like this straight to your inbox?

Related news

Long Covid, Government Is ‘failing’ NHS Staff
ICBs expected to ‘hold practices to account’ under latest health plan
Integrated care boards (ICBs) will be expected to ‘hold practices to account’ under the health...
NHS Leaders, ‘The Country Is Facing A Humanitarian Crisis’ As Energy Costs Soar
Government will cover half of GP practices’ winter energy bills
GP practices can expect to see their energy prices capped at ‘less than half’ of...