S41: Stepped-care low intensity psychological therapy: Comparing UK and Australia models

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Authors: Chris May, Sophie Dodd

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Stepped-care low intensity psychological therapy: Comparing UK and Australia models

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers



Chris May is Mayden's founder and Managing Director. Chris is passionate about maximising the opportunities presented by the internet both to provide joined-up healthcare, and to increase the cost-effectiveness of healthcare IT. This is now his primary area of interest. Formerly from a manufacturing background, Chris has dedicated the last 27 years of his career to the healthcare sector, initially as a hospital manager and information lead, and then as a management consultant specialising in information analysis and modelling. At Mayden, we're building the kind of company we want to work for. For us, that means an agile, open working culture; a flat structure and shared responsibility; and reward for our success.

Sophie leads the NewAccess team at Beyond Blue and oversees the rollout of NewAccess in Australia through the Primary Health Networks. Sophie joined Beyond Blue in 2017 bringing experience from her diverse management and consulting background across health regulation, education, financial and government sectors. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to the mental health care they need and is driving the change and evidence base needed to underpin services that will achieve this.

The UK’s IAPT programme is world renowned in enabling mass participation in low intensity psychological therapies for common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Australia was the first to emulate IAPT at a similar scale, with the national roll-out of the NewAccess programme facilitated by beyond blue. Other countries, including Norway and Canada, are at different points in developing their own population level programmes of community-based access to psychological therapy.

Both IAPT and NewAccess offer support via standardised care pathways delivered by a novel and specially trained workforce - Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners in IAPT, and Coaches in NewAccess. The hallmark of both programmes is routine collection of patient reported outcome measures. This provides unique levels of transparency about recovery rates, and therefore the effectiveness of the model of care and practitioner roles.

In this conference presentation we will compare and contrast the IAPT and NewAccess models using the data and individual client and practitioner stories of recovery. We will consider what they tell us about the impact of these innovative approaches to the delivery of psychological therapy at scale, and how they may adapt in the future.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: What will attendees gain - Insight into how psychological therapy is most effectively delivered at scale in the community.
Learning Objective 2: Relevance to mental health services and mental health issues - Addresses how to meet unmet demand from very high volume mental health conditions, including mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

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