Health chiefs find it’s good to talk

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP -

NHS lead­ers have been praised for trans­form­ing the way care is pro­vided to peo­ple with mild to mod­er­ate stress, anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion.

The Talk­ing Ther­a­pies ser­vice de­signed by NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), which man­ages health­care in Mac­cles­field and the area, is one of eight case stud­ies in a new na­tional re­port by NHS Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ers (NHSCC) which shares ex­am­ples of com­mu­nity-based men­tal health care.

Talk­ing Ther­a­pies was launched in Fe­bru­ary to of­fer clin­i­cal sup­port while tack­ling the root causes of men­tal dis­tress such as money wor­ries, re­la­tion­ship prob­lems or lone­li­ness.

The clin­i­cal part of the ser­vice is pro­vided by not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion The Big Life group while the sup­port is man­aged by Mac­cles­field-based Peaks & Plains Hous­ing Trust.

The ser­vice was de­signed to al­low more treat­ment in GP prac- tices and the com­mu­nity, rather than in clin­ics.

Dr Ian Hulme, the CCG’s clin­i­cal lead for men­tal health, said: “The re­port recog­nised the ser­vice of­fers holis­tic sup­port that cares for the whole per­son and doesn’t ad­dress symp­toms in iso­la­tion from causes.”

Dr Ian Hulme, clin­i­cal lead for men­tal health at NHS East­ern Cheshire

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