As set out in the government paper ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ psychological therapy services will increasingly focus on people with long-term conditions or medically unexplained symptoms. New psychological therapy provision will see physical and mental health care provision co-located with therapy services being integrated into existing medical pathways and services in primary care, or secondary care services (such as diabetes, cardiac, respiratory).
The University of Bolton now offers a variety of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events in ‘Using CBT with Clients with Persistent and Distressing Long-Term Health Conditions’. The CPD events are aimed at qualified High Intensity Therapists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Therapists who would like to develop their knowledge and skills in working with people with Anxiety and Depression who also have co-morbid long-term health conditions
The aims and objectives of these Continuing Professional Development events are consistent with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Curriculum for Long Term Persistent & Distressing Health Conditions (NHS England, 2016).
“To increase students’ theoretical and research knowledge in working with people with anxiety disorders or depression in the context of Long Term Physical Health Conditions (LTHCs) and with people who experience persistent and distressing medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). To provide practical, intensive and detailed skills training for working with people with anxiety disorders or depression in the context of LTHCs and people with distressing MUS.” (NHS England, 2016, p.1