Department announces pilot projects to improve severe mental illness services

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today announced that 6 local projects have begun work to help improve access to psychological therapies for those with severe mental illnesses.

The 6 NHS demonstration sites are already leaders in the mental health field and have been chosen to implement the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s recommended psychological therapies.

Over the next 5 months, and into 2013/14, funding of £1.2m will be used to help these trusts share information with other health organisations, about how they deliver the best treatments that lead to improved patient choice and recovery.

Work will include demonstrating how people with severe mental illness and personality disorder can get better access to psychological therapies sharing good practice to other services and sharing how  improvements in services can be made providing good quality data on how services can be improved for patients and identifying the clinical, non-clinical and economic benefits.

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