After the recent procurement exercise, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has been selected as preferred bidder by NHS Tower Hamlets CCG for Improving Access to Psychological Treatment (IAPT) and counselling services. This brings together the four current services, creating a single point through which all services can be accessed. The four services coming together are IAPT, bilingual counselling, bereavement counselling and general counselling.
The new contractor has agreed that the service model will be in place by autumn this year. Work has been underway for several months to improve patient services in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) best practice guidelines.
Tower Hamlets CCG managing director Simon Hall said: “I am delighted to announce ELFT as the preferred bidder for the contract to provide these important services. This is the culmination of a rigorous tender process and ELFT will deliver consistently high-quality services to all those who need them.”
The new contract also aims to meet the ambitions in the National Mental Health Strategy - the Five Year Forward View, including more people accessing talking therapy, and more people with long-term health conditions benefiting from the service.
Tower Hamlets CCG mental health lead Dr Judith Littlejohns said: “We are dedicated to ensuring the best possible talking therapy services for people in Tower Hamlets and are pleased that this new contract will result in more people receiving treatment in primary care psychology services. It will also mean clearer pathways between physical and mental health services and between primary and secondary care.”