Talking therapies to help patients

A PILOT project by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is to focus on helping patients with psychosis using talking therapies.

The trust has won £60,000 of funding linked to a national initiative to implement new approaches using talking therapies for this group of patients.

Dr Kay Macdonald, strategic director of therapies for Sussex Partnership, welcomed the launch of the project, and said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring talking therapies to more people. These are interventions that we know people want and that are proven to be effective.”

Sussex Partnership will establish a pilot team in Sussex with increased capacity to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Interventions, and Art Therapy for people with psychosis who use the trust’s community mental health services, together with staff training.

The pilot will run for two years, and if it demonstrates that people are able to improve their lives after receiving talking therapies, this will help make the case for more investment in these approaches for other teams in Sussex and beyond.

The location of the pilot team will be confirmed in the next month and its work will then start immediately.

It will serve around 1,000 people with psychosis and many of these, depending on their preferences and clinical needs, will be offered talking therapies. GPs will be able to refer people to the pilot team through Sussex Partnership’s mental health Assessment and Treatment Service.