People urged to give their views on talking therapies

August 01 2018

Local residents are being asked for their views on the provision of talking therapies, so that the Clinical Commissioning Group, which covers Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, (BNSSG CCG) can choose a new provider for its mental health programme.

There is currently a rise in the number of people with mental health problems in the area, as there is across the UK. 

The CCG provides services under an initiative called ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT), which aims to make sure that patients experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression can access treatment via their GP. 

A new provider of IAPT is to be appointed, and to make sure the services meet people’s needs, the CCG is asking for views on the detailed specification. This has now been made available following an earlier public consultation with several hundred people. 

Dr David Soodeen, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at BNSSG CCG said “IAPT is an excellent service which has helped thousands of people since its introduction in 2008.”

“It was part of an extremely successful consultation process earlier this year, which received very good responses.”

“This is an opportunity for members of the public to see their feedback put into action, helping us to continue shaping better mental health services for residents of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.”

You can find the full service specification document, along with a link to the survey on the ‘Get Involved’ page of the CCG website by going to  

The consultation is open until Monday 27 August 2018.