New therapy service launches in Doncaster

A new dynamic therapy service has launched in Doncaster to support people to live well with chronic long term physical health conditions.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – Long Term Conditions (IAPT-LTC) service is provided by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and launched on November 2, 2018 at Cantley Health Centre in Doncaster.

The service offers talking therapy support for adults who have illnesses like diabetes, respiratory, heart conditions, or who have chronic pain, as well as experiencing depression, low mood, anxiety or stress.

Joanne Goulding, RDaSH Team Manager for IAPT-LTC, said: “This new service promotes person-centred care by taking a holistic approach through working with the individual to support both their physical and mental health needs to help them to better cope with their condition.”

The service is based at Cantley Health Centre, Middleham Road, DN4 6ED and is provided by a team of specially trained therapists who work together with healthcare colleagues to bring about greater integration of people’s mental wellbeing and physical care.

Stephen Emerson, Head of Mental Health Commissioning at Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Doncaster has long commissioned a range of psychological talking therapies to help improve the mental health and wellbeing for people with a range of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

“We are pleased to extend this offer to people living with a long term health condition where talking therapy can add real value to an individual’s quality of life, supporting them to manage their care needs and to make informed lifestyle choices.”

The IAPT-LTC service is available free to Doncaster residents aged 18 years and over. Local people can self-refer into the service and access a range of talking therapies and information that includes maintaining positive mental wellbeing and self-help literature.

To self-refer into the service telephone 01302 566999 or for all other enquiries call 01302 379563.

Photo shows:  Joanne Goulding, Team Manager; (fourth left) with Stephen Emerson, Head of Mental Health Commissioning Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (fifth left) and colleagues at the launch event

Photo shows:  Joanne Goulding, Team Manager; (fourth left) with Stephen Emerson, Head of Mental Health Commissioning Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (fifth left) and colleagues at the launch event