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Five things you can do for patients awaiting IAPT

Professor Tony Kendrick looks at ways to help patients awaiting mental health treatment

1. Discuss sources of practical help to tackle life difficulties, such as help with childcare, respite care or day centres

2. Provide, or advise patients to obtain, self-help books readily available in bookshops or online

3. Refer patients to self-help websites such as MoodGym ( or Beating the Blues (

4. Advise patients to take up or increase exercise, or refer them to exercise on prescription programmes

5. Arrange for them to be seen in two to four weeks for active monitoring and start antidepressants if they don’t respond to the above

Professor Tony Kendrick is professor of primary care at the University of Southampton

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  • 1) Warn them that their psycho-therapist might not have dealt with their own neurosis and need to transfer it onto the patient for their own emotional gratification.

    2) Offer them a Personal Health Budget to create their own support - remind them that they will be legally entitled to request one of these for long-term conditions from April 2014.

    3) Make sure they fully understand that talking therapists are self-regulated.

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  • I agree with anonymous also talking therapists will not share any info on patient progress with medical staff which is extremely frustrating!!!!

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