New IAPT service for people with a learning disability

A new project has started in Greenwich, which it is hoped if successful may become permanent in a year's time. The plan is for patients to give it a name.

The service is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme for people with learning disabilities and their carers, and is based at Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill. 

Heading up the five-strong team of four clinicians and an administrator, is Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jennifer Jackson. Mum-to-be Jennifer said: "This is a new, innovative project for people with Learning Disabilities and their carers. It is based on the national IAPT project. We hope to raise the awareness of mild to moderate Learning Disability patients both in the community and with GPs.

 "We are a small team running a one year project with the hope that we demonstrate effectiveness and therefore continue to be funded. We are at the start of the project and are just beginning to see clients. We have seven at the moment and shortly we are going to ask them to come up with ideas to name the service they use. The scheme is part of a national research project which will also include workshops for carers to ensure their wellbeing too."

Published on 28th May 2013