This section aims to provide guidance on professional referrals to the VitaMinds ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) service in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This IAPT service provides NICE recommended treatments for people who are:
- Over 16 years old
- Living in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area
- Experiencing common mental health problems
You can find the assisted referral form here.
The IAPT service provides a stepped care model ensuring patients receive the least intensive treatment in order to promote a reliable improvement.
The IAPT service is not suitable for people assessed to have significant risks. It is meant for patients where the likelihood of acting out is very low and the impact would be minor, and without the need of medical intervention. Examples include patients who have suicidal ideation but with no plans or intent and patients who may superficially cut or scratch but don’t require medical intervention. With regards to safeguarding issues, the patient’s illness would have only a very mild impact, if any, on the safety or wellbeing of others.