IMPACT on Teesside, a pioneering new NHS-commissioned service, launches on 1 April 2020 and will support people across Teesside who are experiencing depression, stress, anxiety, and a wide range of other common psychological and emotional issues. IMPACT will also provide recovery support for people who have experienced mental ill-health in the past.
Talking therapies are a proven, effective way of helping people with emotional and mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and stress. They help work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes.
IMPACT is commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) of NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees and NHS South Tees, who have awarded the contract for the service to Alliance Psychological Services who will be working in partnership with Insight Healthcare, Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind, and Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys Mental Health Trust.
The new five-year contract makes IMPACT the first service of its kind in the country to include wellbeing and recovery support. It aims to exceed the ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, including more people accessing talking therapy and more people with long-term health conditions benefiting from the service.
The new service will have an easy-to-use single point of access and staff will work closely with GPs and other healthcare providers to develop mental health provision and support within practices and community health settings.
Welcoming the announcement, CCG Director of Commissioning, Strategy and Delivery, Mike Brierley said:
“We are delighted to announce that Alliance Psychological Services has been chosen to deliver our new psychological wellbeing and therapy services contract across Teesside.
“The CCG has ambitious plans for its mental health and wellbeing services and this new contract goes one step further than the national guidance, offering wellbeing and recovery services for the first time, ensuring that people living and working on Teesside get a holistic approach to their mental health needs.”
Anne Drummond and Leanda Kane Fidgeon, Directors at Alliance, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with the CCG and our partner organisations to develop this innovative range of services which we believe will bring real benefit to our local communities.”