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Network summary

The Anxiety and Depression Clinical Network is focused on continuously improving psychological therapies for adults suffering with common mental health disorders.

Our vision is to consistently provide the right, NICE recommended psychological treatments of the highest quality in a timely fashion so that more patients will achieve recovery and enjoy a better quality of life as a result of treatment.

The Anxiety and Depression Clinical Network works closely with all IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, their commissioners and academics at the cutting edge of psychological treatment research to reduce variability in outcomes through effective data analysis and by sharing innovation and research findings.

We have three overarching aims:

  • To enhance recovery rates
  • To support innovation projects for patients with chronic health problems whose management is complicated by the presence of anxiety and/or depression
  • To better understand relapse rates for patients suffering wth depression/anxiety disorders and to develop more effective post-discharge support mechanisms

Our objectives include:

  • Increasing numbers of patients achieving recovery or reliable improvement after treatment
  • Supporting new, integrated IAPT services for patients suffering with long-term conditions and depression/anxiety in the design and data collection for a health economics evaluation so that we can assess these new models of care robustly, both in terms of clinical outcomes and healthcare utilisation outcomes
  • Better understanding of relapse rates through our ‘durability of clinical gains’ project, as well as a better understanding of patients’ needs following discharge to ‘stay well’ through our patient forum-led ‘maintaining therapeutic gains’ project
  • Development of a bespoke app as an additional resource for post-discharge support, as well as enabling a large follow-up study of durability of clinical gains
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