People with long-term conditions (LTCs), such as diabetes and coronary heart disease, are twice as likely as other adults to suffer from depression and/or anxiety disorders. With growing numbers of our population suffering with one or more LTCs, it is imperative that services are able to offer effective, adapted treatments to this patient group.
To date a number of innovative treatment protocols have been disseminated across the Oxford AHSN region. These include:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia treatment protocol
- Depression and diabetes integrated care projects
- Heart2Heart integrated care project
- COPD integrated care project
In addition, service innovations have been disseminated which are aimed at supporting other health professionals to offer a more holistic and integrated approach to their patients/students, including:
A modular teaching programme aimed at supporting primary care health professionals, such as GPs, in detecting and managing patients with mental health problems.
A modular training programme for teachers and primary care staff aimed at supporing them to detect and better manage children and young people’s mental health problems.
A number of our IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services have been awarded funding to become ‘early implementer’ sites as part of the national Integrated IAPT Expansion programme to set up new, integrated and co-located services for people suffering with LTCs and co-morbid anxiety/ depression. Read more here in the Oxford AHSN newsletter, November 2016.
New services are expected to be in place by February 2017 and the Anxiety and Depression Network is actively supporting data collection design and analysis for healthcare utilisation evaluation.
The Anxiety and Depression Network will hold regular rapid learning events to ensure learning is shared across the Oxford AHSN region.