Involvement opportunity for those with experience of psychosis and the IAPT Psychological Well-being Service

Please find information about very interesting involvement opportunity!


Title: Tailoring evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy for People with common mental disorder including Psychotic Experiences (TYPPEX study)


Project: The study is about developing a therapy offered in IAPT services for people who develop psychotic type symptoms. The project is led by Prof. Jesus Perez and Prof. Peter Jones. The team is currently recruiting  new people for the TYPPEX PPI group.


Summary: Too many people with common mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, do not recover after receiving talking therapy. People usually receive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), delivered by Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) also called Psychological Wellbeing services. Some people who do not get better are experiencing more severe forms of common mental health problems including psychotic experiences such as paranoia or hearing voices. For people experiencing a common mental health disorder as well as psychotic experiences, neither IAPT services nor early intervention services fully meet their needs. One of our service-user advisors said, “It was like being stranded in no-man’s-land…there was simply no service that was right for me”. The TYPPEX study will develop a form of talking therapy that will meet the needs of people with a common mental health condition and psychotic experiences. This talking therapy will be offered to service-users in IAPT settings, making it more accessible and less stigmatising than specialist mental health services.


Experience: We are looking for people who have experienced a common mental health disorder as well as psychotic experiences and have used IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) also called Psychological Wellbeing services).


Time commitment: The group will meet roughly four times a year throughout the course of the study. The next meeting of the group will be held on 28th February 2018 in Cambridge. Some of he work might be done via email correspondence.


Payment and support: £50 payment for attending each meeting will be offered. Appropriate training as well as lunch and refreshments will be provided. Travel expenses up to an average of £40 per person will be offered.


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