New mental health services for anxiety and depression

Below is a copy of Press Release from the Bromley Clinical Commissioning group 23 December 2016

NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group is pleased to announce the launch of a new psychological therapy service, Talk Together Bromley, on 1 April 2017 for patients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The new service will be provided by Bromley Healthcare CIC.

The service offers a range of easy-to-access therapies, including self-help resources, online support and face-to-face sessions on a one-to-one basis with trained therapists or counsellors. There will also be group sessions focusing on specific themes. Patients, GPs and other health professionals will be able to refer easily online or by phone 24 hours a day – every day of the week. Bromley Healthcare CIC will be the main provider of the new service, supported by Mental Health Matters, a National Charity with over 30 years’ experience of helping patients and their families.

The service is part of a national drive to give mental health the same focus as physical health by increasing access to services.

NHS Bromley CCG will invest almost £3million a year in the service for up to 5 years. More than 5,000 patients will get treatment each year.

Dr Angela Bhan, Chief Officer of NHS Bromley CCG said, “We are excited about the new service and are confident that it will build on the successes of the current service and improve outcomes for even more patients. We know how important these services are and what a difference our local investment will make to the lives of the patients and their families”.

The existing service, Bromley Working for Wellbeing, will continue to accept new referrals and deliver quality care and outcomes until the new service commences.