Psychological Therapies in Primary Care: Setting Up a Managed Service

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Karnac, 2005 - Psychology - 234 pages
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The aim of the book is to introduce the case for the management of psychological therapy services in the NHS as a result of the recent and very significant changes in primary care commissioning and mental health strategy. The historical context of the book is the development of counseling provision within the NHS and the introduction of Primary Care Organisations as a result of the U.K. government's NHS plan (2000) together with the National Service Framework for Mental Health (1999).
The book is intended to be practical and accessible and is written in short easy-to- access sections. The chapters contain practical guidance and real information drawn from the authors' considerable experience in NHS counseling. The introductory and final chapters put the need for a managed service model of psychological therapy provision in the context of today's NHS from the perspective of clinical governance and professional quality standards and development. With the background of an ever-changing NHS, there is also a look to the future direction of the provision of psychological therapy in the shape of integrated managed teams in primary care and parallel professions.
This volume will be relevant not just to NHS managers and practitioners, but also to other counseling organizations and clinicians, since many of the structural and clinical issues raised will be applicable in a wider context.

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About the author (2005)

Antonia Murphy is a registered UKCP intersubjective psychotherapist and supervisor, with over twenty-five years of clinical experience in the NHS, the third sector, and private practice. As well as her clinical work, Antonia managed the primary care counselling service in Derbyshire from 1998-2006, and was a founding director of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC) and chair of the UKCP PCIP college training assessment committee until 2015. Her training portfolio includes course design and delivery of CPC’s multi-modality supervision training programme, and more recently she has developed her long-term clinical interest in working with suicide into a training which has been delivered to over forty universities and other settings. She is the former editor of the Journal for the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling, an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychodynamic Practice, and co-author (with Joan Foster) of Psychological Therapies in Primary Car : Setting up a Managed Service.

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