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Carers Voice - Have Your Say


 This page contains information about events where Carers can  have their voicesheard by either supporting a campaign, taking part in a focus group or coming along to a Carers Voice event.

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IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) is an NHS programme that is commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to provide evidence-based treatments for adults with anxiety and depression. The number of psychological therapy sessions offered to clients by IAPT providers can vary according to clinical need. Although a number of IAPT providers have reassured us that this is happening, there have been reports of clients being told that there are blanket caps / limits on the number of sessions offered (below any upper limits set by CCGs).
After this issue was raised at The County MHAG in December, it was decided that it would be helpful to gather feedback from any IAPT service users who have been advised that a service can only offer a certain number of therapy/counselling sessions, regardless of individual clinical need. It would also be valuable to have feedback from those who have not been told that this is the case. Healthwatch Kent can then produce an anonymised report to take this issue forward.
If you (or on behalf of another, or as an organisation/forum that represents service users) would like to share your experiences of set limits on therapy sessions, including experiences of not being told that there is a set limit, then please feed back to Healthwatch Kent or Healthwatch Medway by phone, email or by using the following links: https://kent.healthwatchcrm.co.uk/your-views or http://www.healthwatchkent.co.uk/  
If possible, please give any feedback by Friday 16th February. 


The NHS in Kent and Medway, Bexley in south east London and the High Weald area of East Sussex, is running a public consultation on the future of urgent stroke services in Kent and Medway. The NHS is asking for people’s views on proposals to establish new 24/7 hyper acute stroke units in Kent and Medway.

The consultation runs from Friday 2 February 2018 for 10 weeks until Friday 13 April 2018.

You can find out everything you need to know about the consultation here. Read the consultation document, come to a public meeting, complete the online questionnaire to share your views.


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