Doncaster IAPT long term conditions (LTC) is a dynamic service which offers support for adults diagnosed with long term health conditions and who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or stress.
Living with long term health conditions can be stressful, frightening and difficult to manage at times. It is very common for health conditions to affect how you feel, this can then affect how well you manage or don’t manage your long term health condition.
We know that the mind and body are closely linked and learning more about this link can help people to understand and manage their symptoms better.
For many people, stress, anxiety and low mood can make physical symptoms worse, or more difficult to cope with.
Long term health conditions we work with
Currently Doncaster IAPT LTC works with the following conditions:
Cardiac conditions which include:
- heart failure
- coronary heart disease
- atrial fibrillation
- valve disease
- cardiac arrest
- cardiovascular disease
- heart attack.
- type 1 diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
- brittle diabetes.
Respiratory conditions which include:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- chronic bronchitis
- pulmonary disease
- pulmonary hypotension.
Medically unexplained symptoms
Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) conditions which include:
- chronic pain
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) / myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions which include:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- psoriatic arthritis
- ankylosing spondylitis
- bone fractures
- back and neck pain
- connective tissue disease.
Dermatology (skin conditions)
• Skin conditions which include:
What treatment do we offer?
Doncaster IAPT offers a treatment called cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), that is delivered by trained therapists and can be offered in both low intensity and high intensity forms. CBT explores the ways in which we think, and behave and how this affects how we feel.
We offer this type of support in many different forms, including face to face appointments in local clinic venues, telephone appointments, virtual video appointments, and as group therapy. We are also able to offer counselling support should this be deemed more suitable. Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
Differences to treatment
Within Doncaster IAPT LTC we are able to adapt the length of the session to help support an individual’s presentation. For example, this means we could book longer session appointments to allow for short breaks within the session should this be required. We recognise that certain health conditions can affect someone’s ability to sit for a long period of time, and would benefit from regular breaks.
We can also offer a higher number of total appointments and follow a different DNA/Cancellation policy, as we are aware that individuals who have long term health conditions may need to cancel due to their health or have other health care appointments that need to be attended. This additional time, also allows us to ensure that both their mental health and physical health needs are being met.
We work closely with other physical health teams, and are able to offer ‘joint working’ appointments with other healthcare professionals e.g. specialist nurses, to ensure both mental health and physical health needs are being met.
We are also able to offer home visit appointments should an individual be housebound due to their health condition.
How to refer to Doncaster IAPT LTC
To self-refer to Doncaster IAPT LTC call single point of access on 01302 566999, complete our self-referral form, or speak to your health professional who can make a referral on your behalf.
What should be expected after a referral?
After a referral has been received, you will be added to our waiting list for an initial assessment appointment. You would then be contacted to book your first appointment. This appointment will last for 60 minutes, and will be booked at a convenient time, with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
Following your assessment, you will then be given information about what treatment options would be suitable for you based on the information you have provided during the assessment. A shared decision will then be made between yourself and your practitioner, as to which option would be most beneficial.