A Nottinghamshire NHS trust will stop running a mental health service next year, with the contract set to go out to tender. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will stop providing the Let's Talk Wellbeing service by the end of March 2023.
The IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service, which primarily supports adults in the city and south of the county with anxiety disorders and depression, stopped taking new referrals at the beginning of September. The trust said the decision was made because the Nottinghamshire NHS service was in the process of procuring a new provision of IAPT services.
However, staff within the service told Nottinghamshire Live they were worried about the move, which would mean the trust would no longer be responsible for primary adult mental health provision in Nottinghamshire. Speaking anonymously, one worker said leaving the contract open to private companies may result in a less effective service.
In a joint statement, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: "NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board are currently in the process of procuring a new provision of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to support a greater focus on addressing health inequalities and ensuring equity across the population. The new service will commence on 1 April 2023.
"Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust carefully considered its position and took the decision not to re-tender for the contract. The Trust will stop providing the IAPT service at the end of March 2023. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff who have worked incredibly hard in the IAPT service and for their continued commitment during this time."
They added that IAPT services will not be affected for patients during this time, with Insight IAPT increasing its capacity to manage any referrals to Let’s Talk Wellbeing.