Trust welcomes new Psychological therapies strategy

08/06/2010

Local clinical psychologists have welcomed the launch of the Psychological Therapies Strategy, by health minister Michael McGimpsey.

The document was launched yesterday at a reception in the Everton Complex, a Belfast Trust centre in north Belfast. It aims to ensure that people experiencing psychological difficulties are able to access psychological therapies easily, and support is available when and where it is needed. It also emphasises the importance of involving the service users in the planning of how services are organised and delivered.

Local clinical psychologists have welcomed the launch of the Psychological Therapies Strategy, by health minister Michael McGimpsey.

The document was launched yesterday at a reception in the Everton Complex, a Belfast Trust centre in north Belfast. It aims to ensure that people experiencing psychological difficulties are able to access psychological therapies easily, and support is available when and where it is needed. It also emphasises the importance of involving the service users in the planning of how services are organised and delivered.

This is an important step in addressing the historical under-investment in psychological therapy services in Northern Ireland ‘This is an important step in addressing the historical under-investment in psychological therapy services in Northern Ireland’ says Dr Nichola Rooney of the Belfast Trust. ‘The new strategy has recognised the importance of developing and training a skilled workforce to deliver these services in the future as well as promoting the role of research to increase knowledge and understanding of how best to improve psychological wellbeing.’

The strategy is available from the DHSSPS website