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New strategy launched in November 2022 to reduce staff burnout in NHS talking therapy services.

The Oxford AHSN in collaboration with the Thames Valley’s four IAPT services (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes) launched a new Model Staff Wellbeing Strategy to help NHS staff avoid detrimental stress and burnout.  Funded and supported by NHS England, the Model Strategy has been designed by, and for, NHS talking therapy services (IAPT).  It also aims to help services address ongoing staff recruitment and retention challenges. 

In the face of increased workplace pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thames Valley’s four IAPT services, working jointly through the Oxford AHSN, wanted to ensure services remained resilient for patients, by ensuring their staff were well supported at work. They have developed the Model Strategy which any IAPT service could adopt or adapt to their own needs. 

The Model IAPT Staff Wellbeing Strategy is based on a wealth of secondary research and practice from organisational development and workplace wellbeing fields.  It also draws on wide ranging conversations with staff working in IAPT services about what would help them thrive at work.  The Strategy focuses on four key areas:

Leading with Compassion

Managing Collaboratively

Team-working effectively

Belonging for, and by, all

It includes a wealth of practical evidence-based suggestions of how to organise and run services in ways that work well for patients and for the staff working there, as well as chiming with the NHS People Promise.

The Strategy was launched in November 2022 at an NHS England national webinar for IAPT services hosted by Hayley Matthews, national IAPT Programme Manager and addressed by Professor David M Clark, National Clinical and Informatics Advisor for IAPT

The four IAPT services in the Thames Valley are each provided by one of three NHS Foundation Trusts within Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes. Commenting on the Model Strategy the Trust CEOs said:

Our IAPT colleagues provide such a skilled and important service and it is vital that we understand, share and implement best practice, in supporting them to stay healthy, well and effective.” Claire Murdoch, CEO of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and national Mental Health Director at NHS England.

The pandemic not only highlighted the importance of IAPT services but also the need to proactively support the wellbeing of staff working in such services. It is essential that we do this if we are to have services that are resilient and sustainable.” Dr Nick Broughton, CEO of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Oxford AHSN Board.

Our staff are our most important asset and supporting them to be healthy and well at work is of upmost importance to us.” Julian Emms, CEO, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The Model IAPT Staff Wellbeing Strategy and accompanying resources are available here.

Healthy Minds Bucks NHS Talking Therapies Service Information Session

Do you work with people in the community?

Do you want to know about mental health support on offer, and how to signpost people?

If so, please sign up for our 1-hour free information session below.

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time: 10-11am

Presenters: Josef Landsberg and Martyn Bradshaw

Book your free tickets here

This Healthy Minds Information session will be delivered by two of our senior clinicians, Josef Landsberg, Deputy Clinical Lead and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Martyn Bradshaw, also a Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

This session is targeted at all professionals that may come across someone they work with or know who may be requiring support for low level mental health needs, like anxiety and depression.

Our informative introduction to the Healthy Minds service will explain what services and support is on offer to our patients, how it operates, what to expect and how to refer with a chance to ask any questions.

Future Event Dates:

Tuesday, December 13 2022       Time: 2pm-3pm               Book your free tickets here

Wednesday, January 18 2023      Time: 11am-12pm            Book your free  tickets here

Thursday, February 23 2023        Time 10am-11am             Book your free tickets here 

Watch: Therapy patients urge others to seek early help

Five inspiring talking therapy patients have shared their recovery journeys in a series of short films to encourage others to get early help for their mental health. 

The films explore how therapy improves people’s lives and what can stop some people from diverse backgrounds or older generations from asking for help.

“You may be wondering if therapy is really for you.” says Rani Griffiths, a High Intensity Therapist and Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Lead with NHS Talking Therapies Berkshire.

“We’ve got a range of staff from different backgrounds and we come from a non judgemental place. Everyone can experience mental health difficulties. It can affect anyone no matter who you are or what your background is.”

She adds: “I get to see this incredible journey through therapy, and it can be difficult and painful at times. People develop in a way that helps them connect. I see people build in confidence and take on new challenges that they didn’t think possible. I see people’s world expanding.”

Diana, who has received Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), says: “Therapy has made me see life in a different way. I never really knew if I could talk to someone it would change the way I thought life was – because I felt like I was alone in this world. But when I shared with my therapist it really made the burden to be less and less heavy on me.”

“Seek help sooner rather than later.” Says Peter: “I waited 40 years to get treatment for my phobias. Would you do that normally? I had a bad knee for two years. I’ve had it sorted.”

Navdeep – “Mental health issues can be quite taboo in some cultures”


Peter – “I took 40 years to get help for my phobias”


Marriam – “I had this big fear of being judged”


Diane – “Therapy has made me see life in a different way. I felt like I was alone in this world. But therapy really made the burden to be less and less heavy on me.”


Amedeo – “I had the usual impressions from the media, films, movies of someone lying down on a couch”

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) services across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have teamed up to produce the videos for three county-wide NHS therapy services: Healthy Minds Buckinghamshire, Talking Space Plus (Oxfordshire) and NHS Talking Therapies Berkshire.

The films have been released in Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022) in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more

Healthy Minds Buckinghamshire is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is registered with a GP in Buckinghamshire. 

Visit our Self-Referral page to sign-up online for Talking Therapies (opens in new browser tab) or call us on 01865 901 600 to book a wellbeing assessment.

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every May to raise awareness of mental health issues and the stigma often associated with these conditions. The theme for this year is Loneliness #IveBeenThere.

Visit the Mental Health Foundation website to find out more about the Week (opens in new browser tab).

 It’s Time to Talk

“Let’s talk. We’re here to help” is the message from Healthy Minds, Buckinghamshire, and TalkingSpace Plus, Oxfordshire, amid the nation’s biggest mental health conversation #TimeToTalk Day.


Conversations have the power to change lives.

That’s why, as part of TimeToTalk Day, people are being encouraged to create supportive communities where we can talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to seek help when we need it.

Talking therapy services Healthy Minds, in Buckinghamshire, and TalkingSpace Plus, in Oxfordshire, are IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapy) services provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Both are urging people to reach out for support if they need it.

Deputy clinical lead consultant and cognitive behavioural therapist for Healthy Minds, Josef Landsberg said: “For many people taking that first step to talk to someone about your emotional problems might feel impossible. We may look for all sorts of reasons why it would not work and then convince ourselves to just ‘soldier on’. However, this can come at a huge emotional cost.

“We know that the need for emotional support is far greater since the start of the pandemic. We have worked relentlessly at making it as easy as possible to take that first step to talk to someone by expanding our workforce, and like so many services, adapting our interventions to be delivered online for those people who cannot attend face to face.”

Healthy Minds and TalkingSpace Plus both offer treatment and support to adults experiencing anxiety, depression and low mood. In addition, they both also offer specific treatment to support people with their mental health when they have a long-term physical health condition.

Dr Heather Salt, consultant clinical psychologist and lead for long term health conditions in TalkingSpace Plus, said: “We see many people with emotional distress linked to their health problems such as cardiac and respiratory disease, diabetes and, more recently long covid. We offer support and strategies to help people cope with the difficulties they may experience as a result of their long term physical health condition and emotional distress. We can link with their medical teams for joined up care, helping them to manage their stress, worry and low mood.”

To find out more or to self-refer to Healthy Minds in Buckinghamshire visit the website , text TALK and your name to 07798 667169 or call 01965 901600.

To find our more or to self-refer to TalkingSpace Plus in Oxfordshire visit the website or call 01865 901 222.

One of the Time to Talk Day missions is to change this stigma and encourage everyone to be more open: talking, listening and changing lives through conversation.

Getting involved in Time to Talk Day 2022 is easy and the suggestions are:

  1. Have a conversation about mental health, with a friend, family member or anyone.
  2. Tell your story online. It’s amazing that your own experience could help hundreds, maybe even thousands, of others.
  3. Challenge mental health stigmas in media and the bad coverage it sometimes gets.
  4. Learn more about mental health problems and how you can help the people in your life who may face them.
  5. Volunteer with or donate to a mental health charity.

Time to Talk Day is a campaign by Mind, Rethink Mental Health and Coo-op, supported by our local partners Oxfordshire Mind, which with Oxford Health is a member of Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, and Buckinghamshire Mind.


Healthy Minds, here to “Help!”.

Healthy Minds join plethora of stars to “Help!” you with your mental health thanks to the Beatles.

Buckinghamshire’s talking therapy service Healthy Minds is waiting for your call as national landmark mental health campaign launches with ‘Help!’ From The Beatles. Backed by some of the biggest recording artists, the new landmark campaign uses the classic 1964 Beatles song to reinforce the message for people to take better care of their mental health.

People struggling with their mental health are encouraged to seek immediate help – just like the theme of the famous Beatles song – and say ‘Help me if you can I’m feeling down’ thanks to some of the biggest recording artists, like Craig David, Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, Tom Grennan, Laura Mvula, Ella Henderson and Max George.

It is hoped the poignant soundtrack will encourage people to think and reflect about their mental health.


According to NHS England and Improvement, since April 2020, over 230,000 nationally have come forward for NHS talking therapies.


Anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns in Buckinghamshire is encouraged to get in touch and see how talking therapies also known as IAPT (Improved Access to Phycological Therapies) can help them. 


Josef Landsberg, Deputy Clinical Lead at Healthy Minds, said: “You have nothing to lose and so much to gain by taking those first steps and asking for help from your local IAPT service. Healthy Minds, the Buckinghamshire IAPT service, want you to come forward so made it even easier to get your foot in the door by offering Bucks residents the option to choose and book their first appointment online by simply visiting their website. In addition to this the service can also be accessed via conventional routes and effective treatment is available either face to face, over the phone or by video consultation.”  

So, ‘we can help you if you’re feeling down’ easily self-refer by visiting Healthy Minds, call us now on 01865 901600 or text “TALK” and your name to 07798 667169.