NHS Talking Therapies team up to tackle the big issues

From recruitment to health inequalities, NHS Talking Therapies services in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire have teamed up to extend a clinical network which is tackling some of the biggest challenges these services face.

NHS Talking Therapies team up to tackle the big issues

The BOB Talking Therapies Clinical Network was set up to pool resources and expertise and has developed a staff wellbeing strategy, which has been adopted nationwide.

Three further priorities have now been identified for the network to progress this year, thanks to funding for the next twelve months from Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) ICB:

  • Reducing health inequalities by increasing the number of older adults starting treatment with NHS Talking Therapies
  • Developing a sustainable model of hybrid working to support staff recruitment and retention
  • Implementing the staff wellbeing strategy that was developed last year

Funding was awarded by BOB ICS to continue a long history of innovative partnership working and co-production between the three NHS Talking Therapies services, supported by their active patient forums.

Professor David Clark, NHS England’s Clinical and Informatics Advisor for NHS Talking Therapies, will continue in his role as clinical advisor to the network.

Jo Ryder and John Pimm, Clinical Leads for the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies Services said:

“We are delighted to be collaborating with colleagues across BOB Talking Therapies services to address some of the most pressing needs for our patient and staff groups.”

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Published: 16 November 2023