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Steps2Wellbeing Services expand across Southampton…

Steps2Wellbeing Services expand across Southampton…

Wednesday, 2 April

Dorset Healthcare Trust has been successful in extending its contract to provide psychologicaltherapies services for the people of Southampton.

The move was announced following a re-tenderingprocess undertaken by NHS Southampton City CCG.

The Service will now beexpanding to take over responsibility for the provision of the Primary CareCounselling Service, previously managed by Southern Health, from 1 April 2014.

The Trust has impressive experience in providing these services being oneof the national leader sites to pioneer this work in 2008 across Dorset andthen successfully winning the Southampton City Contract in 2009.  Dr.Colin Hicks, Associate Director for Psychological Therapies said: “We are delightedto have extended this contract as well as taking-over responsibility for themanagement of the Primary Care Counselling Service.  This is an excellentopportunity for the Trust to continue building upon the work previouslyundertaken, to ensure that patients receive a seamless transition of care,benefiting from our experience of providing early and immediate access to theseimportant Services”.

People who self-refer via freephone (0800 6127000) or are referred by theirGP, can expect to receive a variety of treatment options including guidedself-help, using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles,psycho-educational groups, computerised CBT as well as more traditional one toone CBT and Counselling.  Furthermore, people have a range of ways to receivethese treatments, either over the telephone or in person, or by taking up ourexciting new eClinic, provided by a ‘Skype type’ technology.

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