If you are a GP or Healthcare Professional, you can refer patients who are 18 years of age and above to Talking Therapies by:
- completing the health professionals referral form and submitting this electronically,
- by post, – contact us,
- or by fax – contact us.
Please note we are unable to visit patients in their homes.
It is often helpful to complete the depression and anxiety questionnaires with your patient. Please visit the self-assessment section. The scores can then be entered onto the referral form within the additional information section.
Problems suitable for Somerset Partnership Talking Therapies Service
The following are disorders and presentations appropriate for primary care talking therapies:
- Depression (mild to moderate and moderate to severe)
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Hypochondriasis (Health Anxiety)
- PTSD and Childhood Trauma
- Eating disorder (Bulimia, EDNOS*)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Specific phobias
- Adjustment reaction
- Emotional dysregulation and attachment difficulties
- Long Term Physical Health Conditions
Please discuss the following with your patient before making a referral:
Are they willing to attend regular appointments, complete tasks outside of the therapy and groups sessions and work collaboratively?
Are they seeking help for their current difficulties and motivated to make change?
Does the patient have a capacity to work psychologically?
If you are uncertain whether someone would benefit from our service please feel free to contact us to discuss their problems.
Problems not suitable for Somerset Partnership Talking Therapies Service
Somerset Partnership Talking Therapies Service does not currently offer treatment for the following presenting problems and situations:
- Severe mood disorders (including Bi-polar, endogenous depression)
- Severe anxiety/phobias/OCD (impact so significant that would not be able to attend appointments)
- Severe eating disorders (including Anorexia and BMI <17.5)
- Severe/chaotic substance misuse
- Severe Personality Disorder
- Severe Aspergers /Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Cognitive Impairment (Brain Injury, inc. Dementia)
- Significant risk to self or others
- Relationship counselling
- Recent bereavement (within last 6 months)
- Pain (as a primary presenting problem)
Guidance Notes for making a referral to SPTTs from Secondary Care Mental Health Services
Somerset Partnership Talking Therapies Service is a primary care service, fully integral to the Trust, which provides short term psychological interventions for people who have mild to moderate anxiety and depression. We run psycho-educational courses and groups, offer guided self-help, CBT and Psychological Therapy based on our assessment of people’s clinical needs. We are not a general mental health service and therefore we are not able to offer general support to people, nor monitoring of people’s mental health after discharge from other mental health services.
Information we need for referrals from secondary care:
As Talking Therapies is not on RIO (we use iaptus), we need the following information to ensure any transfer from secondary to primary care is safe, effective and fully informed.
Please therefore provide a covering letter with your referral, providing the following information:
When considering any referral to the service we would encourage you to discuss your client with the local assessment workers who can assist and advice regarding suitability and if indicated can facilitate the processing of the referral, and make suitable arrangements – contact us.