Communities, Engagement and Representation Team
IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
The IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Project in Bolton was carried out with the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GRT) community, led by BAND in Partnership with UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire). Nine community members from these three diverse communities were recruited and trained as researchers and in mental health awareness. The researchers worked together to develop a questionnaire which was subject to a pamper event for women of these communities and research has been carried out amongst family members and neighbours.
The research resulted in a document which was launched at an event in September 2012. Recommendations from this work can be found on the report (link below) and have been discussed in workshops at the event, meetings with commissioners and services. The outcome of this report is that the GRT community is now a recognised priority in the new NHS Bolton mental health strategy. Decisions about how to implement these recommendations in order to make change are ongoing and subject to funding.
The report was written by Jez Buffin Click Here
From the School of Social Work at uclan Click Here
Download the report (pdf ~1.4MB)