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Trust holds second Psychology and Psychotherapy Strategy engagement event

The second of two Psychology and Psychotherapy Strategy engagement events took place in Thetford on 30 October.

Service users and carers met Trust staff, commissioners and representatives from partner agencies to discuss key issues regarding the planning of future services.

The event was organised and led by Anna Vizor, professional lead for Psychology and Psychotherapy in Suffolk, and Claire Lussignea, professional lead for Psychology and Psychotherapy in Norfolk and Waveney.

Claire said: "We want to develop a strategy that meets regional challenges and ensures the continued delivery of excellent services. We know what already works well and we need to build on it. Our recommendations need to be based on good evidence and we value input from our staff and service users across the two counties."

The day provoked lively discussion on a variety of issues including the best ways of improving clinical and cost effectiveness - whether more time should be spent on prevention by intervening in communities and how to produce the best results from within a small workforce. Anna and Claire will be producing a draft report based on feedback from the day.

Kim Arber, Programme Manager at Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG said: "Attending this event has been really useful in understanding how psychological therapies in the wider context are provided in the Trust and how they can be delivered in the future."