Bringing creative psychotherapies to primary NHS Mental Health Services in the UK : a feasibility study on patient and staff experiences of arts for the blues workshops delivered at Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services

Omylinska-Thurston, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8329-171X, Karkou, V, Parsons, AS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3540-5660, Thurston, SD ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5326-593X, Dubrow-Marshall, LJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4092-6599, Nair, K, Starkey, J and Haslam, S 2022, 'Bringing creative psychotherapies to primary NHS Mental Health Services in the UK : a feasibility study on patient and staff experiences of arts for the blues workshops delivered at Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services' , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research .

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Abstract

There have been several arguments for the need to generate evidence-based creative forms of psychological interventions in Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT), the main primary mental health provider in hospitals in England, UK. In this feasibility study, we sought to identify helpful and unhelpful factors of a new creative group psychotherapy, titled Arts for the Blues. We also wanted to find out whether the research tools used were acceptable and sensitive. We therefore engaged a group of seven patients attending an IAPT service in the North West of England, and a group of six staff working in the same service, to attend one creative workshop each, followed by a focus group. The two focus groups were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. We also collected pre- and post-measures of depression (PHQ-9) and anxiety (GAD-7), measures commonly used in IAPT services, plus measures of well-being (WHO-5), the PANAS, and goal-setting, which were considered for acceptability and sensitivity. We received largely positive responses from service users and staff in the use of creative methods in psychotherapy. Although the measures used had limitations due to the short duration of one-off creative workshops, we found that they were sensitive enough, easy to complete and, thus, were acceptable. We concluded that Arts for the Blues is a promising intervention in IAPT, especially since it is shaped by service users and staff working in these services. Further work is needed to establish the effectiveness of this new intervention.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1473-3145
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Funders: Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Depositing User: J Omylinska-Thurston
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 13:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 13:16
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64079

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