Wounded Healers

“Two thirds (68.6%) of workers in low intensity CBT (PWP’s) are suffering from burnout and so are half of workers in high intensity.”

(Journal of Mental Health, published online January 13th 2017 “Predictors of emotional exhaustion, disengagement and burnout among improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) practitioners” Westwood et al).

 

The position is no better than a year ago.  On February 3, 2016, The British Psychological Society reported on a 2015 survey of over 1,300 psychological therapists working in the NHS. The survey found that 46% reported depression, with half (49.5%) feeling they are a failure. One quarter considered that they now have a long-term chronic condition, and 70% said that they find their jobs stressful. Reported stress at work was up 12% in 2014: ‘The overall picture is one of burnout, low morale and worrying levels of stress and depression . . . the majority of respondents made negative comments about their work environment, 10% of comments were more positive’,

Should working in IAPT carry a government health warning? One educator said to me recently ‘I wouldn’t work in low intensity for a ‘gold clock’!

Hospitality

This new website is intended to be a safe-harbour for cbt clinicians – many will be the ‘wounded healers’ described below. Hopefully, it will help clinicians chart new directions and empower them to advocate change, not least via the Discussion Forum and the careful monitoring of service provision.

Hospitality’ has to begin with welcoming clients, as we would a friend/relative in difficulty. MP’s and GP’s insist on face to face contact with those whom they serve in the first instance, but curiously those with mental health difficulties are expected to book a telephone assessment with the least qualified mental health clinician, is this a perpetuation of stigma?  Head over to the forum and have your say.

Welcome to the website, invite others

Dr Mike Scott