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An innovative NHS service in Thurrock providing psychological therapy for people experiencing recurring mental health conditions has been recognised with a national award.

The Inclusion Thurrock Psychological Therapies Service received the Primary Care Initiative of the Year Award at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards, held in Manchester.

Inclusion Thurrock, part of Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has been commissioned since 2021 to provide the service, which provides psychological therapies for people experiencing recurring episodes of depression, psychosis bipolar, personality disorders and disordered eating.

It was set up to address a gap between NHS Talking Therapies (also provided by Inclusion Thurrock), and secondary care psychology services.

Alongside enhancing access for mental health treatment, the service has also helped to reduce demand on local GP and secondary care services.

Richard Pione, Principal Clinical Psychologist with the service said: “At the heart of our initiative is a commitment to empower patients and offer evidence-based therapies to those who have been historically under-represented by psychological provision.

“The HSJ award represents a shared triumph – not just for our team, but for every patient who has benefited from our service. We are delighted to be recognised by the HSJ for this and will strive to continue to offer high quality care.”