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Benchmarking and developing the role of Health Psychologist in IAPT

Lumka, Tutani (2021). Benchmarking and developing the role of Health Psychologist in IAPT. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)

Abstract

Aims and objectives: IAPT has been criticised for its focus on quantifying outcomes of therapy, rather than focusing on recovery as a lived experience. To bridge this gap, this qualitative study aims to explore the lived experiences of participants following an adapted CBT intervention programme and MBCT course. During a benchmarking and quality development project two health psychology theories, namely CSM and SCT, were used to adapt CBT group interventions for people with LTC/PPS with anxiety and depression in IAPT. After attending this adapted CBT group, participants entered the MBCT course to augment therapeutic gains and prevent reoccurrence.

Methods: Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore the lived experiences and recovery journeys of people following both these interventions. A qualitative interpretive phenomenological approach (IPA) was used to analyse the data.

Results: Four superordinate themes and their subordinate themes that captured the lived experiences of illness and recovery of the participants emerged from the analysis. These included ‘losing myself’, ‘the emergence of new understandings’, ‘changing representations of illnesses’ and ‘finding myself’.

Conclusions: Relevant clinical implications for psychological therapies in Primary Health Care (PHC) are shared, including the use of health psychology theories in adapting and improving the quality of CBT interventions for people with LTC/PPS in IAPT.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Health Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health Sciences
Date available in CRO: 14 Dec 2021 15:06
Date deposited: 14 December 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/27265
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