If you are registered with a Nottingham City GP you can choose when and where to receive your psychological therapies, otherwise known as talking therapies. The service is free on the NHS, even if it is delivered by a private provider. Find out more about the therapies and choice of providers.

Is this the right service for me?

Primary care psychological therapy services see anyone over the age of 18 years, including those over 65 years of age, who is registered with a GP in Nottingham City and who is suffering from any of the following common mental health disorders:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Anger management
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders (stable or as a secondary diagnosis)
  • Depression or anxiety linked to physical health problems
  • Other mild to moderate conditions

If you have any additional needs which are stable or as a secondary diagnosis, such as substance misuse issues, mild learning disability or cognitive impairment, psychoses or personality disorder (not severe), you are still able to access the services for treatment for the above problems.

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How will primary care psychological therapy services help me?

They will:

  • Listen to you and assess how best to meet your needs. This may be through self help programmes, counselling or more intensive therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy. They can offer both one-to-one and group interventions.
  • Refer you into the most appropriate service to meet your needs. This may be their own talking therapy treatment services.
  • Refer you into different services or back to your GP for further advice if your needs can be best met elsewhere.
  • Support you to improve your mental health through reviews, regular discussions and questionnaires.
  • Offer you timely access into talking therapies.
  • Liaise with your GP and anyone else involved in your care.

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What can I expect from primary care psychological therapy services?

They will:

  • Provide trained therapists in approved locations which are convenient to you.
  • Contact you within three working days to offer you an assessment appointment (if you have been referred via your GP and you have chosen your preferred provider through the booking service), or you will be offered an assessment appointment when you contact them directly to self refer following some basic questions about you and how you are feeling.
  • Offer you an assessment appointment within 10 working days of them receiving the referral (self referral or from your GP)
  • Offer you a talking therapy treatment appointment within 10 working days of completed assessment for one-to-one guided self help or group workshops.
  • Offer you a talking therapy treatment appointment within 28 working days of completed assessment for cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy or counselling for depression.

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What is required of me?

  • You need to acknowledge that you may be suffering from a common mental health disorder.
  • You need to accept that talking with a trained therapist may help to make you feel better.
  • You will need to work with the therapist and be honest in how you feel.
  • You will need to engage with the help that the therapist is offering and the treatment plan that they develop with you to make sure that you achieve the most out of the service.

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How do I access the service?

There are two ways to refer to psychological therapies - through your GP or by self referral.

Via your GP

If you have recently visited (or are intending to visit) your general practitioner (GP) and he/she has advised you that you may benefit from talking therapies, you will have been referred to the Clinical Assessment Service (CAS). The CAS is an administrative booking service which will receive your referral and contact you within three working days to offer you enough information for you to make a choice about which provider to access. The CAS will forward your referral to your preferred provider, who will then contact you to offer you an appointment for assessment.

Via self referral

If you have seen information leaflets or posters about Nottingham City’s psychological therapy services, have visited our website or have been encouraged to do so by a healthcare professional, you can self refer directly into one of our qualified providers by contacting the following:

  • Let’s Talk Wellbeing –www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/local-services/lets-talk-wellbeing or call 0115 956 0888
  • Insight Healthcare (formerly MHCO) – www.insighthealthcare.org or call 0300 555 5580 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Trent PTS – www.trentpts.co.uk or call 0115 896 3160

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How do I choose which provider to access?

The three providers listed above have been approved to provide psychological therapy services to patients resident in Nottingham City under the 'Any Qualified Provider' scheme, which started on 1 January 2013. Please refer to their individual websites for information on each provider.

Waiting time information against target for Nottingham City for May 2015 is as follows:

   Let's Talk Wellbeing   Insight   Trent PTS 
Recovery rate 33.5% 50% 59.8%
Reliable improvement rate 64% 69% 75%
Usual (median) wait from referral to first* appointment 22 days 4 days 44 days
Usual (median) wait from referral to second** appointment 57 days 43 days 57 days

*First appointment will either be an ‘assessment only’ appointment or a combined ‘assessment and treatment’ appointment. Treatment at this stage may include things such as low intensity support, for example guided or non-guided self-help (book or computer).
**Second appointment is more demonstrative of the time taken for patients to start regular, structured therapy sessions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, interpersonal psychotherapy etc.

Current patient satisfaction rates - October 2014 to March 2015

  Let's Talk Wellbeing  Insight   Trent PTS 
Did staff listen to you and treat your concerns seriously? 95.5% 100% 100%
Do you feel the service has helped you to better understand and address your difficulties? 94.1% 96.0% 97.7%
Did you feel involved in making choices about your treatment and care? 93.1% 98.0% 99.4%
On reflection, did you get the help that mattered to you? 91.9% 94.0% 97.7%
Did you have confidence in your therapist and their skills and techniques? 97.3% 100% 100%
How likely is it that you would recommend this service to friends or family? (Percentage who answered 'extremely likely' or 'likely') 95.7% 96.0% 97.6%

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Where can I access the service?

Assessments will be offered at the following venues across Nottingham City or can be provided over the telephone at a time to suit you. Following assessment you may be referred into a treatment service which may be provided at one of these locations, in another appropriate venue, or over the telephone or online depending upon your preference and care needs. The service will be able to advise you further after your assessment.

Nottingham City – Let’s Talk Wellbeing service – Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

The following venues are available in Nottingham City:

  • Bilborough Medical Centre, Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough, Nottingham NG8 4PN
  • Bullwell Healthy Living Centre, Lawton Drive, Nottingham NG6 8BL
  • Clifton Cornerstone, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8EW
  • Counselling Xtra, 2 Pelham Court, Pelham Road, Nottingham NG5 1AP
  • Cripps Health Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2QW
  • Family Medical Centre, 171 Carlton Road, Carlton, Nottingham NG3 2FW
  • Grange Farm, 17a Tremayne Road, Bilborough, Nottingham NG8 4HQ
  • Health Point, Top Valley Way, Nottingham NG5 9DD
  • Highbury Hospital, 121 Highbury Road, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 9DR
  • Hucknall Road Medical Centre, Off Kibworth Close, Heathfield, Nottingham NG5 1NA
  • Mary Potter Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham NG7 5HY
  • Meadows Health Centre, 1 Bridgeway Centre, Meadows, Nottingham NG2 2JG
  • Nottingham City Library, Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6LH
  • Nottingham Counselling Services, Unit 5, Victoria Court, Kent Street, Nottingham NG1 3LZ
  • Old Basford Medical Centre, 1 Bailey Street, Old Basford, Nottingham NG6 0HD
  • Radford Health Centre, Ilkeston Road, Radford, Nottingham NG7 3GW
  • RHR Medical Centre, Calverton Drive, Strelley, Nottingham NG8 6QN
  • Riverside Centre, 7 Main Street, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8QJ
  • Sherwood Health Centre, Elmswood Gardens, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 4AD
  • Sneinton Health Centre, 9 Beaumont Street, Sneinton, Nottingham NG2 4PJ
  • Southglade Health Centre, Southglade Road, Bestwood, Nottingham NG5 5GU
  • Southglade Access Centre, Southglade Road, Bestwood NG5 5GU
  • Southglade Park Library, Southglade Road, Bestwood NG5 5GU
  • St Ann's Valley Centre, 2 Livingstone Road, St Anns, Nottingham NG3 3GG
  • Strelley Health Centre, 116 Strelley Road, Strelley, Nottingham NG8 6LN
  • Victoria Health Centre, Glasshouse Street, Nottingham NG1 3LW
  • Wellbeing Plus, 174 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 7NF
  • Wollaton Vale Health Centre, Deer Park FMC, Wollaton Vale, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2GR
  • Thorney Wood Mount, Psychotherapy Unit, St Ann's House, 114 Thorneywood Mount, Nottingham NG3 2PZ
  • Wells Road, Nottingham NG3 3AA

Further venues are available across Nottinghamshire; call Let's Talk Wellbeing on 0115 956 0888 for details.

Nottingham City – Insight Healthcare Talking Therapies

  • Beechdale Surgery, 439 Beechdale Road, Nottingham NG8 3LF
  • Cripps Health Centre, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2QW
  • Derby Road Health Centre, 336 Derby Road, Nottingham. NG7 2DW
  • Edgeley House, Tottle Road, Riverside Business Park, Nottingham NG2 1RT
  • Greenfields Medical Centre, 12 Terrace Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham NG7 6ER
  • International Community Centre, 61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN
  • Sherwood Institute, 2 St James Terrace, Nottingham NG1 6FW
  • The Forest Practice, Mary Potter Health Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham NG7 5HY
  • The Wright Initiative Nottingham, 6 Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5HQ

The treatment services that you may be referred to after your assessment may be provided at one of these locations, in another approved community venue, or over the telephone or online depending upon your preference and care needs. All clinics have disabled access.

Trent PTS

  • 19 The Ropewalk, Nottingham, NG1 5DU
  • 198 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3HX

Please note, there is no disabled access at the current time but requests for home visits will be accommodated where appropriate and possible.

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What if I need urgent help and support now?

You can contact one of the other services we commission in the City - the mental health telephone helpline. This service will provide a listening ear, emotional support, signposting and referral into other services for individuals and the carers of people experiencing mental distress. You can contact the service in the following ways:

  • Telephone: 0800 561 0072
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Or text 07506 628 693 and the service will call you back

The helpline is open from 5pm to 9am Mondays to Fridays and 24 hours at weekends and on bank holidays. You can find out more about this service at www.ncha.org.uk

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What if I am not happy with the services I receive?

If you have any comments about the services you receive or if you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the provider directly. All providers are required to have a formal complaints procedure in place and must respond to complaints in line with NHS policy. If they do not respond to your complaint or you are unhappy with their response, you should contact NHS Nottingham City CCG by telephone on 0800 183 0456 or via the website www.nottinghamcity.nhs.uk

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