Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
In Minister Justin Tomlinson's written answer on: 03 April 2019 to
Written question - 237127
Department for Work and Pensions Jobcentres: Mental Health Services 237127
Q. Asked by Dr Lisa Cameron(East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)Asked on: 26 March 2019
Department for Work and PensionsJobcentres: Mental Health Services237127
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure claimants’ privacy is upheld when receiving mental health treatment in job centre settings; and whether future mental health referrals will offer claimants alternative community-based treatment in non-job centre settings.
A. Answered by: Justin Tomlinson Answered on: 03 April 2019
To help claimants with mental health conditions access the support they need we have been working in partnership with the NHS and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
Work Coaches based at Milton Keynes Jobcentre are now able to make direct referrals to the local IAPT service. Following a referral, the initial assessment of needs takes place within the Jobcentre in a private interview room and is completed by the IAPT Assessor, a qualified Work Psychologist. Claimants can elect to have the assessment take place at an alternative venue other than the Jobcentre should they choose.
The initial assessment is a gateway to the IAPT service and claimants will continue to receive support through the IAPT programme where appropriate. Participation is completely voluntary and claimants are able to withdraw at any stage of the process.
Can you give me the MINIMUM qualifications for the role of- IAPT Assessor/qualified Work Psychologist, who takes part in this scheme?
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