1 July 2020: iCope has developed a new high intensity, brief, 3-session intervention based on the principles of psychological first aid, to help those who are significantly impacted by COVID-19. Referral criteria as below.
Camden Psychological Therapies Service offers treatment for a range of common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, alongside adapted therapy options for people living with long-term physical health conditions (LTC) or medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
The iCope service offers mostly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions, but other types of therapy are considered where appropriate. All the therapies we offer are recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The staff members in iCope are all trained to a high standard to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies. Staff are either Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) or Psychological Therapists. All therapists receive regular supervision.
PWPs offer a range of guided self-help interventions for anxiety and low mood using workbooks, online CBT programmes and groups. They can also link you in with activities, employment support and housing. We are based in GP surgeries and community settings. The service is for adults registered with a Camden GP.
iCope is part of the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and is fully integrated with other services within the Trust.
iCope is part of the Camden Psychological Therapies Partnership (CPTP), along with Age UK Camden, Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Services, Nafsiyat, Women+Health and Ieso.
- Adults over 18 – we have no upper age limit
- With depression, anxiety or other common mental health problems
- With long term physical health conditions or medically unexplained symptoms
- With insomnia
- Who want to access time-limited, structured psychological interventions
- Who have a Camden GP
- Are actively suicidal or a risk to others
- Have severe problems with alcohol or drug misuse
- Are already under the care of other specialist mental health services
- Require secondary (specialist) mental health care involving a multi-disciplinary team approach. This includes people who will not engage with secondary care or are waiting to be seen
- Where problems are related to a personality disorder or where there are significant interpersonal difficulties
- Have had several unsuccessful attempts at treatment with iCope previously (a clinical discussion with the GP may be helpful in these situations)
How to refer
The quickest way to self-refer is by (link below). Patients can also self-refer by email.
Please note that for patients with more complex needs (for example where there are risk concerns, a history of contact with mental health difficulties or previous contact with mental health services) it would be more helpful to receive a GP referral as this helps to ensure we have adequate information when deciding on the next steps.
- If you have any questions about suitability for the iCope service you can seek advice from the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or Psychological Therapist linked to your practice. If you do not know the clinician in your practice, you can contact us.
- Where a patient has more complex mental health needs you can also consult with the Practice Based Mental Health Team, who will be able to advise about the most suitable service, and will liaise with iCope if necessary.