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Colleagues will be gathering at St George’s Hospital in Stafford tomorrow to find out more about how IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Wellbeing Services are making a difference to the lives of service users.

Delegates at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s annual South Staffordshire IAPT Conference will have the opportunity to hear a range of presentations, many of which are co-produced with experts by experience.

The morning will consist of presentations from IAPT therapists, commissioners and service users about developments and feedback on the clinical work carried out in IAPT this year. The afternoon will focus on perinatal OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and we are delighted to welcome Ashley Curry, an expert by experience in paternal OCD as well as one of the co-founders of the charity Maternal OCD – Diana Wilson – to talk to us about the impact of perinatal OCD on mums and children.

Clinical Lead Dr Sarah Watts said ‘The conference is an opportunity to get everyone together who works so hard all year to keep our IAPT services running – service users, therapists, commissioners, finance and data team colleagues – to review how we are doing and learn how we can improve further. We are delighted to be welcoming so many experts by experience as speakers this year and service user voices will run loud and clear throughout our day as this is so important to us getting services right.’