14 May 2018

Back on Track, which provides talking therapies in Hammersmith & Fulham, has expanded its services to provide even more support to people with long term health conditions.

Back on Track is part of a national initiative to provide psychological therapies to people with physical health conditions who have become worried, anxious or low in mood.

The service already has a good record of working with patients presenting with long term physical conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), alongside anxiety and depression. Recently, the service has been extended into some GP surgeries and into specialist physical health teams, to reach more people in need quicker.

Back on Track, which is a free NHS service, is provided by a partnership of three organisations:

  • West London Mental Health Trust
  • West London Centre for Counselling
  • Mental Health Matters.

At West London Mental Health Trust, integrating physical and mental healthcare is a priority – we know that mental health patients die 15-20 years early due to physical health problems. We have seen that therapists who are co-located in physical health teams are better able to communicate with physical healthcare professionals, which will provide better health outcomes such as:

  • Making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Overcoming fears, anxieties or low mood related to living with a long-term health condition.
  • Supporting patients to reduce the impact of their condition on their work, family life and other activities.

People aged 18+ with a long-term health condition who are experiencing anxiety, stress or depression are encouraged to self-refer to Back on Track. You can speak in total confidence about anything that might be troubling you and seek advice in any of the following ways:

  • By calling the West London Mental Health Trust support line: 0300 123 1156
  • By contacting support services online which can be found on the Back on Track website.

For more information please visit our website or follow us on Twitter: @backontracknhs