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by Daisy Stirpe

JSA Psychotherapy furthers involvement with Academic Health Science Networks

One of our many targets for the new year is to revitalise the work we do with clients that we receive through the NHS, by recommendation or otherwise. In the interests of gaining a greater understanding about the needs and demands of the ever-changing industry, we have been seeking to engage with leading professionals and decision makers from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. Our ultimate goal is to integrate our service more cohesively into the corporate ecosystem of private and public care. 

To this end, we have invested time to attend a number of seminars and workshops that are being organised by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Established in 2013, this group of self-described catalysers are responsible for bridging the knowledge gap between the CCGs and innovations provided by the private sector and university research programmes. For small to medium enterprises such as ours, the AHSNs serve a crucial function in facilitating dynamic communication that will allow us to provide the best possible service to meet the demand issued in public demand contracts. 

This week, JSA were represented at one such event. Health Innovation Manchester, the AHSN presiding over Greater Manchester and its surrounding areas, held a Q&A with several key note speakers from the NHS’s CCGs and procurement teams. Hosted at the convention centre in Alderley Park’s world-famous life sciences research and development campus, the conference offered varied insights into the projected ambitions of the group, and the roles that private healthcare providers can fill in order to make them a reality. 



We are also excited to have reservations for the upcoming symposium titled Creating a Narrative for Trauma Informed Service Transformation. The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria will be hosting this symposium in March, in association with the North of England Mental Health Clinical Network. Addressing a more specific issue than the ongoing problem with disconnected services, the focus of the day will be to explore the potential value of further promoting the integration of trauma informed care into the mental health sector. 

As avid proponents of trauma-informed care, JSA already utilise the principle within the extensive span of our clinical psychotherapeutic models and practice. For a more detailed understanding of how this informs our standards of care, see the section of our website concerning the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and its application. Unsurprisingly, there is a palpable, company-wide enthusiasm for the potential to further proliferate this framework in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues, for the local region and beyond.

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