Society member to advise on older adults

Marie Claire Shankland, a Chartered Psychologist, has been appointed as the national adviser for older people by the National Health Service’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

IAPT was created to offer patients a realistic and routine first-line treatment, combined where appropriate with medication which traditionally had been the only treatment available. The programme was first aimed at people of working age but in 2010 was opened to adults of all ages.

 In 2011 its work expanded, following publication of Talking Therapies: a four-year plan of action , one of a suite of documents supporting No health without mental health, the cross-government mental health strategy for people of all ages.

Marie Claire Shankland is a member of PSIGE – the  Faculty of the Psychology of Older People of the Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology.