LIFT psychology

ContactDr. Liz Howells, Founder, LIFT psychology
Telephone01793 836836
AddressOld Town Surgery (2nd Floor), Curie Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4GB

LIFT psychologyLIFT psychology provides a primary care psychology service covering Swindon, Wiltshire, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North  Somerset.

LIFT offer a variety of services for people who are experiencing anxiety/depression or looking to improve their wellbeing.

LIFT is part of a stepped care approach to psychological care. Interventions include psycho-educational courses, self-help materials, online computer packages and individual sessions.

The diagram below illustrates the LIFT stepped care approach to psychological care.

LIFT stepped care approach to psychological care.


LIFT (Least Intervention First Time) differs from other services that use a triage approach which means patients can access support more easily. The philosophy of LIFT is opt-in, where patients do not require a referral in order to engage with the service. Access to all is very important to us meaning that a person can access varying levels of support at any time and does not have to be in crisis before they can access psychological intervention.

LIFT offer a variety of ways to access the service in order to reach as many people as possible, including:

  • psycho educational courses
  • an online CBT program
  • employment support
  • 1 to 1 sessions
  • self-help books and materials, and
  • signposting to local services.

This means that patients have a choice and a sense of control over the kind of support they access.

LIFT also offer psychological services to those who have a long-term health condition.

LIFT have a worker in every GP service across the region who can offer brief interventions and explain the service in more detail. LIFT accept both GP referrals and self help referrals.

LIFT courses can also be booked via the website

The video below shows an example and explanation of a typical course

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Key features of the services

The four areas were:

  • Community Involvement: Linking with local groups and communities to develop ways of supporting people to deal effectively with common mental health difficulties.
  • Leadership: An individual award presented to Liz Howells…by Liz Howells.
  • Working Together: As the open access courses require both clinicians and administration staff to enable them to run at a sufficient frequency to match demand (i.e. around 450 participants and a large number of course sessions each week), this award recognises where the close working relationship of the two has helped to achieve goals.
  • Personalisation and Choice: Reflects the ethos of the service which encourages self-help, patient choice and empowerment.


In the video below, first shown on Channel 4 news, Barbara Stapleton explains that by giving choice to patients Lift psychology has managed a much higher success rate in the take up of psychological therapies than the rest of the country.

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