Understanding and improving assessment processes for talking therapies

This research programme aimed to understand service users’ experiences of assessments for talking therapies and generate evidence on best practice. The research has led to clinical guidelines for conducting talking therapy assessments.

The programme consisted of three distinct studies: a qualitative systematic review of service user experiences of talking therapy assessments which used thematic synthesis; a dyadic interview study of service users and assessors involved in the same assessment; and a modified Delphi study to develop clinical guidelines.