Please be aware of the following criteria for all referrals: 

  • The service will be available to people experiencing mental distress in relation to common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

  • We are unable to work with individuals under CMHT services unless formally discharged.

  • Those presenting mental health difficulties within clusters 1 – 4.

  • The individual is registered with Swale or Canterbury & Coastal CCG GP practice.

  • Swale patients must be 18 years or older.

  • Canterbury & Coastal patients must be 17 years or older.

  • Active service personnel within the area.

  • Individuals must meet ‘caseness’.

  • Individuals must be able to attend appointments regularly.

  • Individuals must be suitable for short term IAPT services.

In line with strict guidance from our CCG, we work to the following exclusion criteria:

Eligibility Criteria for KMPT/ CMHT  Services (Non IAPT):
Individuals will have multiple, complex needs, e.g.:

  • A clinically diagnosable mental health problem

  • History of violence or persistent offending

  • Significant risk of persistent self-harm or neglect

  • Poor response to previous treatment

  • Dual diagnosis of serious mental illness and substance misuse or learning disability or neurodevelopmental disorder.

  • Detention under Mental Health Act (1983) on at least one occasion in the past 2 years

  • Mental health problems exacerbated by personality disorder

  • Persons identified as high risk (e.g. suicidal intent, severe self-injurious behaviour, psychotic symptomatology)

 In situations where the patient does not meet IAPT eligibility requirements we strongly recommend a referral to SPoA. 

Refer a patient to FCS by filling in the form below or downloading a referral form here.  We also have a downloadable PHQ/GAD questionnaire here.  

If you are referring from KMPT / CMHT services, please note we require full discharge notes from you at point of referral. Please send these notes to our secure email at Please also state the reason for this referral clearly in the Message box below, referring to the guidance from the CCG eligibility criteria.

GP and Other Organisations' Referral form:

Self referrals can be made on our NHS Therapy page under IAPT.

Referrer's Name *
Referrer's Name
Please insert the full name of your organisation If you are referring from KMPT/ CMHT services please note we require full discharge notes from you at point of referral. Please forward notes to the secure email address :
I confirm that I have involved the patient in this referral process and they have agreed that they are able to attend regular appointments at FCS. *
You will not be able to submit this referral if you have not discussed this with your patient.
Please ensure you have the correct spelling
Please include the postcode
Please insert this if you have it
If you are referring from KMPT / CMHT services please state the reason for this referral clearly in the box below referring to the guidance from CCG eligibility criteria above.