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New national treatment centre for OCD in the West of England to be announced

Professor Paul Salkovskis at the OCD-UK conference

OCD-UK have today learned that a new NHS national treatment centre offering specialist treatment for OCD is due to open in the South West of England early next year.

We have been concerned for some time by the fact that there are very few NHS centres which can offer specialist treatment for OCD beyond the M25 circular, and as an organisation we have been actively supporting efforts to extend the availability of high quality treatment in the NHS outside of the Greater London area. We previously supported efforts to establish an OCD service in Liverpool, although this service was not commissioned.

We are therefore delighted to learn that the University of Bath and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are about to open a new Assessment, Treatment, Training and Research Centre which will provide, both a regional and a national clinic offering expert and highly specialist services for a range of psychological problems, particularly OCD and related problems. The provisional name for this new service is the Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems (CSPTARP) and the Clinical Director will be Professor Paul Salkovskis (pictured), who is a long-standing supporter and patron of OCD-UK. We also understand that the centre will probably be based in South Bristol with a possible satellite centre in Swindon, and will begin accepting NHS referrals early in 2013.

Article posted on: Sat, 22/12/2012 - 9:40am Read more...

Transcept OCD medication fails trial

Transcept Pharmaceuticals announced today that a mid-stage clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of TO-2061, an experimental drug for the treatment of OCD, did not meet the main goal of showing improvements in treating symptoms any better than a placebo. The data from the trial showed that TO-2061 did not meet the primary efficacy endpoint to demonstrate an improvement in OCD symptoms versus a placebo.

The trial was testing the drug in patients with OCD who had not adequately responded to treatment with approved first-line therapies.

Article posted on: Sat, 22/12/2012 - 9:00am Read more...

Treating BDD Together

Springfield Hospital

The Service for severe, refractory OCD and BDD at the Springfield Hospital part of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) is piloting an innovative and fresh approach to treating by setting up ‘group treatment sessions’ to help people who suffer from the condition.

Bringing together people who have a range of severity of BDD has a number of therapeutic benefits - it allows patients to gain from others’ experiences, and it also gives them the opportunity to observe how fellow group members overcome difficulties, such as dysfunctional beliefs or low self esteem. For those with less severe forms of BDD it can help them to gain some important insight and hopefully motivate them to address their problems before it increases in severity.

Article posted on: Thu, 20/12/2012 - 10:58pm Read more...

Workshop: Prof Maureen Whittal - University of British Columbia - CBT for OCD

Charlie Waller Institute

Location: University of Reading
Date: 18th March 2013

Led by Dr. Maureen Whittal, the purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to cognitively focused theory and treatment for OCD, and to cognitive assessment measures that focus on areas thought to be important in the etiology and maintenance of OCD.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/12/2012 - 5:50pm Read more...

2012 National OCD Conference - Live Online Streaming

Our project is funded by Awards for All

Since OCD-UK was founded back in 2004, it was our aim to ensure that OCD-UK became a charity for the whole of the UK, a charity serving our nation. It was this belief that promoted us to ensure we hosted our annual conferences around the whole of the UK, in fact, our first ever event was held in Scotland and since then we have hosted conferences on the South Coast, the East of England, the Midlands, the North West and this year we are hosting our annual conference in Wales, Cardiff on Saturday 10th November.

It gives us great pleasure today to be able to announce that this year, through the kind and generous support of Awards for All, part of the National Lottery Fund, the 2012 National OCD Conference will make use of the latest technology available to offer a live webstream broadcast of our 2012 annual conference. This year, the broadcast streaming will be freely available to all, and not only will residents in the UK be able to view the conference, but also visitors from overseas will also be able to benefit from the web streaming too, subject to technical requirements.

Article posted on: Fri, 12/10/2012 - 6:38pm Read more...

Self-Referring for CBT Treatment on the NHS (England residents)

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Whilst conducting our survey into people's experiences of OCD treatment through the NHS, we have discovered that many people are still not yet aware that in most parts of England you can now self-refer for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) without the need to actually go through your GP. Although CBT access will still be added to your medical records, it does mean that some waiting time can be minimised by self-referring, and for some, the uncomfortable feeling of talking to your family GP can be avoided.

Article posted on: Wed, 03/10/2012 - 3:19pm Read more...

Had OCD treatment during 2011-2012? We might need your help!

Please help us by completing our research survey.

OCD-UK are conducting an independent review to capture people’s experiences of trying to access psychological therapy for the treatment of OCD through the NHS, and we are asking for your help with this review. This is just a reminder that if you have tried to access OCD treatment through the NHS during 2012, please do take the time to complete our survey over the next few days if you have not already done so.

Despite the introduction of the IAPT programme, OCD-UK remain concerned that in England the quality of treatment, and access to treatment for OCD is not improving at the rate it was promised. We also know from feedback from people in other parts of the UK that the treatment provision is even bleaker. This conclusion has come from listening to our members, be that through email, on our forums, or just by listening to those that call us on a daily basis. However, we are conscious that we need to research whether our conclusion is accurate or not and get some data to support or refute our conclusion.

We very much hope that through the project's duration, the evidence highlights improvements in treatment provision for OCD.   The results we capture through the project will be made available to the NHS and the Dept of Health to help guide them towards further improvements where necessary.

Please click the read more link to see if you are eligible to help us with this valuable research. Thank you.

Article posted on: Wed, 03/10/2012 - 2:07pm Read more...

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