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Podcast with Professor Paul Salkovskis

Danny Whittaker from the My Own Worst Enemy website, an online support community for anyone battling with depression or anxiety related mental health issues, recently interviewed our patron, Professor Paul Salkovskis. The result was this fascinating insight into OCD and Paul's views on everything from how he likes to refer to OCD, to views on causes and family involvement.

Article posted on: Wed, 02/11/2016 - 11:21am Read more...

IAPT Annual Report Summary - 2015/2016

NHS England

In our April members magazine, Compulsive Reading we published our summary of the 'Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)' annual report of IAPT data for the year 2014/15. In our summary we reported that the data showed big differences in recovery rates for people seeking treatment for OCD with local IAPT services across England.

For those that don’t know what IAPT is, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative was introduced across England to improve access to psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Each region has its own local IAPT service commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and all with their own local name (i.e. Let’s Talk, Healthy Minds, Talk Liverpool).

The ‘Psychological Therapies Annual Report on the use of IAPT services’ is published annually and presents a picture of activity in IAPT services and of the people that used them. The report published both national data and local CCG data broken down to reports on recovery data per condition, including OCD.

Last week NHS Digital (the new name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)l) published the new and their fourth annual report of IAPT data for the 2015/16 period. We will once again review it and summarise on it in our next OCD-UK members magazine and on this website, however for those interested in stats, here is the top line from the report ( for all conditions treated, not just OCD):

Article posted on: Mon, 24/10/2016 - 10:32pm Read more...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD

Professor Paul Salkovskis

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

During OCD Awareness Week we have heard some honest and candid stories from some brave people, some of whom have commented that they know they will always have to live with OCD. So we asked an OCD specialist to talk to us about recovery and if people will always have OCD. Professor Paul Salkovskis shares his view...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD: Recovery, Cure, Resolution or just learning to live with it?
By Professor Paul Salkovskis (Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science, Department of Psychology, University of Bath).

For OCD Awareness week 2016, I have tried to briefly tackle this tough issue at the request of OCD-UK. This is just a short piece written quickly, so please forgive me for the various things I have undoubtedly left out, and for the misunderstanding which may arise from my clumsy phrasing. 

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:31pm Read more...

CBT and Me: Learning to live with my dark thoughts

CBT & Me: Learning to live with my dark thoughts is a blog written by Nick Arnold and recently published on the BBC Three website. This blog is a fantastic piece of writing that explains his journey of discovery that OCD is not just about being a neat freak and his experience of CBT treatment at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT). A blog that is well worth a read, especially if you are new to dealing with OCD.

Article posted on: Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:48am Read more...

Your Right to Choose - NHS Mental Health Treatment Provider

In April 2014, the then coalition government established legislation for people with mental health conditions to have the same legal right as those with physical health conditions to choose their health care provider.

The NHS stated that patients in England have the legal right to choose any clinically appropriate mental health provider that has a contract with any Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England for the service required.

Partly because of the way the NHS England guidance was interpreted by many different health professionals and NHS services, the legislation is not something that has been widely publicised or is known about.

As we first reported to OCD-UK members in the last member’s magazine, we have been speaking with NHS England's 'Patient Choice' team to clarify the legislation and how people seeking treatment for OCD or BDD can implement it.

At the moment when a patient requires treatment they are automatically referred (or they can sometimes self-refer) to their local service within the same CCG area that they are registered with a GP. For the majority of people that will be fine, and travel restrictions may mean they can only access local services anyway. However, for others where travel is not restrictive, there may be occasions where they may wish to be referred to a different NHS service for their treatment.

Article posted on: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 1:48pm Read more...

Reclaiming travel costs for NHS treatment

Did you know that if you are referred for NHS specialist treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor or other health professional that you may be eligible to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)?

Reasonable travel costs will usually be considered public transport (cheapest tickets, so not first class) or if driving, the mileage rate used by your local CCG. You may also be able to reclaim unavoidable parking, toll or congestion charges. Taxi costs are not usually eligible for reimbursement, so would need to be agreed in advance.

The ability to reclaim travel costs is perhaps most helpful for those that have to travel out of their local area to attend specialist OCD treatment at one of the national OCD clinics in London or Bristol, but you may also be eligible to reclaim travel costs for OCD treatment at other locations. It's important that the cost of travel does not become a barrier to quality treatment, so please do reclaim your travel expenses if you are eligible.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 11:47am Read more...

Nottinghamshire Recovery College Course - Living well with obsessions and compulsions

We are delighted to have partnered with Nottinghamshire Recovery College to run a brand new course ‘Living well with obsessions and compulsions’ which is aimed at helping people with OCD or and helping people understand the differences between OCD and everyday obsessions. The new six-week course will begin at the Nottinghamshire Recovery College in June and will be co-facilitated by OCD-UK trustee Nick Marlow.   

Article posted on: Mon, 16/05/2016 - 1:42pm Read more...

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