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BBC Radio Sussex and OCD

BBC Radio Sussex

Kick starting Mental Health Awareness Week this week, BBC Radio Sussex dedicated much of their breakfast show to OCD and the new OCD Clinic open to residents of East Sussex.

Click the audio button below to listen to BBC Sussex talk to Claire and Ashley from OCD-UK and Dr Clara Strauss from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust throughout the morning show (12/05/2014). The clips also features Lisa Rodrigues CBE, the Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership and former nurse also talking about International Nurses Day.

Article posted on: Mon, 12/05/2014 - 5:33pm Read more...

Nottingham Mental Health Services Review

Nottingham CCG

For much of 2013 and 2014, OCD-UK have been working closely with the lead for a review of OCD treatment in Nottingham commissioned by Nottingham Healthcare to ensure that treatment meets NICE recommendations. Earlier this year we supported a two-day OCD training workshop for staff, led by Professor Salkovskis, and we remain committed to supporting any project that leads to improved NHS services in Nottingham, so we are keen to promote this latest review to existing adult mental health services in Nottingham.

Article posted on: Fri, 21/03/2014 - 6:17pm Read more...

New East Sussex OCD Clinic

New NHS service - East Sussex OCD Clinic

We are delighted to report the launch of a new dedicated OCD service now available for patients that live in the East Sussex region. The new OCD Clinic is part of Health in Mind, the primary care mental health service for people in East Sussex. The clinic is available to people in East Sussex experiencing difficulties with OCD, whether the problem is mild or severe.

The clinic will offer high quality evidence-based help based on the latest research and NHS guidelines. People referred to the clinic will be offered an assessment where the clinic will discuss your difficulties with OCD and agree a treatment plan with you. You will also be offered the opportunity to sign up to a research network. This network will offer you a chance to find out about the research happening in the clinic and an optional opportunity to help researchers understand more about OCD.

Article posted on: Wed, 19/02/2014 - 2:01pm Read more...

Bedlam and ADRU

OCD Bully Statue is housed at ADRU

The unit featured on this evening's excellent Channel 4 programme, Bedlam was the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU), which is part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The ADRU unit, ably led by Simon Darnley and David Veale is a nationally funded NHS unit which provides specialist OCD and BDD treatment, and of course other anxiety problems such as habit disorder, hypochondriasis, health anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychogenic excoriation without body dysmorphic disorder, social phobia, specific phobia of vomiting, trichotillomania.

Patients routinely remain as residents Monday to Friday for about 12 weeks. Patients do need to be able to self-care without the need for nursing care as the unit is unstaffed out of hours. Each resident has their own bedroom with wash basin, on a same sex corridor.

Accessing treatment at the clinic initially needs to be made by your local psychological service

Article posted on: Thu, 31/10/2013 - 9:51pm Read more...

New research looks at the effectiveness of Risperidone over CBT

New research looks at the effectiveness of Risperidone over CBT

New research published this week (11th September) provides evidence that patients with OCD for whom SSRIs have not resolved their problem respond better when psychological treatment (CBT with ERP) is added to the SSRI antidepressant compared to those that were prescribed an augmentation of a SSRI medication and Risperidone, a form of antipsychotic drug.

These findings led researchers to conclude that patients with OCD receiving SSRIs who continue to have clinically significant symptoms should be offered CBT before antipsychotics are prescribed, especially given its superior efficacy and less negative adverse effects.

Article posted on: Thu, 12/09/2013 - 11:06pm Read more...

New hope for Tourettes Syndrome patients

Professor Stephen Jackson

Last night, Inside Out West Midlands and East Midlands broadcast a feature about pioneering new Tourette's research taking place at the University of Nottingham, and it can be viewed online via BBC iPlayer for the next week.

The research hopes to offer new hope for Young people with Tourette's Syndrome as a result of the pioneering work by Professor Stephen Jackson and his team at the University of Nottingham.

Because of the overlaps between OCD and Tourette's, where often a person with Tourette's may have co-morbid OCD symptoms, OCD-UK have been invited to participate in helping the researchers during the coming months.

Article posted on: Tue, 29/01/2013 - 7:22am Read more...

New national OCD treatment centre - Bristol

Professor Paul Salkovskis

In December OCD-UK broke the news that a unique new NHS specialist treatment centre for OCD and Anxiety is to be launched through a partnership between the University of Bath and Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust (AWP) led by OCD-UK patron, Professor Paul Salkovskis.

Since we broke the news, official details have now been confirmed about referral access to the new clinic.

Based in South Bristol the Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems aims to meet a gap in highly specialist evidence-based treatment for a range of psychological problems, in particular focusing on those patients that suffer with OCD.

Article posted on: Fri, 25/01/2013 - 7:01am Read more...

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