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NHS and Health

News and stories about NHS and health.

Antipsychotic augmentation in SSRI treatment refractory OCD

In 2006, the National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) recommended anti-psychotics as a class for SSRI treatment resistant OCD. Since then there as been much discussion and controversy around the effectiveness of anti-psychotics medications for the treatment of OCD, with one research project suggesting they were ineffective, faring little better than a placebo.

In a more recent research trial led by Dr David Veale, a research trial aimed to systematically review and conduct a meta-analysis on the clinical effectiveness of atypical anti-psychotics augmenting an SSRI. Two studies found aripiprazole and risperidone can for some be effective in the short-term for those who failed to respond to previous treatment with CBT and SSRI medications. The trial found that risperidone and aripiprazole can be used cautiously at a low dose as an augmentation agent in non-responders to SSRIs and CBT but should be monitored at 4 weeks to determine efficacy.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 3:35pm

Perinatal OCD: New intensive CBT service at CADAT

Dr Challacombe presenting at OCD-UK conference

The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) known to many as the Maudsley, is both a local and a national specialist service for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. They are now offering intensive CBT for women with OCD who are pregnant or who are in the first postnatal year. For those women who fit this criteria, the OCD may have developed during this time or be more longstanding OCD.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 3:07pm

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP - Conference letter of support

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP

Earlier this month we successfully hosted our annual conference in Nottingham. We were delighted to receive this generous letter of support from the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, the Minister of State for Care and Support who has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001.

I wish you every success with the National OCD Conference 2014 – Nottingham.  Over two days delegates will have the chance to hear some inspirational speakers:  not just clinicians on the front line of pioneering research and practice; but also, people and families struggling to live with and recover from OCD, who continue to inspire us with their courage and perseverance.

This conference is a chance to learn from the best, to turn research into daily practice and recognise the key role of professionals, people with OCD, and families in designing and delivering change across the health and care system.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/11/2014 - 2:52pm

Nurse awarded £75k compensation after developing OCD at work

Following a recent Daily Mail news story that a nurse had been awarded £75k in compensation from her former employer, Whipps Cross NHS Trust, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the severity that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can have on a person that suffers.

Article posted on: Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:28am

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

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

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


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