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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...

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...

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...

Relapse after successful treatment - NICE recommendation

For residents in England and Wales, where the NICE Guidelines are applicable, there is a small, but helpful recommendation which those that have had CBT previously but later relapsed may find helpful. All NHS Trusts are expected to adhere to the NICE Guidelines, so this quote from Page 22 (Discharge after recovery) of the NICE Quick reference guide for OCD could be incredibly helpful for some with OCD.

Article posted on: Wed, 03/10/2012 - 3:50pm 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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