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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...

Effective treatment for an unnecessary illness

Prof Paul Salkovskis

Effective Treatment for an Unnecessary Illness: Where's mine?

In previous themes in OCD Awareness Week, it has been shown that OCD is a devastating and destructive problem which causes massive damage to the quality of life of both sufferers and those closest to them. It has been pointed out that, far from being an incurable disease, OCD can be eliminated with the right treatment delivered properly and with care and respect for the sufferer. We have summarised this by indicating that OCD is an UNNECESSARY DISEASE. This fact is recognised in various places, but perhaps most notably in the NICE guidelines for the identification and treatment of OCD published in 2005:

Now, this should be really good news because providers of NHS treatments are supposed to both share this information regarding best practice with service users and follow such guidelines unless the service user wishes to consider other options for their treatment once they have been informed of the options.

Article posted on: Tue, 24/07/2012 - 10:59am Read more...

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