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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

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

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

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

Personal Independence Payment (PIP): assessment thresholds and consultation

The Department for Work and Pensions

By Catherine Mills, vice-chair OCD-UK.

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare and pension policy, which is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers

In January 2012 the Department for Work and Pensions issued a consultation document which outlined in more detail, the assessment criteria for the new Personal Independence Payment which will replace Disability Living Allowance from 2013. The full document can be viewed at on the Department for Work and Pensions website here.

The following comments were fedback to the DWP by OCD-UK.

Article posted on: Wed, 02/05/2012 - 5:37pm

IAPT programme grabs other NHS mental health funding

Pulse is a news website that publishes stories on the NHS.

The headline-grabbing rollout of the Government's flagship Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) psychological therapies programme has not been funded by new money and comes at the expense of existing mental health initiatives, PULSE revealed this week.

Pulse is a news website that publishes stories on the NHS, primary care and the latest clinical developments.

Projected figures for mental health funding from 60 PCTs shows that GPs face a shrinking choice of services to which they can refer patients, with overall funding flat as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) rollout continues.

Article posted on: Thu, 19/04/2012 - 2:25pm

Downing Street rules out significant changes to NHS reforms

Downing Street has ruled out "significant changes" to government NHS reforms following their rejection by Liberal Democrat members.

Delegates at the party's spring conference voted at the weekend not to support a "damaging and unjustified" shake-up of health services in England which includes axing primary care trusts (PCT) and strategic health authorities.

No 10 said it would not make large changes to the proposals, but added they could be amended by Parliament.

Article posted on: Tue, 15/03/2011 - 4:38am


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