Department of Psychology

Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems

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— University of Bath and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust has been working closely with the University of Bath for some time now to develop a unique new Assessment, Treatment, Training and Research Centre which will provide, on a regional and national basis, expert and highly specialist services for a range of psychological problems. We are pleased to say that this has now been agreed, and is now accepting NHS referrals.

The Clinic

This clinic will draw upon existing expertise in AWP and the extensive skills of the University of Bath Team, led by Professor Paul Salkovskis, formerly Clinical Director of the Maudsley Hospital Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma and other senior colleagues from the University who were formerly responsible for the delivery of high quality psychological treatment services. This nationally and internationally renowned group and their colleagues are able to deliver the highest quality psychological assessment and treatment services at the cutting edge of knowledge and understanding of the nature and treatment of a range of psychological problems and psychological aspects of physical health issues. Options for such treatments include the management and therapy of people with severe and complex problems, with carefully individualised “state of the art” NICE compliant protocols. A major feature of the clinic will be its ability to offer also bespoke programmes for those who have not benefitted from more usual approaches, requiring either more complex or intensive interventions (where treatment is concentrated into a few days). Staff at this new centre will include leaders and innovators in both clinical treatment and research and the delivery of such programmes in ways appropriate to people experiencing high levels of psychological distress.

Referrals

We will welcome referrals of people experiencing a wide range of difficulties for assessment and assessment and treatment, including, but not confined to:

  • People whose main problem is an anxiety disorder
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Hoarding
    • Social Phobia
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
    • Social phobia.
  • People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders complicated by an Anxiety Disorder
  • Health Anxiety
  • Psychological problems associated with physical ill health
  • People experiencing psychosis or suspected psychosis

Aims

We will work closely with service users and, as appropriate, other professionals and carers, to help people overcome the problems arising from their mental health problems, and in many instances the problems themselves. Our aims will be to improve quality of life and help people with mental health difficulties re-integrate with their social and other networks and recover and achieve their various aspirations.

We will provide cutting edge Assessments and Treatments within a broad and flexible Cognitive Behavioural framework. For many of the Care Packages, the treatments have been developed by members of the team and are known to be very effective on the basis of Randomised Controlled Trials. All care packages are offered with high levels of quality control, including supervision and, in the case of treatment, appropriate outcome assessments. All of our therapists will receive clinical supervision to ensure the quality of our therapy. There is input from people with personal experience of mental health problems and its treatment to advise us on service provision and the research which forms part of our work. In addition to direct care, the team will be able to offer other specialist services to health focussed organisations, including specialist training with or without follow up supervision, individual or group supervision, research and service consultancy and research supervision and collaboration.