Psychological Interventions Clinic for outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP)

Location: Maudsley Hospital or at team base if possible (Lewisham and Croydon)
Mode: Outpatient
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant psychiatrists, GP consortia, mental health professionals or self-referrals (for self-funded patients)

Key areas: Delusions, hallucinations, psychosis, or emotional problems in the context of a history of psychosis

Overview

Our service offers CBT and Family Interventions for people with distressing positive symptoms of psychosis (including those with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder), like delusions and hallucinations, or those with a history of psychosis whose main difficulties are secondary emotional problems; but not for those who have predominantly negative symptoms, learning disabilities, are not distressed or do not want help. Our service is psychology-led, headed by international, clinical and academic experts.

PICuP is part of the Recovery pathway of the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG). It is also one of the two national demonstration sites for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness (IAPT for SMI) project which aims to increase access to psychological therapies for psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.

For more information please visit:http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/smi-/

To view our video please visit:https://vimeo.com/user2051960/review/142126508/56e6bcfd3f

To view our presentations please visit: http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/smi-/smi-demonstration-sites-open-days-2013/

We strive to:

  • Treat people with dignity and view our service users as experts in their own experiences
  • Place no pressure on people to change their view of the world and  always work collaboratively with them towards achieving their goals
  • Include families, carers and other mental health professionals involved in the person’s care, if the patient wishes to
  • Disseminate knowledge and skills to other mental health professionals through training and supervision, both in the UK and overseas
  • Work towards improved quality of life for people with psychosis through clinical research and audits
  • Aim to increase access to psychological therapies for psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorders

Peer Support and Involvement

Peer Support at PICuP is aimed at providing an extra line of support for people referred to PICuP enabling them to attend their appointment.

This includes:

  • Recruiting and training volunteers who have had recent experience of receiving therapy at PICuP to support people who may be anxious about travelling alone to attend therapy by accompanying them to their sessions.
  • Peer Supporters are also available to share their experience of therapy at PICuP with anyone who may be anxious or curious about what is involved in therapy.

Please contact Angela.Morford@slam.nhs.uk for more information.

Training and Consultancy

We provide a range of continuous professional development packages, both in the UK and overseas. We also offer workshops and customised training packages for mental health professionals working with people with psychosis who require further training in general CBT as well as CBT for psychosis. Please contact Majella.Byrne@slam.nhs.uk for more information.

These include:

›› In-house group supervision

›› Outreach supervision groups

›› Full-day and half-day workshops

›› Outreach customised training packages

Group supervision is aimed at therapists already trained in CBT or family intervention who want to develop specialist skills in CBT or family intervention for psychosis. Therapists can work with some of our patients and receive free fortnightly supervision at our clinic. We also run outreach groups for supervision of therapists’ own patients, which cost £300. Supervision will be held at the clinicians’ team base, or can be run through video-conferencing facilities for therapists working outside of London or overseas.

We also offer workshops and customised training packages for mental health professionals working with people with psychosis who require further training in general CBT as well as CBT for psychosis, at a negotiated fee.

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