Persistent Physical Symptoms Research and Treatment Unit

Location: Maudsley Hospital
Mode: Outpatient, outreach
Referrals are accepted from: GP’s, Consultants, Community Health Teams, Self-funded referrals

Key areas: Persistent Physical Symptoms


We are an internationally recognised service providing assessment and evidence-based treatment for persistent physical symptoms (PPS). Our expertise includes chronic symptoms in long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms. We treat a range of conditions including:

  • Persistent physical symptoms
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic physical symptoms and disability in long term conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Non-cardiac chest pain
  • Dysfunctional breathing
  • Chronic pain

We pride ourselves in our ability to engage with people who have complex and sometimes long-standing difficulties. We can treat people with significant disability and those suffering from co-morbid depression or anxiety.

Our goal is to increase the person’s functioning, improve quality of life and well-being, reduce the severity of their fatigue and facilitate a return to work or education. Our treatment is time limited, focuses on recovery and aims to help people develop skills and feel empowered to manage their problems independently. Our service has evolved in collaboration with service user organisations and we use measures of functioning to assess improvement.

In addition, we provide a home-based service for people who are housebound. This may include a home-based assessment and treatment sessions carried out at the person’s home.

We also a family-based service for adolescents aged 11-18 years (please visit our CAMHs service directory for more detail:

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