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Covid trauma clinic at UCLan urges GPs to up referrals

Posted on - 16th June, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News, UCLan
The UCLan campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
UCLan’s campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

A team of psychologists and therapists from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is calling for GPs to sign up to work with a free trauma clinic.

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The clinic uses the well-documented EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

The UCLan Psychological Support Hub, which gained traction last year when it opened its doors to frontline workers affected by the pandemic, is now keen to build on its success by encouraging GPs to connect and refer patients.

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UCLan’s EMDR therapy service already works with a GP surgery in Kirkham, Lancashire, as well as taking direct referrals through its website for Covid-19 related trauma patients.

It is staffed by a team of experienced professionals from the School of Psychology and Computer Science and the School of Community Health and Midwifery at UCLan.

Professor Jane L. Ireland from UCLan’s School of Psychology and Computer Science and one of the Clinical Leads for the Psychological Support Hub said: “The NHS is under a lot of pressure to provide mental health support and our service can help to relieve some of this.

“Our trauma service has worked with more than 200 patients and the feedback we’ve had has been phenomenal. We’ve helped Armed Forces veterans, ex-offenders, people dealing with birth and grief trauma and, of course, people directly or indirectly suffering because of Covid.

“We’re now at a stage where we’re ready to work with more GPs and increase the number of patient referrals.”

EMDR therapy has received a lot of publicity recently due to Prince Harry revealing he has used it to deal with his own trauma.

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It is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

It works by preventing difficult memories from causing distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

One client of the UCLan Psychological Support Hub said: “I can say without the therapy, I do not know where I would be today. I was in a dark place before the therapy but the therapy brought me to where I am today.

“I can now go out and I can mix with others, which was for a very long time impossible for me to do. My nights are now a lot calmer. I can only say the biggest thank you to you, from the heart of me.”

Medical practitioners wanting to learn more about working with the UCLan Psychological Support Hub can do so by contacting psychologicalsupport@uclan.ac.uk 

People who would like to refer themselves to the Hub for Covid-19 related trauma can do so via the UCLan Psychological Support Hub website.



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