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National services

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National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

Psychological Interventions Clinic for outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP)


Location: 
Maudsley Hospital

Contact information:
 


PICuP
PO79, Maudsley Psychology Centre
Maudsley Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 8AZ

Call: 020 3228 3524
Email: picup@slam.nhs.uk

Mode:
 
Outpatients (some early morning or early evening appointments available)

Referrals are accepted from:
 
mental health teams or psychological therapies services (referrals will need to go through a funding panel for all clinical commission groups (CCGs) apart from South-East London CCG)

To make a referral please complete the referral form - see Referrals. Referrals need to be sent to Dorothy Abrahams, PICuP Administrator. You can email the referral form to picup@slam.nhs.uk or  slm-tr.picup@nhs.net.

Overview

Our service offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and family interventions for people with distressing positive symptoms of psychosis (including those with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder). This includes delusions and hallucinations, or those with a history of psychosis whose main difficulties are secondary emotional problems. We do not offer treatment 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 was one of the two national demonstration sites for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness (IAPT for SMI) project which aimed to increase access to psychological therapies for psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.

Watch a video about our service 


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 annis.cohen@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 and bipolar disorder who require further training in general CBT as well as CBT for psychosis and bipolar disorder.

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 (in our daytime or evening clinics) and receive free fortnightly supervision at our clinic. We also run outreach groups for supervision of therapists’ own patients, which cost £375. 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 and bipolar disorder who require further training in general CBT as well as CBT for psychosis and bipolar disorder, and family intervention at a negotiated fee.

For clinicians requiring more formalised training, please see Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience graduate and postgraduate courses (certificate and diploma) in CBT for psychosis.

Please contact  majella.byrne@slam.nhs.uk  for more information.