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We will soon be carrying out a survey to find out what service users think about their care. This is part of a national programme to improve quality of care and service users’ experience.
The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, together with our partners including local authorities and community organisations, have launched a major listening campaign to support and protect people's mental health following Covid-19.
We continue to see patients at all our sites, as well as in their homes, and have a number of measures in place to ensure our sites are Covid secure, including the wearing of face masks and coverings, deep cleaning, one-way signage and cleaning stations.
We have a responsibility to ensure that the graduating workforce is equipped to practise in changing and dynamic environments. We will ensure that we have the necessary resources to enable you to develop competence in your professionalism, knowledge and skills.
The Trust employs a part-time placement co-ordinator who has overall responsibility for the development of occupational therapy practice learning opportunities across the organisation and supporting students and PPEs during placements.
Jane Smith 07976-218718
OT Central Office Newton Building Springfield Hospital 61 Glenburnie Road London SW17 7DJ
For all placements we use university practice placement handbooks to make sure that we are aware of our responsibilities and the requirements for your placement. Practice placement educators (PPE) are also expected to attend University pre-placement briefings or access this information on-line.
We will give you a placement profile for the clinical location you have been allocated to and if possible arrange a pre-placement visit. We will also organise access to Trust IM&T systems, e-learning and libraries. We will inform you of the process to obtain your Trust ID badge, Smartcard and accommodation (if relevant)
Once the University inform you of your placement you are expected to email your PPE at least one week prior to the start date in order to introduce yourself and make arrangements to do a pre-placement visit. You can also ask any questions which will help you prepare for your placement experience. It would be useful for you to provide a summary of your learning to-date for your practice placement educator.
Please follow any instructions that your PPE gives you e.g. provide Smartcard number as this helps us save time by completing processes before you arrive.
Also, you might find it helpful to start thinking about your particular learning objectives prior to starting the placement.
You are expected to present yourself in a professional manner at all times whilst on placement, abide by the Trust values, policies and procedures and act in accordance with the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapists.
Your hours of work will be dependent on service requirements and students are expected to comply with the normal hours of work for your placement setting.
There are different ways to treating OCD.
Stepped-care model for OCD
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Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is a form of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and produces response rates of 85% in subjects who complete therapy. Patients are first required to produce a hierarchy of anxiety-inducing situations. The client then faces the feared situations or objects without performing the compulsive ritual. The objective of ERP is to produce habituation, where anxiety reduces naturally after prolonged exposure to the stimulus. A reduction in anxiety is seen within 60-90 minutes if the patient does not engage in anxiolytic behaviours. The patient works through the graded hierarchy tackling the least feared challenges first.
ERP can be delivered in a variety of forms, including self-help programs such as books, computer packages and telephone therapy. These provide a self-directed approach to overcoming OCD but with some therapist input for goal identification and early education. CBT often has long waiting lists and is demanding on therapists time. Self-help approaches have the potential to help more patients with minimal input from a clinician and may be monitored at the primary care level.
Psychological interventions for children with OCD follow similar principles as adult-based therapies. It is important to acknowledge developmental discrepancies and language ability in children. Significant emphasis should also be placed on involvement of the family.
Find out about the National OCD/BDD service provided by the Trust.
Clomipramine and the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most effective drugs in the treatment of OCD. This is due to their ability to specifically inhibit the synaptic reuptake of serotonin. Advice on prescribing for OCD
The epidemiology and aetiology of OCD.