UK Pilot Trauma Project urgently needs support from Action Research Graduate or Student

Posted by Anna Betz.

We are a small team of three health professionals and a project lead working on a pilot project in Brighton that starts on 1st October. The aim of the project is to develop an innovative care pathway for those with underlying PTSD and EUPD.

We will be working with 200 patients over 2 years (100 patients per year). They will have suffered previous complex trauma and are suffering from ongoing chronic pain and undiagnosed health problems. In terms of mental health, they do not fit into the brief intervention psychological model used by local Wellbeing Services or the more medicalised model of ATS meaning the burden of their illness rests in Primary Care or A&E more often moving from one crisis to another.

The complex interplay between their mental and physical health means the patients are not able to engage in steps to help their own recovery including accessing beneficial social interventions and this gives unsatisfactory outcomes for both patients and health professionals. They will have been referred to us by their primary care doctor/GP.

We aim to co-produce health with the patients and involved stakeholders like primary care, natural therapists and local groups and to expand existing programs by adding non-pharmacological treatments like TRE, physical therapies, yoga, as well as dietary and lifestyle approaches to allow this hard-to-reach group to break the vicious cycle that these patients are in. In the long run the hope is that by co-creating with participants an effective portfolio of self-care, this will enable them to keep well after their involvement in the programme without repeatedly accessing a health care system that cannot manage their presentation. This would then naturally reduce the burden on primary and secondary care.

Unfortunately we dont have a lot of funds left to dedicate to research. Using the project for research has been an afterthought and thus not included in the project funding.
However, if it could serve as someone’s research focus for their degree, we could certainly pay for their expenses and a small mutually agreed fee.

The pathway through the programme would follow this process:

Step 1 Assessment with Mental health professional and co-creation of personalised programme.
Step 2 Offer options including TRE (Tension Release Exercises), a somatic body based practice for people suffering with stress, anxiety, trauma or PTSD,
Step 3 Combination of different modalities designed to help develop de-medicalised self-care and maintenance of health and wellbeing. This will look at developing social connection through group narrative work, dance groups or “Deep Time” programme (facilitated walks and outdoor nature-based activity). There will be a combination of acupuncture and yoga to help chronic pain or difficulty relaxing and sleeping. There will be a strong focus on diet and exercise.

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