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Mental Health Trauma

We are delighted to announce as part of our Mental Health Trauma workstream, letters of intention for funding have been sent to Major Trauma Centre’s (MTCs) to pilot for two years, the integrated model of care for physical and psychological trauma care which can be then stepped up when a major incident occurs.

This model is focused on appropriate psychological capacity and capability in MTCs through a Trauma Psychology Team that enables early identification, psychological formulation and interventions and the active outreach post discharge supporting patients to specialist and/or informal services when needed.

When major incidents occur, this model of care will need to be stepped up in terms of capacity and coordination to respond to the increased demand in the MTCs in relation to victims, witnesses and staff that have been impacted by the incident.

A Psychology Clinical Working Group had been established to develop a pathway of care based on best practice and evidence-based guidelines. This work was also supported by a Mental Health Trauma Steering Group consisting of senior leads from the London Violence Reduction Programme, MTC Clinical Directors, MH Trusts, and colleagues with experience leading psychological responses to Major Incidents and EPRR. A capacity and demand model was developed to understand the resource requirements required for each MTC to deliver the model. Non recurrent funding was obtained to pilot and evaluate the model, to help understand impact, share learning, and help make a case for future sustainability.

An expressions of interest process is also now live for MTCs and their partner MH Trusts – (deadline 25th November)- to work together to submit a proposal to host the Pan London Shared Resource (MH Trauma Psychology lead, administrator and regional analyst) that will support the implementation of the Trauma pilots and lead the pan London development of MI MH response pathways working with local leads across ICS’s.

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