I lead a team of cognitive behaviour therapists that specialise in anxiety disorders at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) at the Maudsley Hospital (pictured above) and at the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU) at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.
There are various referral routes to the service, which depend on your GP’s registered address. For local areas (see below) we can receive a referral from the IAPT – Increasing Access to Psychological Services service after they have screened you. People who live in Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham can be referred as part of the IAPT service. However please note the specific referral routes as below:
Lambeth: If you reside, and have a GP registered in, Lambeth you can self-refer, or ask your GP to refer you to the Lambeth IAPT Service. This referral will then be triaged to decide the most appropriate type of assessment and treatment and where this can be carried out (which will include our Centre). You will need to ask for a referral to us. For more details please contact the Lambeth office on 020 3228 6747.
Lewisham: As above but you should contact the Lewisham office on 020 3049 2000 for more information.
Southwark: As above but you should contact the Southwark office on 020 3228 2194 or 2195 for more information
Rest of England: The last coalition Government introduced the legal right for GPs and patients to choose who provides their out-patients’ mental health care, just as they can when a patient is suffering from a physical illness. This is outlined in the document “Choice in Mental Health” published by NHS Improvement who are responsible for regulation of patient choice https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/choice-mental-health/
The only funding requests that legitimately cannot be referred by a GP are:
- those that do not follow a typical package of care (e.g. require in-patient care), and
- those that are not clinically appropriate (e.g. require patient to be under the care of a local CMHT or social services, due to e.g. risk of suicide, self-neglect).
In these cases, it is not clinically appropriate for a GP to refer that patient to our service. In this case the patient is likely to require a CMHT and a Funding Panel to approve funding for assessment or treatment. Our outpatient clinic offers primary, secondary and tertiary care interventions. Primary and secondary care interventions are eligible for patient choice.
- Primary Care
This care package offers a psychological therapy and no consultant involvement. This is the equivalent of IAPT and does not include severe or complex cases. Such referrals are allowed under Patient Choice and GP referral with automatic funding. A GP and patient may decide they wish to go to a different provider even if a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a block contract with a local IAPT service. No medical advice is provided at this level. As an alternative, you can ask your GP to refer you to your local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) or in many cases you can self-refer to that service. To find your nearest IAPT service please visit www.iapt.nhs.uk. The IAPT programme offers Cognitive Behaviour Treatment for less complex cases.
- Secondary Care
Here a patient with more severe symptoms may require a more experienced therapist and need medication advice. Again, this can be accessed under Patient Choice by a GP without the need to go to a Funding Panel. Here our clinic acts as the secondary care provider. Again, under Patient Choice it is not relevant if a CCG has a care pathway with a block contract for a local CMHT or an Integrated Psychological Therapy services if the GP and patient decide they wish to go to a different provider.
- Tertiary Care
This is only accessible by a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and requires an individual funding request to the CCG (or some CCGs have a block contract). This is suitable for patients with severe and complex symptoms who need to remain under the care of their local CMHT whilst receiving treatment through our clinic.
- Tertiary Care: Nationally funded Highly Specialised Service for severe treatment resistant Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
This is a national service funded by NHS England (does not require direct CCG funding) for eligible patients with severe, treatment resistant OCD and BDD. Patients with OCD or BDD must fulfil certain criteria for severity and failed previous treatments with medication (at least two trials of a SSRIs and augmentation at adequate dose and duration) and at least two adequate trials of CBT.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Blake Stobie on 02032283590 should you wish to discuss a referral to our service under any of these options.
ADRU is a service, where patients with complex and severe symptoms of anxiety come to stay with us for 3 to 4 months. As this is a specialist tertiary care service, you can only be referred by your Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
Funding can be provided either (1) by an individual funding request to the CCG. This is suitable for patients with severe and complex symptoms who need to remain under the care of their local CMHT after receiving treatment through our unit.
(2) by funding through the Highly Specialised Service for severe treatment resistant Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). This is a national service funded by NHS England (and does not require direct CCG funding) for eligible patients with severe, treatment resistant OCD and BDD. Patients with OCD or BDD must fulfil certain criteria for severity and failed previous treatments with medication (at least two trials of a SSRIs and augmentation at adequate dose and duration) and at least two adequate trials of CBT.
For either route, you need to be referred by your CMHT.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Anna Smith on 0203228 4146 should you wish to discuss a referral to our service under any of these options.
Private admission to ADRU: It is possible to be admitted privately to ADRU. You receive exactly the same treatment as NHS patients.
Admission to ADRU from Europe: In theory, we can admit patients funded by your health commissioner in the European Economic Area. You will need to obtain a S2 form (or old name E112), which entitles you to treatment in the state-funded sector in another European Economic Area (EEA) country. Treatment will be provided under the same conditions of care and payment as residents of the UK. In the UK, care is free at the point of delivery, so you are not required to pay any treatment costs upfront.
To obtain an S2 form, you will need to apply to your local health commissioner for their written agreement to recommend funding for treatment. In making this decision, your local commissioner will need to be satisfied that your mental health team has recommended that you are treated at our service, and that a full clinical assessment has been carried out to demonstrate that the treatment will meet your specific needs. It may be helpful for you to have a screening assessment with our service for us to provide our recommendation as we will need to be satisfied that you need treatment and that we can provide it. It may help funding if you have failed treatment locally or that your local services cannot provide such a service. The commissioner will also want to know the costs of sending you abroad for treatment are justified against their responsibilities for spending money efficiently and fairly, in the interest of all the patients in your area.
If your commissioner agrees that you should come to us for treatment, they will advise you on the issuing of the S2 form. You will need to take this form with you to our service in order for us to claim fees for treatment.
Procedure for CADAT or ADRU
Once we have received the referral for an assessment, we will write to you and the referrer to advise you that you have been placed on our waiting list. We will write to you again in due course inviting you to contact the Centre so that we can offer you a choice of appointment dates. Specialist services such as ours may have a waiting list, but we do endeavour to offer you a choice of appointment within 11 weeks of the date of the authorised referral. You are likely to be assessed by a member of my team, who will discuss the outcome of the assessment with me and the rest of the team. We will discuss with you any research trials that we are conducting.
Assessment at CADAT or ADRU:
Once you have accepted an appointment you will be sent out some rather lengthy, but very important questionnaires covering different aspects of your problem. It is essential that you complete these prior to the assessment and bring them with you. You will also of course receive a map and directions to the Maudsley or the Bethlem Royal Hospital. We do expect that if for any reason you are unable to attend on the day you let us know, preferably in advance. If you miss the appointment, but require another, there may be a lengthy delay as you will go back to the end of the list.
When you come for the assessment appointment this is a rather tiring and lengthy process and usually takes about 2 hours. Sometimes it can take longer in which case we may need to ask you to come back. You will be asked very detailed questions about your problems. It is important that we get a very clear understanding of your problems in order to establish what kind of help you may need. We prefer to video or audiotape our assessments, which is good practice as it means we can be sure we all carry out our assessments to a high standard. It also means that other members of the team can be involved in discussion about your care. However a video or audiotape can only be done with your consent.
We will not make a decision about what is the best way to proceed on the day. We will consider your case and discuss it with the team, and aim to let you know within a couple of weeks.
We will write back to your referrer after we have completed the assessment and made decisions about your care. We have a policy whereby if you wish to be copied in on letters we are happy to do so with your signed consent.
If we feel we are able to help you with your problems there is normally a wait of 1-3 months before we are able to start your therapy (either as an out-patient or at the residential unit). This is due to the high national demand for this service.
We would offer suggestions to your referrers about your care in the meantime, if this is appropriate.
If, at assessment, we do not feel we are able to help you then we tell you the reasons for this and make suggestions as to what would seem more helpful ways for you to proceed towards getting help with your problems.
Written referrals can be made to me:
Professor David Veale
Tel: 020 3228 2101
Fax: 020 3228 5215
(2) Residential Unit
Professor David Veale
Telephone: 020 3228 4146
Fax: 020 3228 4051