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90 Minute Workshop Series

Planting seeds - Growing awareness and developing services for complex dissociative disorders in an NHS mental health Trust


In this workshop, Louise, Rebecca and Ruth present an overview of one mental health Trust’s journey in working to improve services for people with trauma related dissociation. Driven by a local Trauma CQUIN and also supported by the Trust’s Delegated Commissioning service, Surrey and Borders NHS Partnership Foundation Trust have been developing their pathways for trauma-related complex dissociative disorders. This has included developing and rolling out of Trust-wide staff training packages, and developing pathways for consultation, assessment and therapy provision. The presenters will outline the strategy that the Trust has developed, the outcomes and evaluation of the work undertaken so far, and will share some of the challenges they have encountered along the way.

Louise Harriss, Rebecca Andrew and Ruth Cureton

Biography: Dr Louise Harriss
Louise is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in NHS secondary care adult mental health services for the past 25 years, as well as in private practice for the last 10 years. She specialises in working with complex trauma, is an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and a CAT (Cognitive Analytic) Therapist.

Louise led a two year Trauma CQUIN within Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust which focussed on developing staff training in complex trauma and dissociation and in establishing a strategy for trauma-related dissociation. She currently works as a locality lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Berkshire Health Foundation Trust.

Biography: Dr Rebecca Andrew

Rebecca is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in NHS secondary care adult mental health services and private practice for the past 18 years. She is currently leading on the implementation of the trust strategy for trauma-related dissociation, focusing on DID, within Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust. She previously led psychology services with Early Intervention in Psychosis, where she took an interest in increasing awareness of the links between trauma and psychosis. She is a BABCP accredited supervisor and trainer.

Biography: Dr Ruth Cureton

Ruth is a retired GP who now works part-time as a Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for a CCG.

Her career, around family commitments, includes 20 years in General Practice; 10 years in the Voluntary Sector supporting recovery for adult survivors of childhood neglect, trauma and abuse and volunteering as a trustee for a number of charities working in similar fields.

Ruth speaks on recovery from childhood neglect, trauma and abuse from both lived experience and professional perspectives, with the goals of raising awareness of the consequences and improving the journey of recovery for fellow survivors.