Uni of Bath helps set up new OCD treatment centre
Experts from the University of Bath are helping to set up a new specialist centre of excellence for the treatment of OCD and other forms of anxiety.
The new centre will be launched through a partnership between the university and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust.
The Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems will focus on assessment, treatment, training and research for psychological problems such as OCD, phobias, panic attacks, obsessional hoarding and other anxiety-related problems.
It will also offer help with anxiety and psychological problems suffered by people who are physically ill, as well as well as treatment for some severe mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder.
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Based in South Bristol, the centre aims to meet a gap by providing highly specialist evidence-based treatment which reduces the need for patients to travel long distances to national centres which are mostly in London.
For many problems it will offer intensive treatments over a period of between a few days and two weeks, allowing rapid resolution.
Professor Paul Salkovskis, who is professor of clinical psychology and applied science at the university, will be clinical director.
He said: “It is very exciting that the university and AWP have forged such strong links for the benefit of people with this type of mental health problem, which carries with it a huge burden of disability.
“Although effective treatment has been possible for some time, it has not been available at the level of expertise required by the most seriously affected. These are unnecessary illnesses which the clinic will be able to deal with, improving quality of life for sufferers.”
Kylie Cloke from the Swindon branch of the national charity OCD UK welcomed the new centre.
A formal launch event will take place early later this year.