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iATTP Festive Wishes

The iATTp (Investigation of Attention Training Technique for people with Psychosis) team created wonderful festive cards which were sent out in December to all participants and referrers who have been involved with the study. Created in collaboration with Astrid Johnson who had previously designed the leaflets, posters and thank you cards for the study, the festive cards provided an opportunity to wish everyone involved a happy festive period and also an update on when the team would next be in touch. With many participants who have now completed their final follow-up appointments, their next contact will be through a newsletter in the springtime which will inform them of where the team are with the study and information about the dissemination event which will discuss the outcome of...


iATTp Recruitment open: Investigation of Attention Training Technique for people who experience psychosis

iATTp Recruitment, According to previous research, people who have experiences that can be described as psychosis, such as hearing voices or having beliefs that others do not seem to share, may have unhelpful patterns of thinking that pull at their attention. People can get locked into this self-focused attention which may reinforce and maintain these experiences.   Attention Training Technique has emerged in the literature as an intervention that can be effective in treating difficulties such as generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The current research aims to investigate whether this intervention is also helpful for people with experiences of psychosis.   What is Attention Training Technique? Developed by Professor Adrian Wells in 1990 for use in Metacognitive Therapy, Attention Training Technique involves active listening and focusing...

y-QUIT: a resource to support people experiencing psychosis who want to stop smoking.

This is the latest addition to the RIGHT FROM THE START set of resources aiming to equip service users and families with better information and confidence to seek help about physical health from the earliest opportunity.   Why do this? Some people who experience psychosis may face a future affected not only by psychological difficulties but also by poor physical health. Smoking is a common concern – 60% of people experiencing psychosis for the first time are smokers, and 4-5 times more likely to smoke than their peers not experiencing psychosis. Supporting people with early psychosis to improve their health and fitness can help avoid future poor health. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to do this:   Helps people become fitter and avoid future physical...

A blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness

The Lancet Psychiatry Commission a blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness, will be launched at the 19th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 21, 2019.   Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Colleagues Dr Rebekah Carney (from The Youth Mental Health Research Unit) and Dr David Shiers (Psychosis Research Unit) are contributing authors in the latest The Lancet Psychiatry Commission. Dr Rebekah Carney, Youth Mental Health Research Unit: Dr David Shiers, Psychosis Research Unit:   People with mental illness have an increased risk of physical disease, as well as reduced access to adequate health care. Physical-health disparities are observed across all mental illnesses in all countries. The high rate of physical comorbidity, which often has poor clinical management, reduces life expectancy for...

CBT for Psychosis e-Learning Resource Launched!

We are pleased to announce that we have launched an e-learning resource for cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) for psychosis in collaboration with Health Education England, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Manchester. The resource provides training materials and role-play videos to enhance training in the formulation-based approach to CBT that we have been developing for over twenty years. CLICK HERE The development of the e-learning resource was driven by a need to improve access to quality CBT for psychosis. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE CG178 in the clinical guidelines for the treatment of adults  and young people NICE 155 with psychosis. In order to improve access to evidence-based treatments, NHS England introduced an access...