Our remit of work is to assist with research relevant to a wide range of NHSCT Psychological Services including

The IMPACT Research Centre plays a key role in facilitating research in these service areas and, in particular, specialises in research on trauma, psychosis and older adults. If you have a research idea that you would be interested in working on with us on we would be happy to hear from you.

  • Psychological Therapies Service:

    Provides a choice of evidence-based talking therapies in an outpatient setting to individuals aged over 18 years. The service receives between 2000-2500 referrals per year for psychological intervention and consultation for individuals with moderate-to-severe mental health problems.

  • Acute Mental Health Psychology Service:

    The service was established in 2016 and aims to promote psychologically informed inpatient care which enhances client coping skills and stabilisation.

  • STEP: Service, Treatment, Education and Prevention (STEP)

    (STEP) service is a new secondary prevention service in the NHSCT for young people which aims to prevent psychotic disorders.  Service users are between 14 and 35 years of age and at risk of developing a psychotic disorder (such as schizophrenia).

  • Psychology of Older People’s Service:

    The specialist Psychology of Older People Service (POPS) aims to provide a psychological assessment and therapeutic service to older adults with dementia and functional mental illness.

  • Memory Service:

    Aims to offer timely differential diagnosis and improve quality of care in dementia.  Timely diagnosis offers advantages for the person which include; better adjustment, slowing of progression, making choices and planning ahead.

  • Dementia Home Support Team (DHST):

    This service is offered to people with a diagnosis of dementia who are resident at home, in care homes or acute inpatient care.  The service aims to reduce unnecessary prolonged stay in acute mental health hospital; prevent breakdown of care home placement or; prevent admission to care home for people living at home who present with Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

  • Clinical Health Psychology:

    Provides for adults 18+ who have cancer or long term physical health conditions (cardiac, diabetes, pain and respiratory), and Children/young people and their families living with diabetes. A Renal Counselling Service is also offered.

  • Brain Injury Service (BIS):

    The BIS is interdisciplinary and provides holistic assessment, rehabilitation and therapy services to people from 16 years following an acquired brain injury (ABI). The aims of BIS are to promote independence, emotional wellbeing and participation.

  • Learning Disability Clinical Psychology Services:

    A range of services are offered including ‘eligibility assessments’ which determine if a person has a learning disability and can access wider learning disability services. Support is offered to service users, their families or carers for a range of psychological difficulties including low mood, anxiety and problematic behaviour.

  • Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBSS):

    The service aims to support people with a learning disability whose behaviour presents significant challenges, by using the least restrictive approaches to enable people to maintain community placements and to lead as ordinary a life as possible.

  • Promote Service (Promoting positive mental health in learning disability):

    The Promote service is part of NHSCT’s Learning Disability Community Treatment Services (CTS) and aims to provide a specialist service to adults with a diagnosed learning disability (LD) who have additional mental health or forensic needs.

  • The Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder Service:

    The Adult ASD Service offers a Trust wide service to adults aged 18+ with difficulties consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorder (e.g. diagnostic clinics; therapeutic interventions).

  • CAMHS/CEIS:

    Clinical psychologists within the service currently provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to the children, young people, and families. They also provide specialist psychological advice and support to other professionals within the service and to other agencies through liaison, and formal Consultation.

  • Looked After and Adopted Children (LAAC):

    TT-LAAC provides a referral-based consultation and intervention service for children, their carer’s and the Social Workers who support them.

  • Neonatal Service:

    The Neonatal Clinical Psychology Service aims to provide psychological support to families and to professionals involved in the families’ care (e.g. promote attachment and bonding; treat families recovering from loss or trauma).

  • Children with Complex Physical Healthcare Needs:

    The Paediatric & Neonatal Clinical Psychology Service offers a psychological assessment and intervention service to children and young people under 18 years old with diabetes, epilepsy and complex physical healthcare needs, as well as to their families and the staff who support them. A psychological service is also offered to families with an infant on the neonatal unit, Antrim Area Hospital.

  • DABSS:

    Provides support to children and young people with severe learning disability whose behaviour reflects the significant challenges they experience on a day to day basis.

  • Paediatric ASD Service:

    The Paediatric ASD service is a multi-disciplinary team commissioned to: assess children and young people who have been referred due to concerns that they may have ASD; and to provide post diagnostic support to children and young people and families who receive a diagnosis of ASD after assessment.

  • RISE NI:

    Rise NI has been developed in partnership with the Education Authority to provide a service to all mainstream primary schools within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) area, focussing within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.  Children are viewed holistically to promote their social, emotional and behavioural development; speech, language and communication development; and sensory-motor and visual perceptual development within the primary school setting.

  • Eating Disorder Service:

    The service is commissioned to assess and provide a range of Psychological Interventions to treat patients who are over 18 years of age, diagnosed as having Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Atypical Eating Disorder (mixed picture).

  • StampED – Eating Disorder Support Group:

    This is the Northern Area eating disorder support group. StampED`s mission is to stamp out eating disorder from the lives of sufferers and their families/friends/ carers and to raise the profile of Eating Disorder and its negative impact on the sufferer and friends/family.

  • Personality Disorder Service:

    The Personality Disorder Service offers a Trust wide service to adults aged 18+ with difficulties consistent with a diagnosis of personality disorder. The service provides an evidence based therapy for people with mainly Borderline/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.

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