Finding CAT in the NHS

COVID 19 Pandemic Restrictions:

Many NHS services continue to run during the period of restrictions placed by the UK Government in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic.  However it is likely that some may be changed at this time.  For example, some NHS services will offer telephone or video contact rather than face-to-face sessions during the period of these restrictions.  We suggest you check with your local services about what is available at this time.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy is offered in many NHS services throughout the UK.  Read our post here about how to access talking therapies through referral to NHS services.

We offer links below to information and services  we are aware of (last updated in March 2020).  However we cannot guarantee the links below are up to date and strongly recommend that you contact your local services for more information. 

Please note also some Trusts and services do not list CAT in their online information even though it is on offer.  So even if your local service is not included in our listing, you can still ask your care provider about whether it is available.

The listing is in alphabetical order, by NHS Trust.

Please note that ACAT is not responsible for and cannot comment on the range, quality, and availability of CAT services offered by different NHS Trusts.

England

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust

CAT is offered within Berkshire Healthcare’s Community Mental Health Teams.  Read more at https://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/adult-healthcare/community-mental-health-team-cmht/

The model is also used within the Medically Unexplained Symptoms Service https://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/adult-healthcare/medically-unexplained-symptoms-mus/

Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation Trust

CPFT’s Liaison Psychiatry Service includes a psychological medicine service, based at Cambridge University Hospital (Addenbrookes).  This includes cognitive analytic therapy in the range of help on offer to people referred because of physical and mental health difficulties.  Read more at http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/liaison-psychiatry-service-cambridge.htm  and https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/addenbrookes-hospital/services/liaison-psychiatry-service

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

CNWL Trust’s Psychotherapy Services list CAT as one of the therapies on offer at some of their services .  Read more at the links below.

CNWL Trust’s Outpatient Eating Disorders Service includes CAT aqs one of the therapies on offer at its Kensington site, St Vincent’s Square.  Similarly, CAT is included in its satellite service at Northwick Park Mental Health Unit in Harrow for patients in Brent and Harrow. More details below

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

CAT is offered by a range of services within CNTW.

A specialist CAT therapy service is available through the Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies in Newcastle.  This is for adults who have mental health problems or difficulties in their relationships.  Referral can be arranged through “any psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, specialist nurse, Community Treatment Team or your GP.”

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

CAT is listed as one of the relational psychological therapies offered within the Devon Partnership services – https://www.dpt.nhs.uk/our-services/psychology-and-psychological-therapies/therapies-we-offer

Click here for a leaflet about Cognitive Analytic Therapy offered through Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Devon Partnership have also developed a CAT-informed Relational Discovery Model – for more information see this Positive Practice feature
http://positivepracticemhdirectory.org/adults/relational-discovery-psychological-model-culture-change-clinical-care-devon/

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

The Intensive Psychological Therapies Service (IPTS), based in Poole, offers CAT as one of its specialist therapies for people with enduring emotional and psychological mental health problems.  It has won national recognition as a model of good practice.

The IPTS webpage has links to a number of leaflets about CAT.  This includes a ‘CAT Poster’ which uses the image of a house to illustrate the process and show  how the model integrates a number of other therapeutic approaches.  These include Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT), skills based on Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Gestalt and dreamwork, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Read more at the IPTS webpage at https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/intensive-psychological-therapies-ipts

East London NHS Foundation Trust

ELFT offers CAT in a number of services, including:

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

GMMH offers CAT through a number of different services, including older adults services, the psychological therapies service and the psychotherapy service in Manchester – see information about the latter at this link https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/psychotherapy-service

In GMMH’s Salford Primary Care Psychological Service cognitive analytic therapy is offered at Steps 3 and 3+ – see more information at this link https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/salford-primary-care-psychological-therapy-service

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

CAT is offered in several services in Lancashire Care, including the Eating Disorders network, Two teams within the Eating Disorders service offer CAT, covering the areas of East Lancashire, Nelson, Preston & Chorley.

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership include CAT as one of the therapies offered through their Psychology and Psychotherapy Service.  Read more at https://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/advice-support/individual-therapies/

CAT is also listed as a second-line therapy on offer within  CONNECT West Yorkshire Eating Disorders Service – read more at https://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/connect-west-yorkshire-adult-eating-disorders-service/more-about-us-and-how-to-refer/ 

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

CAT is offered in a wide range of services within Merseycare. These include:-

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

CAT is one of the therapies offered through the Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney IAPT service in Norwich.  Find out more by contacting the service at https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/norfolk/get-support/treatment-and-talking-therapies/

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

The Cumbria Community Acquired Brain Injury Team (CABBIRT) can provide individual CAT therapy to people referred in to this service. CAT consultancy is also on offer to NHS staff teams and third sector providers working with people following acquired or traumatic brain injury.  Read more about the CABBIRT service at https://www.ncic.nhs.uk/services/brain-injury-rehabilitation

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

CAT is available in a number of Pennine Care services including those in Secondary Care in:

Additionally, CAT is offered in Healthy Minds (IAPT) services, for example in Tameside and Glossop.

Pennine Care’s Oldham Healthy Minds Service is currently recruiting people for a research study on patient preference for Guided Self Help for Anxiety – comparing cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytic therapy – click here for more information about Oldham Healthy Minds  Patient Preference Trial.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

CAT is offered in a number of services within Somerset NHS Foundation  Trust, including through community mental health teams

Types of therapy we offer

South London and Maudsley

Cognitive analytic therapy is widely available within the South London and Maudsley’s (SLaM) services. See links below for more details.

South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Wandsworth Complex Needs Team describes itself as being for people “with complex long term emotional and relationship difficulties which are not helped sufficiently by medication alone or previous psychological interventions tried in primary care, IAPT or the CMHT.”  The service notes it includes a small resource for cognitive analytic therapy for up to six months.  Read more at https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/find-a-service/service/wandsworth-complex-needs-team

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

we understand that Somerset Partnership offers CAT in a range of services. It previously pioneered offering  CAT as a Step 3 intervention in IAPT servces.

Sussex Community NHS Trust

Diabetes Care For You is an integrated service for people living with diabetes in East Sussex.  The service includes psychology and psychotherapy alongside specialist nursing,medicine, dietetics, and podiatry.  The psychology and psychotherapy component is led by a CAT psychotherapist, Jackie Fosbury.  Diabetes Care For You has been recognised as a best practice example in Diabetes UK’s 2019 report ‘Too Often Missing: Making emotional and psychological care routine in diabetes care’ – read a copy of the report by clicking on this link.

You can read an information leaflet about Diabetes Care For You by clicking on this link.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership has produced a video about cognitive analytic therapy which is published on YouTube.  You can watch it at this link.

Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Both CAT therapy and Cognitive Analytic Consultancy to teams and services are widely available throughout TEWV services. If you would like to be referred for CAT within TEWV, please discuss this with your care coordinator, lead professional or doctor.

For more information about CAT at TEWV, click on this link.

Northern Ireland

awaiting further information

Scotland

We are aware that CAT is offered in several Scottish Health Trusts, including:

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

awaiting further information

NHS Highland

CAT is offered in several locations in NHS Highland including Oban, Inverness and Lochgilphead.  For more specific enquiries, you can contact NHS Highland through their webste at this link.

NHS Lanarkshire

awaiting further information

NHS Lothian

awaiting further information

Wales

awaiting further information

If you would like your NHS Trust or service to be added to this listing, or if you have updates, please contact us with as much information as possible.

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