Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.
Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.
You can read some general NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB
If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.
About the Centre
Nottinghamshire Healthcare's Trauma Service opened in 1998 under the direction of Stephen Regel [pdf] 146KB. It was opened by Terry Waite CBE, and has been providing a valuable service to the Midlands and wider community since that time.
The partnership between the Trauma Service and the University of Nottingham was created in 2006 with the appointment of Professor Stephen Joseph, creating the largest centre for therapy, consultancy, education and research dedicated to trauma in the Midlands. We offer a concentrated focus for clinical and research activities and wide ranging therapeutic expertise, and now aim to be a flagship service for the Midlands.
Since January 2014, we have also managed the Nottinghamshire Veterans' Service, which is a key partner in the Nottinghamshire Veterans' and Families' Partnership.
Serving the local and international community
The primary aim of the Centre is to serve the local community.
The 2001 census recorded a population of 284,300 in Nottingham itself, with around 750,000 people living in the surrounding conurbation. The East Midlands, including Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, give a combined population figure of 4.2 million. Based on the statistical evidence gleaned from the US and NI studies relating to the incidence of PTSD [using the lower projected figures of 8%] it is likely that in Nottinghamshire alone there will be 84,000 persons who will suffer PTSD during their lifetime; in the East Midlands region the figure would be 336,000. Research indicates that these individuals are likely to visit their GPs 30% more frequently than other clients.
Statement of Understanding with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Since 2001 the Trust has had a Statement of Understanding with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This allows the Centre to provide consultancy services to the IFRC Psychological Support Programme (PSP), hosted by the Danish Red Cross. There is a useful page of information about psychological support on the IFRC's website.
Since 2005 the Centre has contributed to the British Red Cross Psychosocial Support Team, which supports the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in assisting UK nationals affected by major incidents abroad, eg. the Asian Tsunami, the bombing in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and the Japanese Tsunami of 2001. The British Red Cross Psychosocial Support Team has also provided support for UK nationals in many other crisis events, most recently the terrorist attrocities in Nairobi and Algeria.