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Level of care to be improved by new psychological medicine centre

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new psychological medicine centre to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and patient experience of the care it provides.

The Oxford Psychological Medicine Centre brings together the Trust's existing clinical psychology team for adults, clinical psychology team for children, and the clinical psychiatry team together with a University of Oxford research team.

Based in the West Wing at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the centre was opened by Trust Chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

The new centre will benefit each team as it will provide service, teaching, and research space.

Professor Michael Sharpe, Trust Lead for Psychological Medicine, said: "Our teams have worked with the Trust management to create this centre.

"Oxford Psychological Medicine is already regarded as a beacon of integrated mental and physical care nationally and internationally, and the creation of this centre will enable us to do even more to help our patients."

As well as providing teaching for medical students, the centre's teaching programme will also benefit the Trust's nurses, doctors and other staff.

The centre's research programme delivers cutting-edge clinical research. Current projects include the HOME study, a multicentre trial of enhanced psychiatric care for elderly medical inpatients.

Psychological Medicine refers to the psychological and psychiatric care of the medically ill. By integrating psychiatrists and psychologists into its medical team at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Trust is able to provide truly patient centres and comprehensive care.

The Psychological Medicine team is an international leader in the integration of physical and mental health care for its patients.

They won the prestigious Team of the Year award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in November 2018.

Pictured: Michael Sharpe, OUH Lead for Psychological Medicine and Dame Fiona Caldicott, OUH Chairman, at the launch