As a result of research through the Kings College Hospital IMPARTS (Integrated Mental and Physical healthcare Research Training and Services) programme, the Limb Reconstruction unit at Kings has had its long held view confirmed. Patients undergoing reconstruction surgery have a real need for access to psychological care.
Because of limitations in hospital budgets the charity has agreed to fund a support service in the department. The service has been developed with the assistance of Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Matthew Hotopf, of King's College London, and will give limb reconstruction patients access to a psychiatrist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
At present the patient referrals to the service will be needs based and funding has been voted by the charity's trustees that will enable around 8 patients a week to be helped.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon and co-chairman of the charity, Sarah Phillips, said:
"This is another example of how the charity has been able to directly help our patients. It previously intervened financially to recruit specialist physiotherapist, Helen Maitland, part funded her post and demonstrated her value to patients to the satisfaction of the Health Authority who now employ her directly.
The generosity of our donors and the hard work of the trustees and fund raisers have benefited our patients in a very targeted way and this new initiative on funding psychological care will, we believe, continue that good work"