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HOPE (Hospital Outpatient Psychotherapy Engagement)

HOPE is a service being delivered by Trust staff in the Hospital Mental Health Liaison Team at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. It is a service for people presenting with self harm to Accident and Emergency and provides brief psychological intervention over four weeks.

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Liverpool a robust evaluation of this service has recently been completed. There were two main research aims. Firstly, to validate and evidence the use of model combining Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in the specific treatment of self harm and secondly to evidence any potential improvements in patient psychological well-being following the service intervention.

The project has now ended and following successful funding become an established service as part of Core 24 Liaison Psychiatry Service.  HOPE Therapy Service now takes referrals for psychiatry teams based at RLUH, Aintree University Hospital and Southport Hospital. 

This project also resulted in funding from Liverpool CCG to look at the feasibility of delivering this service in the community rather than in a hospital setting.