NHS CPFT Relational, Emotional Difficulties Services (REDS)

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The REDS is a service for people aged 18+, who experience difficulties associated with strong emotions and interpersonal relationships. The programme is accessed via referral from a GP and offers service users a choice in the style and content of their treatment.

This meet the team video can be helpful to those waiting for treatment:

Hear from a previous participant in the Making Connections group in this video where they talk about how the sessions were for them, how they benefitted and also share some thoughts for people who may be unsure whether the programme is for them.



What to Expect:

Referral to REDS is initially via your GP who will arrange an assessment by a mental health practitioner, either online or in person.

Once you have been referred you will be invited to two introductory workshops which will outline the types of difficulties people may be experiencing, how they may have arisen and why this means they struggle with their emotions. This segment is called ‘Is this for Me?’ and is a really useful beginning, helping to set outcome expectations. Users will also be introduced to a choice of 2 treatment options which they can opt to choose one of, or complete both in succession:

Peer Support Group Programme
A 12-week group programme, led by CPSL Mind, with a different theme each week. Participants will be asked to consider some relevant psycho-educational material and will be given space to consider their own experiences in relation to each topic. This course is a good choice for those who benefit from an informal atmosphere and time to think about their own challenges. The peer support received in this group dynamic is an important aspect of the sessions.

Making Connections (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Group)
A 16-week group programme, facilitated by NHS psychological practitioners, based on psychoeducational skills. Sessions draw heavily on Dialectical Behavioural Therapy principles.  Pilot study results indicate that this treatment is effective treatment for people with mild-moderate symptoms of emotional dysregulation, possibly associated with a personality disorder.  This programme is particularly suitable for people who may engage in harmful or low-level risky behaviours who can still benefit from psychoeducation, possessing the organisational skills to attend group and individual sessions over the full period, the determination to try to do things differently, and the resilience to respond to feedback.

Both offers include the option for some one to one support which can be planned with course leaders as deemed helpful.





More Information: 


Service users who complete the Making Connections course may go on to self-refer to the Mentalization Based Therapy programme, details of which will be given upon completion.

REDS is delivered online. Participants who opt for one to one sessions may be able to arrange these face to face.

Other information for support on mental health can be found at Keep Your Head website

Other support that you can contact and refer yourself to (without a professional referral) can be found in the self referral section of the How Are You East Cambs Website : https://hayeastcambs.co.uk/find-support/mental-health-self-refer/

This service is free to access.

If you need support with your mental health, remember you can always reach out to your GP. If you need urgent help, please call the First Response Service on the NHS 111 helpline and select the mental health option.

How to contact

Where to go

Chesterton Medical Centre 35 Union Lane Cambridge CB4 1PX

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