In response to the threat of posttraumatic disorder (PTSD) that could potentially affect many NHS workers, Ayanay Psychological Accreditation (APA) have published a working proposal known as the ‘Post-trauma Care Response’.
The proposal was created in open collaboration with therapeutic professionals, irrespective of membership affiliations. In particular, the proposal is designed to support medical and care professionals on how to optimally respond to the impact of mass trauma caused by COVID-19. While also ensuring the protection and ethical integrity of the therapeutic professional and the sector as a whole, the proposal creates an effective and sustainable framework that avoids therapeutic services becoming a wholly voluntary delivery service.
APA is delighted that qualified therapeutic professionals – with affiliations to various different membership bodies – have taken part in shaping this framework and they would like to thank everyone that has taken part and contributed.
Dave Sleet, co-founder of APA, says: ‘I am grateful for the support and contributions professionals have have given to this proposal. The medical and care professionals are our career cousins, and this support framework shows the care and compassion with which the therapeutic sector is made of.’
APA offers the Post-Trauma Care Response, openly so that medical and care professionals can see that the therapeutic community has come together to offer meaningful support – with the sole purpose of ensuring the best possible care is available, as they experience the impacts of mass trauma caused by COVID-19.
‘The Post-Trauma Care Response is the only proposal presented to date, that considers the long-term need for support of medical and care professionals. Without a change of systemic approach and engagement with the therapeutic community, the NHS will not have the capacity to manage the impact of a potential PTSD collapse within its medical or care teams,’ Dave concludes.
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