23 September 2019

Organisations from across Luton attended a conference focussed on improving the help available to women who have suffered trauma, writes Patricia Huibers.

It was organised in partnership by social work and psychology teams from East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and Luton All Women’s Centre.

Trauma or personality disorder - working to improve women’s Mental Health in Luton took place at University of Bedfordshire, Luton, on September 5.

Its aim was for anyone working within the area of mental health to be better informed about what a trauma informed approach and service looks like, and to bring about better working together across different services in Luton.

Caroline Cook, the Chief Executive at Luton All Women’s Centre talked about the complex needs of the women they work with and that a trauma informed approach is at the core of how they work.

Nearly 100 healthcare professionals and third sector partners attended.

The collaborative event covered a range of topics including forms of post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, use and impact of diagnosis, formulation and interventions, and the link between racism and trauma.

“This conference demonstrated a collective determination from partner organisations across the town to work together in helping women who have suffered trauma,” said Gail Dearing, ELFT’s Associate Director for Social Care in Bedfordshire and Luton.

The event was supported by the Reimagining Luton initiative and the University of Bedfordshire.