Following research part funded by Bristol BRC (Biomedical Research Centre) and the University of Bristol, a new animation has been designed and created to explain what a trauma-informed approach to healthcare is. This new animation also explains what can be done in UK healthcare settings to ensure that they become trauma-informed, prevent re-traumatisation and how this can lead to improved outcomes for patients and staff.

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About the Animation

The animation is in the form of a four-minute video co-produced by The Survivors Trust and Floating Harbour Studios alongside patient and professional stakeholders. It focuses on the stories of Sophie and Saida who both carry trauma from their past which, in turn, affects how they respond to difficult situations in their daily lives.

Sophie was brought up in care and due to her past trauma, she struggles to communicate with healthcare professionals to get the help she needs. Saida has left an abusive relationship and is working as a busy doctor in the NHS. She is struggling to deal with the legacy of this trauma alongside her daily working life.

The animation also includes the findings from the National Institute for Health and Care Research  funded TAP CARE study which looked at how different healthcare settings dealt with trauma-informed care and how they could improve and change going forward. Natalia Lewis, who led the TAP CARE study and is currently the Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care at the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol said that they were delighted to be launching the animation and ‘hope that it helps healthcare professionals, policymakers and members of the public learn about the evidence for the effectiveness of trauma-informed healthcare and necessary conditions for implementing it in the UK.’

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Trauma-Informed Practice Training

A range of organisations can offer trauma informed practice training, such as to train staff members to support and recognise patients or clients who have experienced past trauma.

The course covers how to recognise trauma responses, how best to deal with these situations sensitively and safely, how to raise awareness throughout your organisation of trauma-informed care and how to prevent re-traumatisation in situations that should be helping patients and clients in their healing process. Throughout the course, there will be tutor assessment which will lead to a certificate of completion if the expected standards have been achieved.