Personality Disorder Community Service and the Relational, Emotional Difficulties Service (REDS)

How our service can help you

We are single team, offering two separate pathways. Both pathways aim to help people manage emotional dysregulation, to control unhelpful coping behaviours and improve their ability to sustain meaningful relationships.  We do this through our comprehensive treatment offer.

  • The PDCS is our secondary care facing service.  We see people who meet the threshold for a personality disorder.
  • The REDS is our primary care facing service. We see people who have a range of difficulties associated with regulating emotions and who may struggle to negotiate relationships. You can request a referral to the REDS from your GP.

Personality Disorder Community Service (PDCS)

The Personality Disorder Community Service aims to help people with a diagnosis of personality disorder improve their social functioning, reduce their self-destructive behaviours and achieve a greater feeling of wellbeing.

What is a personality disorder?
Personality disorders are longstanding dysfunctional ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that cause distress to the person themselves and to others. The symptoms can be very disabling and confusing, can affect many different aspects of life and make it hard for them to cope and feel content. However, it is important to remember that alongside this, there are areas of strength and ability, and that it is possible to recover aspects of functioning that seem damaged.

What do we offer?
We offer a treatment programme using interventions based on NICE guidance. It is likely to require about a year’s commitment overall. Our service provides:

  • Assessment, formulation and treatment
  • Help, advice, support and signposting
  • Care plan developed with service user
  • Daily crisis support
  • Medication review and management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relapse planning
  • Time-limited specialist interventions including:
  • Mentalisation-based group therapy
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • A DBT skills only group
  • Occupational therapist led interventions to re-engage and re-integrate in to community living

Meet the team video: (211) Personality Disorder Community Service - YouTube

CORE Group

Core group is a multi-agency forum, led by the Personality Disorder Community Service, to support staff and systems develop a shared understanding and negotiate ways forward for service users who may use multiple service, or for whom their needs may be difficult to meet.

Relational, Emotional Difficulties Service (REDS)

The REDS is our primary care facing service for people who present with difficulties associated with strong emotions and interpersonal difficulties. The pathway is not aimed at particular diagnoses. We offer a broad programme that supports people and gives them skills to manage the problems that present on a day-to-day basis, in the here and now. People who have benefitted from this approach may have a variety of conditions ranging from FND (functional neurological disorder), chronic fatigue, cPTSD (chronic PTSD resulting from complex trauma), unexplained medical symptoms, and personality disorder.

The REDS has two pathways:

Following an assessment by a mental health practitioner, usually within the GP practice, you will be advised which of the following pathways are most suitable for your needs.

  • Designed for our service users who would benefit from increased connection and practical support, is our peer support led programme, Living with Emotional Difficulties . Service users attend an introductory workshop, are signposted to a variety of self-help materials, and are recommended to join a structured 12-week peer-support group led by MIND. 
  • Our structured psychological group work programme is designed for our moderate need services users who are ready and in need of a formal intervention and treatment service. These service users may engage in self-harm, or low-level risky behaviours, yet have an ability to benefit from psychoeducation, the organisational skills to attend group and individual sessions over a 16 week period, the determination to try to do things differently, and the resilience to respond to feedback.  

Service users are invited to attend an introductory workshop called Is This for Me , then they choose whether to opt into the treatment component. Treatment is a psychoeducational skills-based programme, delivered in groups, drawing heavily on Dialectical Behavioural Therapy principles called Making Connections.  Our results from the pilot study indicate that this is an effective treatment for our clients with mild-moderate symptoms of emotional dysregulation associated with personality disorder.

Service users who complete the structured psychological group work programme, may go on to self-refer to our Mentalization Based Therapy programme. (Full details of how to do so will be given upon completion of Making Connections).

Please note: REDS is predominantly an online based service, although you may have the option to meet face-to-face for your 1:1 sessions.

Self-Help, Support and Guidance

We have recently developed a Virtual Learning Environment to support our service users, and the community to understand difficulties Course QR code associated with emotional regulation and relationship difficulties.  We have included many of the resources we use in treatment, so even if you do not wish to join a treatment group, you can still become better informed and begin to learn how to support yourself and others.  This is a new resource and therefore you might find that the content evolves and grows over time (so do check back).

Course: Self-Help, Support and Guidance for Relational and Emotional Needs (cpft.nhs.uk)

Families and Carers

Family Connections is a 12-week group programme that meets for 2 hours, online. It provides education, skills training, and support for people who are supporting a sufferer of borderline personality disorder. This is an evidence-based programme.  Data show us that after completing the course, family members experienced decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief, and more feelings of empowerment.

Family Connections is on offer to families and carers of service users in PDCS.  Please contact the team directly for further information.  If your loved one is not under the care of PDCS, you can still access the programme via the authors – please see the NEABPD website:

The Family Connections Program | National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

FACTS is a shorter course but similarly designed to support carers of people with symptoms associated with emotional and relationship difficulties.  FACTS is a carer led programme, and is currently being re-rolled out in this area (we will post further details as they become available).

For further information about supporting someone with emotional difficulties or a personality disorder, please take a look at our Self-help, Support and Guidance virtual learning environment, which includes a section for Family and Carers.

Contact the service

  • Peterborough

    The Old Town Hall

    17 Bridge Street

    Peterborough

    PE1 1HF

    •  

    Cambridge

    Chesterton Medical Centre

    35 Union Lane

    Cambridge

    CB4 1PX

    •  

    T: 01733 746800

Referral Information

  • Please note, we do not accept self-referrals. If you think you need to access our service, please speak to your GP or a medical professional.

Where to park and are there parking charges?

  • Limited free parking at Chesterton Medical Centre. Peterborough clients should use the public car parks, or phone ahead for parking advice.

Is there access and support for patients and visitors with a disability?

  • Please ring the team before your appointment to discuss any requirements.

How to cancel your appointment

  • Please call 01733 746800.

Personality Disorder Community Service and the Relational, Emotional Difficulties Service (REDS)

How our service can help you

We are single team, offering two separate pathways. Both pathways aim to help people manage emotional dysregulation, to control unhelpful coping behaviours and improve their ability to sustain meaningful relationships.  We do this through our comprehensive treatment offer.

  • The PDCS is our secondary care facing service.  We see people who meet the threshold for a personality disorder.
  • The REDS is our primary care facing service. We see people who have a range of difficulties associated with regulating emotions and who may struggle to negotiate relationships. You can request a referral to the REDS from your GP.

Personality Disorder Community Service (PDCS)

The Personality Disorder Community Service aims to help people with a diagnosis of personality disorder improve their social functioning, reduce their self-destructive behaviours and achieve a greater feeling of wellbeing.

What is a personality disorder?
Personality disorders are longstanding dysfunctional ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that cause distress to the person themselves and to others. The symptoms can be very disabling and confusing, can affect many different aspects of life and make it hard for them to cope and feel content. However, it is important to remember that alongside this, there are areas of strength and ability, and that it is possible to recover aspects of functioning that seem damaged.

What do we offer?
We offer a treatment programme using interventions based on NICE guidance. It is likely to require about a year’s commitment overall. Our service provides:

  • Assessment, formulation and treatment
  • Help, advice, support and signposting
  • Care plan developed with service user
  • Daily crisis support
  • Medication review and management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relapse planning
  • Time-limited specialist interventions including:
  • Mentalisation-based group therapy
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • A DBT skills only group
  • Occupational therapist led interventions to re-engage and re-integrate in to community living

Meet the team video: (211) Personality Disorder Community Service - YouTube

CORE Group

Core group is a multi-agency forum, led by the Personality Disorder Community Service, to support staff and systems develop a shared understanding and negotiate ways forward for service users who may use multiple service, or for whom their needs may be difficult to meet.

Relational, Emotional Difficulties Service (REDS)

The REDS is our primary care facing service for people who present with difficulties associated with strong emotions and interpersonal difficulties. The pathway is not aimed at particular diagnoses. We offer a broad programme that supports people and gives them skills to manage the problems that present on a day-to-day basis, in the here and now. People who have benefitted from this approach may have a variety of conditions ranging from FND (functional neurological disorder), chronic fatigue, cPTSD (chronic PTSD resulting from complex trauma), unexplained medical symptoms, and personality disorder.

The REDS has two pathways:

Following an assessment by a mental health practitioner, usually within the GP practice, you will be advised which of the following pathways are most suitable for your needs.

  • Designed for our service users who would benefit from increased connection and practical support, is our peer support led programme, Living with Emotional Difficulties . Service users attend an introductory workshop, are signposted to a variety of self-help materials, and are recommended to join a structured 12-week peer-support group led by MIND. 
  • Our structured psychological group work programme is designed for our moderate need services users who are ready and in need of a formal intervention and treatment service. These service users may engage in self-harm, or low-level risky behaviours, yet have an ability to benefit from psychoeducation, the organisational skills to attend group and individual sessions over a 16 week period, the determination to try to do things differently, and the resilience to respond to feedback.  

Service users are invited to attend an introductory workshop called Is This for Me , then they choose whether to opt into the treatment component. Treatment is a psychoeducational skills-based programme, delivered in groups, drawing heavily on Dialectical Behavioural Therapy principles called Making Connections.  Our results from the pilot study indicate that this is an effective treatment for our clients with mild-moderate symptoms of emotional dysregulation associated with personality disorder.

Service users who complete the structured psychological group work programme, may go on to self-refer to our Mentalization Based Therapy programme. (Full details of how to do so will be given upon completion of Making Connections).

Please note: REDS is predominantly an online based service, although you may have the option to meet face-to-face for your 1:1 sessions.

Self-Help, Support and Guidance

We have recently developed a Virtual Learning Environment to support our service users, and the community to understand difficulties Course QR code associated with emotional regulation and relationship difficulties.  We have included many of the resources we use in treatment, so even if you do not wish to join a treatment group, you can still become better informed and begin to learn how to support yourself and others.  This is a new resource and therefore you might find that the content evolves and grows over time (so do check back).

Course: Self-Help, Support and Guidance for Relational and Emotional Needs (cpft.nhs.uk)

Families and Carers

Family Connections is a 12-week group programme that meets for 2 hours, online. It provides education, skills training, and support for people who are supporting a sufferer of borderline personality disorder. This is an evidence-based programme.  Data show us that after completing the course, family members experienced decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief, and more feelings of empowerment.

Family Connections is on offer to families and carers of service users in PDCS.  Please contact the team directly for further information.  If your loved one is not under the care of PDCS, you can still access the programme via the authors – please see the NEABPD website:

The Family Connections Program | National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

FACTS is a shorter course but similarly designed to support carers of people with symptoms associated with emotional and relationship difficulties.  FACTS is a carer led programme, and is currently being re-rolled out in this area (we will post further details as they become available).

For further information about supporting someone with emotional difficulties or a personality disorder, please take a look at our Self-help, Support and Guidance virtual learning environment, which includes a section for Family and Carers.

Contact the service

  • Peterborough

    The Old Town Hall

    17 Bridge Street

    Peterborough

    PE1 1HF

    •  

    Cambridge

    Chesterton Medical Centre

    35 Union Lane

    Cambridge

    CB4 1PX

    •  

    T: 01733 746800

Referral Information

  • Please note, we do not accept self-referrals. If you think you need to access our service, please speak to your GP or a medical professional.

Where to park and are there parking charges?

  • Limited free parking at Chesterton Medical Centre. Peterborough clients should use the public car parks, or phone ahead for parking advice.

Is there access and support for patients and visitors with a disability?

  • Please ring the team before your appointment to discuss any requirements.

How to cancel your appointment

  • Please call 01733 746800.

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust