The Yorkshire Centre for Psychological Medicine (YCPM) delivers biopsychosocial (holistic) care for people with complex medically unexplained symptoms and physical / psychological comorbidities.
The YCPM is an eight bed specialist in-patient unit which was originally established at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) in 1980. It is a unique service which has a history over many years of delivering services within Leeds and West Yorkshire, but which since 2009 has been able to offer access to patients from across the UK.
The YCPM Team specialise in helping people with the following types of problems:
severe and complex medically unexplained symptoms and illness
physical and psychological comorbidities at a serious level of severity
Approximately half of our beds are for people from Leeds and half are for people from other UK centres.
For Leeds residents we also provide a service for people with mixed physical and psychological difficulties which may be complicated but at a more moderate or lower level of severity.
We aim to help people make significant improvements with regard to their health and quality of life. Clinical outcomes are often very good and patient feedback very positive. This is possible due to the nature of the YCPM Unit and its function within the general hospital setting, but also due to the depth of experience and breadth of expertise within the team.
The YCPM is staffed by a multidisciplinary team, with the following elements:
liaison psychiatry doctors
cognitive behavioural therapy
The unit benefits from staff with dual (general/physical in addition to mental health) training, and others trained in cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approaches.
The Unit also has direct access to the following personnel:
medical and surgical teams within the general hospital system, across the full range of specialities
psychosexual and relationship therapists
outpatient CFS / ME Team
hospital mental health team.
The YCPM provides a biopsychosocial (holistic) approach to assessing and treating the full range of patients’ problems. The expertise of the team has been developed over many years and the YCPM exists within the broader liaison psychiatry service provided by our Trust. Everything we do accords with NHS values and our stated Trust purpose of improving health and improving lives.
The YCPM Clinical Team Manager was presented with the our Trust’s Award for Compassion, 2013.
The whole YCPM team were presented with our Trust’s Award for Improving Health and Improving Lives, 2015.
More information, including details of the treatments we provide and the YCPM environment, can be found in the downloadable resources below.