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For professionals

This page is here to support professionals – whether medical, part of an organisation or workplace – to find out more about NHS Talking Therapies, check out our referral criteria or get in touch with one of our communications and engagement team.

Guidance on referrals to NHS RDaSH Talking Therapies

As well as self-referrals, our NHS Talking Therapies services in Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincs accept referrals from a patient’s GP or healthcare professional.

If your patient is not registered to a GP in our area, please head to the NHS Talking Therapies Finder webpage to search for their local Talking Therapies service.

You are able to refer a patient using the relevant area’s self-referral form. Professionals are able to support patients to complete the self-referral form themselves or, alternatively, you may complete the form on their behalf if you have the patient’s consent to do so.

We are a primary care talking therapies service, and therefore it is helpful if potential clients are aware of what the service can offer. They should be in a position where they are prepared to engage in talking therapies, which can include groups, workshops, self-help, online support and one to one therapy.

We offer talking therapies for clients over 18 years old to treat the following:

  • depression
  • general anxiety
  • stress
  • panic
  • phobias
  • social anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • health anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • mild eating disorders (not anorexia)

We offer specific support for individuals suffering with long-term and chronic conditions where this has resulted in or has exacerbated any of the above symptoms or disorders.

There are some things we cannot treat.

Talking Therapies are unable to offer treatment for:

  • patients who are a risk to themselves (suicide/significant self-harm; please call your local crisis team)
  • psychotic symptoms
  • cognitive impairment/problems with cognitive functioning
  • anorexia or moderate to severe eating disorders
  • anger management
  • gambling and/or other addictions
  • patients resistant to treatment (3 or more failed treatment interventions)
  • patients already engaging in psychological therapy elsewhere (unless for distinctly different problems)
  • patients who are not registered to a GP in Doncaster/Rotherham/North Lincolnshire
  • severe learning disabilities
  • relationship counselling
  • complex PTSD, multiple childhood trauma or prolonged multiple traumas
  • Alcohol/drug misuse. However, following an assessment, we can sometimes offer safe and effective treatment for patients who are using drugs or alcohol at a level where they are able to engage with the treatment and attend all their appointments.

We are happy to discuss any referrals. We can offer signposting advice when an individual’s needs may be more appropriately met by another service.

Information sessions for professionals

If you would like to know more about what NHS Talking Therapies does or our referral process, please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

We can provide the following:

  • information talks for workplaces, organisations and community hubs
  • Talking Therapies workshops e.g. stress management taster sessions
  • information sessions for professionals with updates on our service and further details on our referral criteria

Get in touch

Are you a medical professional or part of an organisation or workplace with a question about Talking Therapies?

Would you like more information on our Talking Therapies service for your organisation?

Want us to attend an event to promote mental wellbeing?

Get in touch using the contact form below.

Please note, we cannot accept referrals through the below form but we are happy to answer any questions you may have.