POST TRAUMA STRESS WORKSHOP - SOUNDER SLEEP FOR VETERANS
Lydiard Park Conference Centre
Date: Friday 11 November 2016
Timings: 1245-1700 including a visit to the Poppy Field of Remembrance (those that can attend don’t forget the 11th November service at 1100 hrs)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking
1030-1055: Cuppa in the lounge bar (Cost £3-50 for tea, or coffee and biscuits) for those wishing to have a drink
1100-1130: Remembrance Service in the Poppy Field of Remembrance. For those who attended the service why not an autumn walk around beautiful Lydiard Park prior to workshop
1245-1330: Meet and greet Registration-Why not a cuppa?
1330-1345: Introductions /Administration - Richard Hilling ARRC
1345-1530: Sounder Sleep for Veterans-a New Approach for Stopping Nightmares Justin Havens Trauma (EMDR) Therapist currently researching a Phd at the Veterans and Families Institute Anglia Ruskin University
1530-1630: Break with afternoon tea with tea or coffee with scones, cream and jam with a visit to the “famed walled garden” and the Poppy Field of Remembrance
1630-1645: Mini Draw including a copy Sister Edith Appleton’s 1st World War Diary turned into a bestselling book
1645-1700: Endings / Resources available
Delegates who would like to stay for chicken or fish and chips in a basket will be available from 1730 hrs in the lounge bar. Please place your orders beforehand and pay over the bar-thank you
May I wish all delegates a safe journey home
Planned Dream Intervention - nobody understands fully why we dream, but for many suffering from PTSD, nightmares haunt almost every night. PTSD specialist and mental health specialist Justin Havens is currently investigating a new technique. It is hoped “planned dream intervention” may put a stop to traumatic nightmares disrupting the lives of so many servicemen and women. Please see http://forces.tv/43611136
Hannah King for Forces TV
Cost of the workshop will be £12-50. Included in the price is an afternoon break of tea or coffee with scones jam and cream and free entry to the “famed walled garden” and historic house. Any profit will go to Swindon Trauma Group. Download a booking form below.
Thursday 16 June 2016
The draw raised £117.50 which included donations. Thank you all who sponsored the draw:
Joan Haddrell STG member
Swindon Marriott Hotel
Cineworld Shaw Ridge
Isla St Clair
SWINDON ARMED FORCES DAY
Saturday 25 June 2016
Held at The Ruby Club on Greenbridge Road near WH Smith. The day was wet particularly in the afternoon, yet there was a variety of Armed Forces and Veteran Charity stands to look around at the arena which made the afternoon enjoyable.
Mental Health First Aid Course for the Armed Forces Community
On the 3rd weekend of March the Swindon Trauma Group had the opportunity to invite Doctor Richard Castle, a psychologist and survivor of the Paddington Rail Disaster and retired RAF Group Captain, to run the above course.
Annual Conference 2016
Friday 14 October 2016
STG 7th Annual Conference Venue again will be Swindon Marriott Hotel in the Uffington Suite. Timings – 0900 to 1700 (room available from 0800 to 1800). Cost per attendee £30 to attend function which includes tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, sandwich lunch with cold refreshments and afternoon tea or coffee with "doughnut therapy".
Presenters confirmed include Professor Gordon Turnbull, Sheila Beer, Rev Frank Parkinson, Doctor Richard Castle, Brigitte Bodill, Kim Rayner, Robert Buckland QC MP, Doctor Jo Billings and Ivor Bermingham. The range of presentations will cover the historical aspects, in relation to trauma, of treatments and how trauma effects people, both physically and psychologically, and treatments available today.
The Evening - If members, speakers or delegates want to stay for an evening meal the cost is £25 per person and will take place in the hotel restaurant. People have to pre-book and I have provisionally booked for twenty attendees.
Accomodation - A special rate is available to any delegates wishing to stay at the Marriott Hotel on Friday 14th October.
Cost £30 per attendee to cover individual handbooks, course materials and individual costs of presenter. There will be a mini draw during the course to raise funds for STG
There will be a maximum of 16 attendees on the course which will be a closed group. Asda West Swindon are sponsoring the event with tea, coffee, biscuits on arrival and in the afternoon with a buffet lunch with refreshments around midday
Swindon Trauma Group would like to welcome Doctor Richard Castle as course tutor. Richard is an independent Mental Health and trauma Rehabilitation Consultant and Clinical Psychologist.
He is hoping to have Dawn Collins as a co-deliver who is also a Mental Health First Aid England instructor.
Richard is a survivor of the Paddington Rail Crash in West London on the 5th October 1999. Following treatment for severe burns Richard undertook a part time research project at Cranfield University studying the psychological aspects of burns trauma.
Leaving the RAF in 2012 as a Group Captain, Richard is now a freelance Consultant in trauma and burns rehabilitation. He is also a Lead Facilitator for service provision of acid burns in Bangladesh.
A member of the Armed Services, a medic, is in a hostage situation in a foreign land in the 1980s. What the person witnesses is extreme bravery and competency from strangers protecting the person. The person is released from the hostage situation. Yet on the flight home he becomes so very he ill thinks he is going to die. He arrives back in Blighty and receives an excellent psychological and physical debrief. The result is no signs of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
What is amazing is that this happened nearly 30 years ago. Yet a couple of years later thousands of people return from a war where their stories are not believed with the resulting physical and psychological trauma.
As far back as March 1994 the Nursing Times did three excellent articles on PTSD with the emphasis for support for nursing staff post trauma and allowing people involved in a disaster permission to mourn and not be under pressure to get over it.
Also in 2005 two soldiers and a RAF medic successfully won their war pensions tribunal to recognise Gulf War Syndrome with the excellent support of Maria Rusling of the National Gulf Veterans and Family Association
On the 8 May 2007 The New Scientist magazine stated the Government of the time should acknowledge that 6,000 British veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War were physically disabled due to their wartime service. This was based on independent research carried out in the UK by a committee headed by Lord Lloyd of Manchester - plus research carried out by the Advisory Committee of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Symptoms of Post Trauma Stress (PTS) can develop when a person is subjected to an event considered outside the realms of human experience. If the symptoms persist for longer than four weeks the person may well develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Swindon Trauma Group exists to provide help, advice, guidance and mutual support to those suffering from these conditions along with their friends, family and colleagues. STG has been running for a number of years with a lot of support locally.
Date and Time: Friday 2 October 2015 - 0915 to 1630
Venue: Uffington Suite, Swindon Marriott Hotel
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: Free (due to Sponsorship) but bring at least a fiver for the draw!
Post Trauma Stress / Shellshock Treatment and Support - Myth or Reality?
Lydiard Park Conference Centre
Friday 24 July 2015
The aim of this workshop is to review how the Invisible Injuries are assessed and treated.
Thought for the Day.......
Give us the tools and we will do the job.
1245-1315: Meet and greet Registration-Why not a cuppa?
1315-1345: Introductions – Professor Gordon Turnbull and Richard Hilling ARRC
Post Trauma Stress (a history) and how treatments have developed.
1345-1445 : : Group Discussion
1. Staff Support - What about Critical Incident Debriefing?
2. How to prevent PTS/PTSD in ourselves. What is the difference between hyper vigilance & paranoia?
3. What about the future?
4. Review of treatments
1445-1530: Break with afternoon tea with tea or coffee with scones, cream and jam with a visit to the “famed walled garden”
1530- 1600: Reconvene into your group - summary from the group leaders.
1600-1645 Group Discussions
A. The Way Forward. What about today and what have we learnt from the past? What facilities are available now for Trauma Stress? The consequences now
B. Setting up what? - Champions not just for Veterans but civilian survivors of trauma too, attached to each NHS Trust. National PTS/ PTSD Unit for veterans and civilians
C. What about carers, children and pets? Support for them following trauma
D. The private sector, voluntary sector, charities, the Armed Forces and the NHS. Can they all work together?
1645-1715: Reconvene into your group-summary from group leaders
1715-1730: Endings / Resources available
May I wish all delegates a safe journey home. STG members thank Gordon for giving his free time today.
Cost of Workshop will be £12-50 per person, including afternoon tea or coffee with scones jam and cream and visit to garden - please complete booking form - click here to download. Any profit will go to Swindon Trauma Group. Free parking.
As well as Professor Gordon’s Turnbull’s book on PTS/PTSD please click here for details of other books dealing with the consequences of trauma including Frank Parkinson’s book on Amazon Kindle.
Thought for the Day.......
As presenter for the day I enjoyed doing the workshop on a lovely sunny day. Support from the staff at Lydiard Park Conference Centre was excellent as usual. We covered the historical aspects of the causation of GWS from the possible attacks from Sarin gas at the holding camps of Blackadder and Baldrick lines at Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia to the affects of multiple injections with the likes of Bubonic Plaque to fit and well people taking NAPS tablets (pyridostigmine bromide).
The successful War Pensions Tribunal of 2005 was highlighted into the recognition of GWS and the consequences since.
We watched a film from USA on how thousands of their troops suffer the physical and psychological effects of GWS. For sufferers in the United Kingdom we discussed that GPs were more aware of problem and that professionals like nurses carry out a proper care plan including Assessment including taking bloods etc.
Planning including contact with other agencies including the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association please see www.ngvfa.org.uk
Implementation of care including the complimentary therapies
Evaluation of patient care- has the nursing for example worked. If not why hasn’t it worked?
Before afternoon tea members of STG were delighted to receive a cheque from Swindon Community Church of £250-00. Thank you
The afternoon ended with members attending looking forward to the PTS/PTSD workshop on Friday 24 July 2015 at the same venue
Swindon Trauma Group 5th Annual Conference
Overview by Dick Hilling Chairman STG
'I thoroughly enjoyed the Conference and would agree that members of STG surpassed themselves in helping organising the Conference from its inception last year.
I found the Conference moving and worthwhile. Thank you to the speakers who gave their time and effort free of charge with some speakers travelling from Hull, Manchester and Cheltenham. The same goes to the delegates travelling as far afield as Peterborough, Isle of Wight and Salisbury.
A particular thanks to Doctor Hammid Hashmi Consultant Psychiatrist for his support and mentorship during the day
Sponsorship - without the support of Borough of Swindon West Locality the Conference would not have gone ahead. The same goes for the support of the Swindon Marriot Hotel; the professionalism on the day as well as their generosity was great particularly sponsoring our second draw of the year (although this one more mini) with the prize being Sunday lunch for four. Generous support also came from Swindon Basepoint, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club, and two kind members of the Swindon Community.
Swindon 105.5 and BBC Wiltshire Radio covered the day and STG thank them and all sponsors for their support'
Lisa Kennet carried out several interviews at the conference for Swindon 105.5 FM. These were broadcsat on Lisa's show 'Feeling Good'.
The station has kindly given permission for the interviews to be available on this website. Note that it may take a few seconds before the audio starts playing:
This event went well. Six members attended and enjoyed lunch or snacks with tea or coffee. Two members put in a bid to John Lewis for funding.
This took place at Asda West Swindon Shopping Centre. Charities and organisations represented included Swindon Trauma Group, Swindon Guide Dogs, Swindon Carers and Lift Psychology. Although a big chill factor from the centre existed for a few hours an enjoyable and worthwhile day was had by all. Thank you to Jan Kilby Asda Community Champion and Centre Managament for allowing the “hub” to become a regular three month event.
2nd RAF Psychiatry Reunion - 12th October 2013
A great time was had by all. The meal was superb as was the company.
Friday 12 April 2013
Lydiard House Conference Centre - Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, Wiltshire
This took place on Saturday 29 September 2012. It was a great success, the food was delicious, the company convivial and the veterans enjoyed a game of Whiff Waff! Veterans and partners were treated to a free walk around the famous walled garden.
In early June Steve Wakefield (ex Mayor of Swindon), who has been a valued supporter and member of our group, was approached by Siobhan Feasey (Trainee Organiser, Labour South West) for a senior Cabinet Minister to visit Swindon during Armed Forces Week to “meet and greet” members of the Swindon Trauma Group and Veterans.
Sadly this didn’t take place, but Siobhan has stated that a Senior Minister will visit Swindon later in the year. Steve Wakefield attended the meeting and those present discussed the following topics:
0915-0950: Welcome: why not a cuppa?
0950-1000: Administration / Housekeeping. Welcome to the Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon Councillor Mick Bray and his wife Ruth
1000-1015: Introduction to the day. The Mayor of Swindon
1015-1030: Brief on what PTS / PTSD is, not Forgetting GWS
1030-1100 Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad - Christina Rossetti Forgotten heroes –Guernica 1936, Calais1940, Cowes and Bath 1942, and Lima 1986. Resilience and Trauma Dick Hilling
1100 -1130: Morning tea or coffee with homemade biscuits
1130-1230: Shining a Light into the Black Hole of Trauma - Professor Gordon Turnbull
1230-1330: Two Course Buffet Lunch
1330-1410: “The Gulf Between”- poem by Keith Hilling MA., BA - BA-Baedeker Raids paintings by Davey-R (both local artists) followed by presentation by on Critical Incident Debriefing v Counselling v Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1410-1430: The Importance of Insurance Nigel Ashley BMA (Insurance Services) Ltd
1430-1500: Walk and talk - a chance to see the Walled Garden or the historic house.
1500-1530: What about the Swindon Trauma Group?
1530-1600: Afternoon tea with homemade cakes - hopefully “Doughnut Therapy”
1600-1630: Endings – the future?
Cost £50.00 (inclusive of refreshments and buffet), plus visits also to the walled garden and the historic house. Money raised after expenses will be donated to STG and the Thanet Phobic Group
On behalf of The Swindon Trauma Group a safe journey home to everyone
Recommended Books to Read
For further recommended books and pamphlets please see Recommended Reading page.
The Thanet Phobic Group is celebrating its’ 40th Anniversary this year. Dick Hilling Chairman of the STG first came in contact with Sylvia Hadley the Chairman of the group way back in 1992. Sylvia was part of a comprehensive Flying Phobia Programme that successfully got people flying following significant traumatic events concerning people flying. This programme was implemented by the RAF Psychiatric Services at the Behaviour Therapy Unit at Princess Alexandra’s RAF (Hospital) Wroughton between 1991 and 1995.What I remember about Sylvia is her encouragement, empathy and humour in helping people to “face their fears” before embarking on their Fear of Flying Programme at Wroughton Hospital.
Thought for the Day: Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises - Demosthenes
0930-1000: Welcome - why not a cuppa?
1000-1030: Brief on what PTS / PTSD is, not forgetting GWS
1030-1130: One to ones: Walk & talk in The Walled Garden, relax in the lounge, watch TV, or read the newspapers
1130-1200: Morning coffee with biscuits
1200-1300: Critical Incident Debriefing v Counselling v Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1300-1400: Two Course Buffet Lunch
1400-1500: The Way Forward - presentations by Peter Mead, and two representatives from Swindon LinK
1500-1530: What about the Swindon Trauma Group?
1530-1600: Afternoon tea with homemade cakes
1600-1630: Endings – the future?
Swindon Trauma Group wishes everyone a safe journey home.
Author: Helen Kennerley
Published by Robinson
We'll Meet Again - Eyes Front Concert
Evening Cabaret to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the opening of Princess Alexandra’s RAF (Hospital) Wroughton, July/August 1941
Monies raised after costs will be donated to the following Charities- National Gulf Veterans and Families Association , Soldiers Sailors and Airforce Association, St. Dunstan’s and Swindon Young Carers.
Princess Alexandra’s RAF (Hospital) Wroughton was situated north of Barbury Castle the scene in Saxon times of the battle at Beran Byrg, where the hospital stood till it’s Closing Down Ceremony in December 1995 and gates closed in March 1996.The hospital was near the town of Swindon, a town totally industrialised by the arrival of the Great Western Railway. When the last steam train The Evening Star left the GWR Railworks in 1960-Swindon continued to expand with the RAF hospital assisting in supporting the health needs of the local population as well as service personal and their families.
Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) are describe as “the invisible injuries”, which can determine treatment and support both for the survivors of trauma and their carers be it families friends or colleagues at work. The Conference will hopefully address the many issues associated with PTS and PTSD, including the historical aspects, critical incident debriefing and diagnosis.
The Conference - it is for anyone and all who are interested in the subject of trauma, whereas the evening cabaret will give public the opportunity to come to the Swindon Marriott to celebrate the 55 years a RAF hospital stood with pride adjacent to the picturesque village of Wroughton near Swindon Wiltshire.
OF NOTE when booking into the hotel the reference number for booking into the hotel on the Thursday is S2510 and on the Friday is S250 see details concerning the hotel’s booking arrangements. For the 4th August 2011 cost double room £85-00 BB, single the same, for the Friday single £58 BB, double £65 per room BB - Central Reservations (0800)221 222
This will be the third time that Isla St Clair - has appeared at the Swindon Marriott Hotel and this year’s concert should be both moving and entertaining as Isla’s concert depicts the significance of music and song in wartime. The conference and entertainment will take place in the Uffington Suite of the hotel where guests can expect to enjoy, food, beverages and hospitality of a hotel of AA rosette standard. The hotel is situated in the old part of the town which has some picturesque streets and alleys. If visitors have time a visit to the museum is recommended where there is a “Lowry”. The Old Town gardens will be particularly pleasant in August. Finally back to the hospital a visit to the Memorial Site is suggested, although has caused some controversy .Don’t forget Barbury Castle and the stunning views if you are visiting Alexandra Park.
Our group would like to thank all those who are giving their time free of charge. Also the previous help of Trish and Dave Reeves Chairman of NRAH- see www.nrah.co.uk who have now settled in the Isle of Wight and hopefully enjoying all that the island can offer.
Finally the Swindon Trauma Group would also like to thank the support of the following organisations for helping to make the event possible to take place and help raise money for the four charities:
I have been working as the General Manager of the National Gulf Veterans & Families Association since 1999. I was married to a Gulf War Veteran from the first gulf conflict 1990-91. My work with the Charity is mainly dealing with the welfare side and tribunals, so looking after and advising ill veterans and their families.
My talk is around more to do with the “living with a Gulf War Veteran who has Gulf War Syndrome and PTSD” and the affects this has and the changes that need to be made to help not only them but the family.
The National Gulf Veterans & Families Association Charity’s Aims & Objectives:
The Charity's mission is to enhance and improve the quality of the day to day lives of all Gulf War veterans and their families who served in the Gulf Conflicts through support, information, advocacy and counselling.
To provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to be able to talk about the impact their service has had on their lives.
To educate and provide information for the public and health care professionals to assist and improve the support and health care provided for the veterans and their families.
Our Charity Services
• Welfare and advocacy
• Tribunal representation
• A 24 hour free phone helpline
• Fact sheets and guides
• The Oasis Times - A quarterly newsletter
• Website - with a members only area
• Members' online discussion forum with a private members section.
• A Facebook group
• Respite break - A yearly five day respite break for veterans and their families
• Welcome pack for new members
• Legal helpline - a one off free enquiry and advice on legal issues
• The NGVFA attends and organises a number of information and open day events around the country every year. Our aim is to visit each region of the country at least once a year.
• VIPA – (Veteran’s Information and Personal Archive) is a bespoke database collating unique information and statistical data regarding veterans from desert conflicts.
Frank Parkinson, a C of E Clergyman since 1962, previously served in the RAF as a National Serviceman and served 6 years in parish life before joining the army in 1967 as a chaplain. During this time he trained as a counsellor with Relate and became aware of psychological and family problems with service personnel and families during the troubles in Northern Ireland and after the Falklands' War and First Gulf War.
He pressed, unsuccessfully, for the psychological preparation of service personnel for the First Gulf War and for monitoring and help, where necessary, on their return. He was responsible for leading and training a team to Debrief the 85 British military families held hostage in Iraq before the First Gulf War broke out and conducted the psychological preparation and debriefing of the army War Graves' Registration Team.
He was involved in helping personnel following the Manchester Prison Riots, the East Midland's air-crash, the Baltic Exchange bombing and in Kenya, for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, after the bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi.
On retiring from the army from a senior appointment in 1992 he worked as a consultant and trainer on counselling and trauma and has worked with the Emergency Services, Social and Educational Psychology departments in many counties and with over 100 organisations. He was involved with individuals and groups following industrial accidents, armed robberies, fatal traffic accidents, fatal shootings, muggings, rape, bomb disposal work, murder, combat and other such traumatic events.
He lectured at Birmingham, Oxford Brookes, Gloucester and Cranfield Universities and especially at Bristol University for 25 years on courses for military personnel on general Welfare, PTS and PTSD and Bereavement and in teaching Psychological Debriefing to professionals. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University for 8 years and is the author of four books on counselling and trauma.
Retired, he now lives in Oxfordshire.
Patricia (Trish) Thomas
Trish Thomas was born in Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Maiden name - Duncan - clan motto 'Disce Pati' - Learn to Suffer - has proved prophetic! Extensive education MA Hons in medieval history and a Fellow Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Has worked in education including special needs support and engaged in extensive voluntary work.
Husband Andrew died by suicide in1994 - no bereavement support. First made contact with Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) in 1996 - then only a very small organisation and has seen the charity grow. Attended various SOBS workshops / conferences and in 1999 set up the Gloucester local branch of the charity, which continues to this day.
Trish has been a carer for many years. Married Andrew in 1974, whose mental health problems – starting in 1977, caused six disappearances which included suicide attempts and sadly culminated in his death in 1997. The consequences of these very traumatic events have been prolonged, not just affecting Trish’s health but also that of one of her two sons and particularly her daughter.
Trish uses Cognitive techniques including Thought Distraction to help her to relax. This includes - a good read, visiting historical and archaeological sites, museums and antiques fairs. Also loves her garden, of which Andrew would be proud and amazed.
'The work of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA), including dealing with psychological problems'.
SSAFA is the national charity helping and supporting those who serve in our Armed Forces and those who used to serve and families of both.
One day’s service in any of our Armed Forces is all that is needed to qualify for assistance of SSAFA. This includes those who serve in our Reserve Forces, as well as close relatives, widows and widowers. No two people have exactly the same experience whilst serving their country but they are all entitled to the support of SSAFA, if they face difficulties in civilian life.
Our trained caseworkers operate through a network of nearly 100 branches to support members of the ex-service community. They visit people in their homes to learn about and help with the problems they face. Anyone who approaches us is treated with dignity and respect. Each year we provide a reliable, caring and trusted service to more than 50,000 people.
Our volunteer caseworkers provide experienced non-judgemental and friendly advice. In addition we provide help to those with additional needs for equipment, home re-development and assistance in association with other charities and benevolent funds. Finally, where necessary, we provide emotional support for the lonely, ill or bereaved.
The Swindon Division is part of the Wiltshire Branch and deals with cases within most of the SN postcode area. We are all volunteer caseworkers from many different walks of life and many different ages and experience levels. It’s true to say that most the cases within a division deal with the ex-service community (local military establishments have their own in-service community). In turn most of our cases involve financial problems with a sprinkling of housing and mental health problems.
Finally we use funds donated to offer instant small-scale grants to clients where needed and to cover the costs of running the division and essential expenses for our caseworkers.
Forcesline is a free and 100% confidential helpline that is completely independent of the military chain of command. The experienced team provides a supportive, listening and signposting service for serving personnel and their families as well as former members of the Armed Forces. The free telephone support line is available 365 days a year and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The line is open from 10.30am - 10.30pm (UK time). In addition Forcesline offers a confidential email and postal service. Additional information, including telephone numbers can be found at www.forcesline.org.uk
Swindon Young Carers supports children and young people up to the age of 18, who are responsible for looking after a member of their family who may have physical or learning difficulties, long term illness, mental health problems, or misuse of drugs, or alcohol.
Swindon Young Carers can offer individual support for young carers, and their families as well as a range of fun activities and regular groups to give them a break. We also work with schools and other services to raise awareness of this largely hidden group.
'Thought for the Day' prompts message from Great Nephew