© PROMISE 2016 - All Rights Reserved | Em@il:promise@cpft.nhs.uk


PROactive Management of Integrated

Services & Environments



Ruth Vickerstaffe

Senior Occupational Therapist, Oak Wards, CPFT

I have recently joined the trust in March of this year. Prior to this I worked in the adolescent service at St Andrews Healthcare. Working predominately with a mixed gender neurodevelopmental and challenging behaviour population. Here I trained as a sensory integration practitioner and regularly delivered ASI and theraplay based interventions. In addition to this I was part of a team setting up a DBT service for adolescents. Earlier in my career I worked at Rampton Hospital in the DSPD (Dangerous and Serve Personality Disorders unit government pilot scheme) for 5 years. Before this I worked briefly in Portsmouth in physical health.

Annelies Franklin

Senior Occupational Therapist, PD Pathway, CPFT  

I am the lead occupational therapist for the Personality Disorder Community Service, having worked in adult mental health for the last 8 years, predominantly in inpatient settings. I have a strong interest in Sensory Integration and am about to begin my post graduate training in SI so that I can utilise this approach in my work, particularly to look at the reduction of self harm with people who have personality disorder. 

Sensory Space – Sensory Approaches in Mental Health


Our presentation will offer you a whistle stop tour of where we are and where we have come from in regards to introducing sensory approaches to adult mental health services at CPFT.  It will explain why sensory integration is a valid and effective approach to use with our service users, and how there are times when a bottom up approach is required rather than a top down approach to therapy. The presentation will touch on the neuroscience framework that underpins the theory. It will set the scene for how using these approaches can be used in daily life and within in patient setting can alongside other interventions  reduce the use of physical restraint.