Trauma Informed Care

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The AHSN NENC is supporting the delivery of the national trauma informed community of practice with the aim of promoting good evidenced based practice, shared learning and to inform national policy and collaboration.

The community of practice is based around an NHS Futures online platform which includes occasional webinars and events. The platform is a place to discuss ideas and practice, gain consensus on topics, find validated resources, connect with others working on the same issue, engage in research and learn together about what trauma informed good practice looks like.

The Platform was set up in March 2020 and has now over 900 members. Members include a range of organisations, perspectives, and specialities in mental health across England who are leading on trauma informed developments.

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Trauma Informed Practice

There is a move in the UK towards making all our services and communities aware of the impact of trauma and adversity and how to offer ways to recover and heal. Trauma informed practice is required by the NHS Long Term plan for mental health resulting in NHSE-investing funding to set up a national community of practice around the development of trauma informed services in England.

Delivery so far

Work on the Trauma informed community of practice to date is included in these presentation slides and also includes:

Core Action Group

A Core Action Group was set up in March 2020 to shape the direction of the community of practice and to support its successful establishment. For further information on this project contact Divya Dinraj.

Open Narrative System

The Open Narrative System (ONS) is an open content management system for multiple categories of content. It was based on an idea by Angela Kennedy and created by a team at Northumbria University: Garry Elvin, Lee Walton and Petia Sice. Its development was funded by the Trauma Informed Community of Action.


An evaluation has been commissioned to establish whether the NHS Futures Platform is of value and meets the needs of members.

Download the Trauma Informed Care Evaluation Report


A reflective framework for mapping the implementation journey of trauma-informed care – User Manual and Forms

The ROOTS Framework – User Manual

A brief evaluation of the Trauma-informed community and its use of the FutureNHS Platform

TiCA Evaluation Report

Trauma-Informed Care  in Women’s Prisons – a co-produced rapid literature review

TICA Rapid Review

A Commissioning Framework for the Delivery of Trauma- Informed Care in Women’s Prisons

Commissioning Framework

Responding respectfully to staff who have lived experience of trauma

Is it safe to be myself -responding respectfully to mental health staff with lived experience of trauma

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Conducting Trauma-Informed Talking Therapy Assessments

Trauma-Informed Assessment Guidelines


The online tool helped members of the Trauma Informed Care Community of Action  to reach consensus on some statements relevant to Trauma Informed Care.

Download An Online System for Consensus and Opinion Development

Current NHSE funding runs until the end of March 2021 and will be subject to review in May 2021. In the interim the Northern England Clinical Networks are funding this project until September 2021.

This briefing is relevant to anyone who wishes to make a positive contribution to the recovery and care outcomes of people impacted by trauma, and to the well-being of the staff who support them.

Download Buildings Speak to Us: The Need for Trauma Informed Environments (July 2021) 

This rapid review aimed to identify the evidence for trauma-informed and trauma specific care in female prisons

Download Rapid Review

These guidelines are for people who conduct assessments or initial meetings in community-based talking therapy services in the NHS and third sector. The guidelines are intended to support the safe, trauma-informed assessment of all clients, including trauma survivors

Trauma-Informed Assessment Guidelines