A Family Survival Guide – Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs)

Bringing Us Together has always been about bringing together people and information and we are truly delighted to launch our Family Survival Guides.  Guides written for parents by parents.

So often, there is a lot of information out there but we either can’t find it or we find it too late.

Sometimes when we find it, it is written by someone who is a practitioner and although they have a lot of knowledge, it is difficult for them to truly understand what it feels like to be a family member going through this experience, or they use terminology that we haven’t heard yet.

Care and Treatment Reviews – Family Survival Guide

Finding the right information about Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) is something many families have told us they struggled with.  As part of our Stronger Together work, we have worked with families who have tonnes of personal experience of CTRs and we are so grateful that a team of them have spent hours for us putting this Guide together.

Our thanks go to Ian Penfold, Leo Andrade, Kath Bromfield, Sally Cullingworth, Deb Evans, Isabelle Garnett, Hazel Griffiths, Lisa Perry, Phill Wills, Lisa Cooks, Frances Steepe, Helen Swift and Julie Newcombe.  I am sure many of you will recognise the names and know that these are parents who have so much experience and knowledge to share.  None of this would have been possible without them. (click on the image to go to the Guide)

Family Survival Guide - Care and Treatment Reviews CTRs

Care & Treatment Reviews

What does the Survival Guide contain?

  • All about CTRs
  • Who does What
  • What makes a good CTR
  • Treatment Pathways / Tools
  • Medication (including STOMP)
  • Crisis Planning
  • Requesting a CTR
  • Preparing for the CTR
  • Surviving the CTR
  • After the CTR
  • Disagreements and escalation of concerns
  • Other helpful resources

We really do hope you find this Family Survival Guide useful.  We have plans for many more guides and would love to hear what you would find of use.  It can be any subject, just let us know.

Take a look at our Family Survival Guide page and check out the other guides – things we have written previously but collated for you – and let us know what you think.

It would be great if you could leave a quick comment to let the parents involved know what you think of the Guide.  Or if you prefer, you can email debs@bringingustogether.org.uk and she will forward your comments on.








BuT Site Admin

Debs is one of the co-founders and Directors of Bringing Us Together. She is mum to three child with a variety of SEND and has a great husband.

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5 Responses

  1. Jane Upton says:

    My son is in a mental health unit and assessed with autism, which is not confirmed which spectrum and with psychosis, he is on section 3 and I really want his autism diagnosis assessment as soon as possible as I am sure it is relevant. The initial form he filled in was lost and he needs to complete another, to give in tomorrow. I really feel a CTR would help him, he is 18. I’m not sure who to contact regarding this.

  2. Chris says:

    What excellent advice you give. Please keep up the good work, I am sure hundreds of people rely on your wise words

  3. Dame Christine Lenehan says:

    I am so pleased to see these guides up in print . What a fantastic piece of work , well done . I know these will be invaluable to parents and their supporters and will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. Thank you

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