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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Bipolar service (MDS)

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose as it has a range of presentations. Its effects however can be devastating and it has one of the highest suicide rates of any mental health condition.


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The bipolar service provides specialised assessment and psychological interventions for service users (aged 16+ in Solihull and 25+ in Birminham), with a diagnosis or query diagnosis of bipolar disorder. An integrated treatment approach is delivered which embraces the use of both pharmacotherapy and psychological interventions to secure the best outcomes for those with bipolar disorder.

The Bipolar service (MDS) programme is based on a recovery model and incorporates the following modules into its programme all of which play an instrumental part in the long-term management of bipolar disorder.

The Mood On Track programme consists of the following:

• Comprehensive specialist assessment,

• Mood on Track course, 10 sessions,

• individual relapse prevention, 4-6 sessions (with family members if appropriate),

• monthly newsletter – provides a vehicle to reinforce and consolidate skills taught on the Mood On Track course,

• Monthly support groups – offered to all who have attended the Mood On Track course, used as an opportunity to gain further support, meet with other group members and provide either specialist refresher sessions on aspects of mood management or visiting speakers to talk on relevant topics for mood management. The group is facilitated by staff from the service but the contents of the support meetings are decided in advance by attendees.


• Specialist CBT based workshops to respond to specific needs (for example anger, perfectionism, depression, motivation, stress, anxiety and family focused workshops have taken place).


• Individual consultancy to staff working in the trust.


• Training in response to requests from within the trust; for example delivery of relapse prevention training to staff working in community mental health teams.


• Consultancy to external employers on reasonable adjustments (at service user’s request).


Currently referrals are received from the secondary mental health teams across our trust.