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Autogenic Training within the NHS

The Autogenic Training Department at the Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine (RLHIM), formerly the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, has been teaching Autogenic Training in small groups for over 250 people a year for over 20 years since 1985.  The Department has grown and developed and is now part of the hospital’s Psychological Services Therapy Team.

Most patients attending the RLHIM have chronic health problems. Caught in a Symptom Stress Spiral of “Stress makes my symptoms worse – My symptoms stress me out”, they are referred for AT when it is clear to both doctor and patient that stress is having a negative impact on  their coping capacity, their well-being and their quality of life. This reflects increased awareness by both doctors and patients of the delicate balance of body, mind and spirit and that AT is an effective non-drug aproach that can help re-balance and restore resilience, health and well-being.

Referrals to Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine  
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine is part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and accepts all NHS referrals. Please click HERE to view the RLHIM Patient Leaflet on AT.  And, please click HERE to go to the RLHIM Autogenic Training Services website for a full explanation of the referral process.

Waiting Times
Courses start four to five times per year, with two therapists teaching them, so there is usually one starting within two months of any referral.

Location
RLHIM is conveniently situated in central London close to Russell Square and Holborn Underground stations, and within easy travelling distance from Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross Mainline stations.

Reports and Audits
Studies conducted at the RLHIM, at Exeter University, and around the world have evidenced that AT is a useful way of helping reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality while at the same time increasing positive emotions and a sense of personal well-being and control. Here are links to some of the research done on AT at the RLHIM.

Autogenic Training Prospective Cohort Study, impact of AT on insomnia: A recent audit of patients who have attended the Autogenic Training Clinic showed positive and interesting results. Click here to learn more: Bowden A, Lorenc A & Robinson N  (2012). Autogenic Training as a behavioural approach to insomnia: a prospective cohort study. Primary Health Care Research and Development, Apr;13(2):175-85.

People who learned Autogenic Training at the hospital participated in research to discover whether improved sleep could fruitfully be used as an outcome measure in health care research. Click here to learn more: Robinson N, Lorenc A & Bowden A (2010) Can improvements in sleep be used as an indicator of the wider benefits of Autogenic Training and CAM research in general? European Journal of Integrative Medicine, June;2(2):57-62.