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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Policy

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 South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ‘The Trust’ provides Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to patients in our care as there is substantial evidence to support it’s effective treatment for a severe depressive illness, a prolonged or severe manic episode and catatonia (NICE - Guidance on the use of ECT (2003) & NICE CG90 Depression in Adults Recognition and Management (2009).

The Policy and SOP incorporates recommendations from the current ECT Handbook Royal College of Psychiatrists, January 2004, NICE Guidelines for ECT (2003 & 2009) and The Royal College of Psychiatrists ECT Accreditation Scheme (ECTAS), December 2013. Anaesthetic and recovery policies incorporate recommendations from the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Guidance on the provision of anaesthetic care in the non-theatre environment (2011).


Link to the full Policy:

 Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Policy

 Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis:

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Policy & SOP - EIA

Link to the Standard Operating Procedure:

 Electroconvulsive Therapy(ECT) SOP

Link to the Associated Documents:

Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) Pathway Documents