Trauma Informed Care

The AHSN NENC is supporting the delivery of the national trauma informed community of practice with the aim of promoting good evidenced practice, shared learning, shape 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 700 members. Members include a range of organisations, perspectives, and specialities in mental health across England who are leading on trauma informed developments.

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. Elaine Readhead and Anne Richardson from the AHSN NENC are both members with Anne joining in a supporting role.


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


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)