Providing a forum for
multi-disciplinary professionals
to share ideas and knowledge
relevant to the field of psychotrauma...

Welcome to UKPTS

Aims of UKPTS

  • To provide a forum for multi-disciplinary professionals working in the field of psychotrauma to share ideas and knowledge relevant to their work in the field
  • To provide considered, and evidence based, comment on psychological trauma on behalf of the membership in order to aid those who might be affected by traumatic events
  • To provide a forum for health professionals that lead clinical traumatic stress services to meet and share best practice and informal peer supervision (this forum is called the UK Trauma Group; it is now a subgroup of the UKPTS)
  • To provide members with access to quality, affordable CPD events that will support the continuing development of best practice in the field of psychotraumatology
  • To promote practice, guidance and policy which has as its aim the alleviation of suffering as a result of psychological trauma through dissemination of evidence based prevention, early detection and treatment
  • To maintain a close relationship with the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and other organisations with an interest in traumatic stress

The 10th Annual UKPTS Conference 

Will be held Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Venue: Craiglockhart Campus of Edinburgh Napier University, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

To register for the conference click here

ESTSS:  All workshops are expected to be ESTSS certified

Please note that coaches have been arranged to transport delegates to and from the conference venue. This is free of charge to our delegates. The pick up points are as follows:

Pick Up Point One

Waterloo Place Coach Pick Up Point

at 08:00

Pick Up Point Two 

Haymarket Hotel

at 08:20. 



ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology

From 2010 all UKPTS members are also full members of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) which is the accrediting body for the Certificate in Psychotraumatology. Once you have received your ESTSS membership number and log in details you can register for the Certificate via the ESTSS website.

Traumatic Stress Management Guidance

The UKPTS has been working to produce evidence based best practice guidance for organisations whose staff are routinely exposed to traumatic events as a result of their work. This guidance is also endorsed by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The UKPTS consider that adopting the principles enshrined in the guidance document should become the 'norm' for trauma-exposed organisations and lead to improvements in the health, well-being and productivity of individuals working in highly challenging environments.

A downloadable version of the UKPTS position paper on Torture, Coercive Interrogations and Cruel and Degrading Treatment can be found by following this here

The Board Members

The United Kingdom Psychological Trauma Society was formed after intensive discussion in and between the UK Trauma Group (UKTG) and BICESTSS which it now replaces. The inaugural board was formed by 12 members of UKTG. Nominations for the board were agreed and sanctioned at the AGM at the 2nd Annual meeting, Edinburgh 23 February 2010. Current board members are:

Robin Bennett


Anne Douglas


Cherie Armour


Neil Greenberg


Sarah Heke




Mark McFetridge


Gill Moreton


Brock Chisholm


Laura Toplis


Sarah Ward-Lilley


Naomi Wilson

Co-opted Members

Fred Piggott


Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees