During 2019 Robert Gordon University (RGU) conducted a mixed methods study evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the Psychological Wellbeing Programme provided at the PTC.
The outcomes of the study were published in early 2020 and concluded that the results demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in health, anxiety, depression and wellbeing after completion of the programme.
Positive outcomes were observed at the end of the two week period and at a six week follow up point, although the greatest effects were felt after the two week residential stay.
The study observed that the programme met or exceeded the expectations of the participants. Overall, the study also demonstrated that the Officers felt that the Programme was effective and highly regarded.
Recommendations from the study were to focus on and evaluate the medium to long term impacts of the Programme and to consider a more formalised follow up consultation and peer support. This is something the Clinical Team will be reviewing.
“It's kind of exceeded my expectations because it's taught me a lot of things that I can use long-term that I can carry on with myself”
“It was just, to be honest, it was a life changing experience for me”
“They actually obviously cared. It wasn't apparently cared, they obviously cared. They are very committed up there and they take a vested interest in every one of you.”