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Regional Trauma Network

Regional Trauma Network

What is the Regional Trauma Network?

The Regional Trauma Network (RTN) is a managed care network that connects specialist trauma care by drawing on existing resources and expertise from the statutory and community and voluntary sector.

This network delivers a comprehensive regional trauma service across HSC Trust Services, the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) and their funded community and  voluntary organisations to enable those experiencing psychological trauma related difficulties to access support at the right place at the right time.

What is Psychological Trauma?

Psychological trauma is a mental and emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing.

Everyone processes a traumatic event differently, and our individual reactions cover a wide spectrum of behaviours and responses.  Often, shock and denial are typical reactions to a traumatic event. Over time, these emotional responses may fade, but a survivor may also experience reactions long-term.  These might include, for example: flashbacks, unpredictable emotions, and feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

The Regional Trauma Network aims specifically to meet the needs of those experiencing psychological trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD).