Mental Health Services at UMC

The University Medical Centre provides a range of Mental Health and Psychological Support Services.

On this Page:
For All Patients:
UMCPT  (IAPT- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
Eating Disorders
For Students Only:
Psychiatric Liaison
Psychosexual Medicine

Psychological Therapies (UMCPT)

UMCPT is a Talking Therapies service established by the Medical Centre since December 2012. The service is part of the national drive to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). You may hear the service referred to as an IAPT Service.

At the Medical Centre we are aware that each year nearly a quarter of us experience difficulties with common psychological problems such as anxiety, low mood, depression, low self-esteem, stress, phobias and trauma. Some of these problems may relate to relationships, loss, studies, debt or just everyday life.  We recognise that these difficulties have a considerable impact on our day to day lives and the aim of this service is to make help more readily available to those who need it.

We offer a range of different talking therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling, support and advice. A referral to the service can be made in one of two ways; via your GP or by telephoning the service directly to self-refer on 01227 469338.

We initially provide an assessment and then discuss the most suitable treatment options with you. These may include Psycho-educational workshops or classes, self-help guides or individual face to face or telephone treatment.

For more information about the service or to self-refer please call 01227 469338, alternatively you can click here to visit out UMCPT website.

Mild to Moderate Eating Disorder Service

The Medical Centre is pleased to be providing a pilot Eating Disorders service commissioned by Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group. This decision was in part the result of an on-line petition organised through the University of Kent Canterbury Students’ Union opposing the withdrawal of funding from our previous service and the lack of support identified locally for patients with established mild to moderate eating disorders.

This service is able to support patients suffering from an established Mild to Moderate Eating Disorder. For information on how to access the service please see the FAQs


We feel that it is vital that Students have robust Mental Health services to support them whilst studying.  At the University Medical Centre we provide two student only specialist Mental Health Services; Psychiatric Liaison Service and Psychosexual Medicine Service.

Psychiatric Liaison Service for Students

This service is for students with new or existing psychological problems who may need some short term support in a crisis to help them return to their usual day to day routine and studies. The service is run by 2 experienced specialist Psychiatric Liaison Nurses. They are able to offer an assessment followed by support work and potentially signpost you for further support from another specialist organisation. For information on how to access the service please see the FAQs

Psychosexual Medicine Service for Students

Sexual problems in young people can be very common. We recognise that psychotherapeutic treatment can be an important intervention to help young people manage sexual problems they may be experiencing. We offer a student only specialist Psychosexual Counselling service at the Medical Centre. The service is delivered by one of our GP Partners and Specialist Doctor in Psyhosexual Medicine, Dr Tim Noble. For more information on how to access the service please see our FAQs