Referring to day services in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

St Patrick’s Mental Health Service provides a range of day programmes for those living with a mental health difficulty. These programmes are held at both St Patrick’s University Hospital, James’ Street and St Patrick’s (formerly St Edmundsbury) Lucan. GPs can refer patients directly to a number of these programmes (listed overleaf). It is not necessary for the patient to have previously attended SPMHS prior to referral.

Referral process

There have been some changes in the way we process referrals for our day services and GPs can now refer to these programmes in the following ways:

  • You can refer electronically via the Healthlink portal by selecting St Patrick’s Mental Health Services from the private hospital list and then Psychiatric Referral Service from departments.
  • SPMHS is also connected to the Health Service Executive (HSE) Secure Healthmail Service, which is available for free to all GPs. You can send secure email queries to
  • Alternatively, you can download and complete a Referral form from Fax the completed form to the Assessment team at 01 249 3609 or post to Referral & Assessment Service, St Patrick’s University Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8.

The programme coordinator will contact the service user with an appointment for assessment or a start date. It is important to note that because these day programmes are closed groups, waiting lists are likely to be formed.

The outcome of the assessment, and programme start date will be communicated to the referrer in writing. A follow-up summary and any recommendations will be forwarded to the referrer when the programme is completed or if the service user decides to withdraw from the programme.  

If you have any queries, please contact the Referral & Assessment Service on (01) 2493 635 or you can contact our switchboard out of hours on (01) 2493 200.

Programmes currently available to external referrers

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

(St Patricks, James’ St)

Wednesday and Thursday, 7 hours, for 6 weeks

Learn tools & techniques to manage or prevent troubling symptoms through a structured plan.

WRAP Evening Programme (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

(St Patricks, James’ St)

Thursday Evening, 6pm to 9.30pm for 8 weeks

Aimed at those who cannot commit to a day programme due to work/college commitments.

Mindfulness Evening Programme (St Patrick’s, Lucan)

Wednesday Evening 5.30 to 9pm for 8 weeks

Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR) focuses on empowering people to open up to their experiences, be present and cultivate a kinder, more compassionate self.

ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)

(St Patrick’s, Lucan)

Tuesday 3.5 hours, for 8 weeks


Skills to help us become ‘unstuck’ and to manage difficult thoughts and emotion effectively

Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E)
(St Patricks, James’ St)

Wednesday half-days, 10-12.30 and Wednesday full days, 10-4

Psychological therapy for individuals who can manage recovery from their eating disorder in the community and do not require supervision of their eating

Mood Management with Mindfulness (St Patrick’s, Lucan)

Monday morning, 3.5 hours, for 8 weeks

Education and skills for those with a diagnosis of or being treated for, depression.


CFT-E programme

Our psychology department is accepting referrals for The Compassion Focused Therapy group for Eating Disorders (CFT-E). CFT-E is a 25-session group which offers a comprehensive psychological therapy for individuals who can manage recovery from their eating disorder in the community and do not require supervision of their eating. This group runs on Wednesdays in St Patrick’s University Hospital, with the next cycle beginning in May 2019. If you wish to request a referral form or discuss an individual’s suitability for this group, please contact either Dr Clodagh Dowling (Principal Clinical Psychologist, 01 249 3683) or Dr Elaine Crabtree (Clinical Psychologist, 01 249 3596).

All adult programmes available in St Patrick’s University Hospital are also available at St Patrick’s, Lucan.

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