COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Rationale for TEMPO training

Mental health professionals are not trained to communicate with people with psychosis about voices and paranoia.

People with psychosis often want to talk about their unusual experiences, for example "a snake wants to bite me" or "people are drilling holes in my head".

It can be difficult for psychiatrists to know how best to respond and engage people in treatment.

The TEMPO training has been developed by experts in communication, psychosis, medical communication skills, psychiatrists and service users. It is based on research over 15 years analysing real video-recorded psychiatric consultations.