It is helpful to discuss the referral with your patient. It is useful but not always essential for them to be well motivated. Sometimes motivation is arrived at through a lengthy period of engagement. We would be looking for a willingness to try something different and a desire to change.
Include with the referral as a minimum:
Always email to notify of the referral. The referral is not a transfer of care and we will need to assess the person for the programme, look at the current milieu and the waiting list. It is a requirement for patients within the Personality Disorder Service to remain care coordinated throughout their treatment.