The Institute is delighted to announce a new Joint Award in Hoarding Practice for professionals who could encounter hoarding disorder or chronic disorganisation in the course of their work. Hoarding disorder was recently classified as a distinct mental health condition and until now there has been no accredited training provision in the UK for professionals who are supporting individuals affected by this condition. Approximately 4-6% of the population are affected by hoarding issues.
Linda Fay, founding director of Life-Pod CIC, and the UK’s sole chronic disorganisation and hoarding specialist has developed, in collaboration with Sue Hudson Craufurd, MINT Trainer, a learning pathway to understand and manage this complex condition. This training programme is essential for professionals from housing associations, Local Authority and NHS workers involved in housing, health and social care and support staff and will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to help clients affected by clutter and hoarding.
The learning pathway is the first of its kind and includes courses in:
• Hoarding Awareness & Interventions
• Helping People Who Hoard
• Motivational Interviewing
And provides a unique opportunity for individuals to work towards becoming a Certified Hoarding Practitioner.

Jackie McCabe, REHIS Director of Training would like to commend Linda for her hard work and dedication during the development of this much needed Joint Award programme.

The photograph shows Tom Bell, REHIS Chief Executive, Linda Fay, founding director of Life-Pod CIC, signing the Joint Award Agreement with Sue Hudson Craufurd and Jackie McCabe at a meeting held in the REHIS Office.

For further details, contact Jackie McCabe, Director of Training at REHIS, 19 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh EH3 8HX or by telephone on 0131 229 2968 or by email at or Linda Fay by email at

J McCabe
Director of Training
December 2016