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Welcome to OXICPT: Course values and Philosophy 

The following values underpin the high quality training provided at OXICPT.

1. Developmental perspective

We aim to help trainees develop by focusing on their individual strengths, developmental needs and learning capacity.  Our training takes place within a supportive, enabling and facilitative framework using a shared adult learning model. In doing so we aim to ensure the trainees achieve appropriate standards for practice within the NHS so that they can deliver effective practice and high quality care that is sustainable throughout their career.  We also understand that trainees may be employed in a range of health, social and third sector settings.  As part of our commitment to quality the institute's doctoral course is one of the few to offer three placement visits for each placement.  This fosters good communication, learning and early intervention.  The institute also aims to support the parallel development of the staff team, and local supervisors to promote innovations and improvement in training.  This is done through staff development and the provision of training to the local clinical psychology community through the supervisor training programme and the professional development programme workshops.

2. Integrated skills

The training provided by the course integrates academic, clinical, research and professional competencies. It aims to enable trainees to integrate multiple perspectives using a range of psychological models and interventions.  It also aims to promote a respect for difference in methods and conceptual frameworks.  We also aim for trainees to be self aware and reflective of this integrated practice. 

3. Reflective scientist-practitioner model

We promote a reflective scientist-practitioner model which appreciates the complexities of clinical decision-making, and that we need to intervene in complex and novel situations where the evidence base may be unclear.  It recognises the importance of taking account of ethical and contextual issues, as well as evidence based practice.

4. Competency and professionalism

With our institute values we seek to model competence, compassion, efficiency and professionalism in our psychological work.  It is important to integrate ethical standards in all aspects that would also include a respect for efficient systems with clear structures.  Those that train with us can expect to become client centred leaders that deliver services that are evidence based, compassionate and respectful.  Our quality mark integrates competency, dignity and capability.

5. Relationships

The institute strongly values and supports respectful working relationships at all levels within the institute and its interface with its broad range of stakeholders.  We intend to maintain and develop key strategic relationships with our key partners in the University of Oxford, with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, with Health Education Thames Valley, with Service Users and Carers and Harris Manchester College.  In addition we value the partnerships with our clinical psychology colleagues and service providers across the region.  We promote a collaborative and collegiate style of working which values respect, support and transparent communication. We acknowledge the need to develop and integrate diversity.  We also need to be responsive to challenges ahead and to be proactive in developing psychological thinking and other health and social care providers.  Within the institute team we aim to create a community that works well collectively and is open to different conceptual perspectives.

6. Leadership

The team aims to be transparent about decision making as far as possible for both the trainees and amongst staff members.  There is an emphasis on clear communication and consultation in decision making and feedback is sought about the impact of decisions made and reviewed. However, the team is also respectful of the boundaries between trainees’ personal and professional lives and personal issues are not openly shared amongst the team unless there is consent to do so and it is relevant.  The institute is also actively working with service users and carers to incorporate their perspectives into the programme that will enhance our client centred values.

7. Emerging values

The institute also intends to keep pace with emerging trends and values within healthcare in general.  Our overall aim is to translate the findings from evidence based research to clinical practice. We aim to flexibly apply our scientific competencies to provide services in a range of settings and health challenges.  We need to appreciate the need for economic efficiency and value for money and recognise the importance of being outcome orientated.  We need to explore the solutions to challenges in healthcare in terms of quality of responsiveness and compassion.  We also need to promote and develop ethnic diversity and resilience.  Through our relationships with service users and carers, trainees, clinical practitioners, commissioners and the broader academic community we aim to keep abreast of health developments, interventions and research.

 8. The NHS Constitution

At OXICPT, we subscribe to the NHS Constitution (2013), incorporating the principles, values, rights and responsibilities contained within.  


Updated December 2014