FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- When will the clinic open?
The clinic is now open to referrals.
- How long will it take for me to be seen?
The important thing is that we receive a completed referral form (which we will provide to the referring health professional) accompanied by a formal, written authorisation of funding for assessment from your local authority (CCG) once the referral has been accepted. We will then aim to offer you an assessment interview within 18 weeks.
Following the assessment, we then need to consult your funding authority who must formally authorise the treatment plan.
- Can I ask to see Professor Salkovskis?
We will carefully consider every referral we receive and will allocate the most appropriate therapist based on your needs and therapist availability. Professor Salkovskis meets with all staff regularly and oversees therapy offered. He will work directly with some patients, usually working jointly with advanced clinic interns.
- Does the clinic only accept NHS referrals local to Oxford?
We will accept referrals for anyone living in the UK experiencing the problems mentioned in our clinic information page subject to NHS funding approval.
- Do I need to have had previous NHS treatment to get a referral to the clinic?
We don't require that people have had previous NHS treatment to seek referral. We do advise that you discuss your needs with your GP and/or a health professional responsible for your care as a starting point.
- Is a Yale Brown Test a requirement to be seen?
No. We do ask people referred to our clinic to complete questionnaires, but it is not necessary for people to reach a specific level of difficulty before we can see them.
- Does this clinic see private patients as well as NHS patients?
No, we only accept NHS referrals.
- Does Professor Salkovskis see patients privately?
Neither Professor Salkovskis nor any of the clinic therapists see patients privately in this clinic.
- Can you recommend other therapists or clinics closer to where I live?
Occasionally, following detailed assessment of a person's needs, we may recommend an alternative to the kind of therapy we can provide.
However, in general, we do not recommend any other clinic or therapist. We do advise people who are looking for therapist closer to home to look on the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy website www.babcp.org and click onto the "find a therapist" section where you will find a list of BABCP accredited CBT therapists.
- Does the Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Treatment Centre offer residential treatment?
Usually therapy will be offered on an outpatient basis with people attending our clinic in Oxford. In some instances, we will provide outreach sessions in people's homes, dependant on their needs. We do not offer residential, inpatient therapy.
- What type of problems will be treated? As a highly specialist clinic we are prepared to work with a wide range of problems, many of which will involve multiple issues. Broadly speaking these problems will be linked to the following problem descriptions: OCD, hoarding, panic disorder – with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social phobia, hearing voices, psychological problems related to chronic illnesses.
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