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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. We will then aim to offer you an assessment interview within 8 weeks.
Following the assessment, we then need to consult your funding authority who must formally authorise the treatment plan. Once funding is approved for treatment we will aim to offer you your first session within 8 weeks.

We will carefully consider every referral we receive and will allocate the most appropriate therapist based on your needs and therapist availability. Our team, including, Professor Salkovskis, meet regularly.

We will accept NHS referrals for anyone living in the UK experiencing the problems mentioned in our clinic information page subject to NHS funding approval.  This is a national NHS clinic.  Referrals have to be made by your GP or other NHS professional. We can not accept privately funded referrals.

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.

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.

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. It may also be the case that, after assessment, the recommendation is for you to start or continue working with your local team and in this instance we may provide supervision or consultation to the member of staff you work with, as required.

Usually therapy will be offered on an outpatient basis with people attending our clinic at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford. In some instances, we will provide outreach sessions in people's homes, dependant on their needs. We do not offer residential, in patient therapy.

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, emetophobia, hoarding disorder, panic disorder – with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma; also these issues during the perinatal period.