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The essential documents we need to receive are a completed referral form (we provide this form to your referrer) accompanied by a formal, written authorisation of funding for assessment from your locality (usually your Clinical Commissioning Group, CCG). We will aim to offer you an assessment appointment within 8 weeks. 

Following the assessment, we will write to your referrer who will consult with your funding authority to formally authorise the treatment plan. Once funding is approved for treatment we will arrange your treatment sessions with you as soon as possible. At times there may be a delay of several months before we can start treatment; we will keep you informed of any waiting time.
 

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.

OHSPIC considers each referral on a case by case basis.  It is very common for people to have more than one diagnosis or difficulty, and each person’s story and situation is unique. OHSPIC can accept referrals for people who already have a diagnosis of ASC or who suspect that they might have ASC. We are not a specialist ASC clinic and we do not offer diagnostic assessments of autism, but we can offer assessments where the features and impact of ASC are considered and separated from symptoms of anxiety disorders and / or trauma. The assessment process would seek to understand the problems you are experiencing and develop a psychological treatment programme specific to your individual needs. There is evidence to say that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be effectively delivered to treat anxiety problems and OCD in the context of ASCs, when appropriate modifications are made to session structure and content. OHSPIC may be able to offer such treatment following assessment (and the required funding) if the primary problem is the anxiety disorder. If ASC appears to be the primary problem, or there are additional needs that OHSPIC could not effectively work with, we may provide recommendations for treatment to be delivered elsewhere.
 
Further help can be found at: National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)

We are not able to provide out of hours or crisis support.  If you require urgent help, please contact your GP or local mental health services and follow the advice given below:

Where to get urgent help for mental health - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

OHSPIC is a national service accepting referrals from NHS clinicians throughout the country. Service users in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire can access national services once local services have provided all possible care. The referral process would then follow the same process as referrals from other Trusts, where the referrer requests funding from the Care Commissioning Group (CCG; a committee that considers requests for national funding on an individual basis).

OHSPIC is an NHS clinic. We accept referrals from any NHS professional. Your GP or local mental health services can refer you.