New NHS Highly Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic now open

*** PLEASE NOTE: The previous OCTC PRIVATE CLINIC is now permanently closed ***



Warneford Hospital, Oxford

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Director: Professor Paul Salkovskis, Consultant Psychologist 

Clinic Lead: Joy McGuire, Consultant Cognitive Behaviour Therapist


We are pleased to announce the opening of a new NHS clinic in Oxford from 24 April 2019.


Who will this clinic see?

This clinic will concentrate on treating anxiety related problems initially (including OCD, hoarding, panic disorder – with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social phobia, hearing voices, psychological problems related to chronic illnesses). We will consider looking at other problems on a case to case basis. As a training clinic we may have interns from time to time (see below).
The people we will see will usually have accessed their local services previously but, for whatever reason, the treatments they have been offered have either not helped, or have not helped lasting way. However, it is not a requirement that people will have had previous therapy.
We will be offering psychological therapies based upon those recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for specific problems. This usually involves a specialist course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) specifically designed for the problem the person is experiencing and the ways it affects them. It is very common for people to have more than one problem, and each person’s story and situation is unique. We aim to work alongside people to understand their problems and to develop a psychological treatment programme specific to individual needs.


Who can refer to this clinic?    

We accept referrals made by any NHS health professional for adults living in the UK who are experiencing the kinds of problems listed above. In some instances, we may be able to offer therapy for children and adolescents under the age of 18 years.
The responsible local funding authorities must formally authorise this referral, using a specific form, which we will provide. If you would like to pursue a referral the first step is to discuss this with your GP or other health professional who is responsible for your care for advice.

Information for referrers can be found here:

What happens next?

Once a formal written referral, referral form and authorisation of funding form, is accepted we aim to offer an assessment meeting within 18 weeks. A typical assessment meeting takes around 2-3 hours and involves a combination of talking about the problem and completing questionnaires about your experience of the problem. We may also ask you to complete questionnaires before attending the assessment meeting.
Please note that the health professional referring should not discontinue offering routine care after making a referral to us.


Clinic Therapists

All our lead therapists are highly skilled and experienced. We will offer the most appropriate therapist to meet your needs, based upon availability. Professor Salkovskis maintains an overview of the clinic and those seen in it. Each person’s situation and treatment plan will be discussed with him regularly. We are a training clinic, so from time to time the lead therapist will be joined by an intern, that is, an advanced trainee CBT therapist. Interns will work along side lead therapists and may conduct some sessions separately, but always under close supervision.
This is an NHS clinic; we are unable to offer therapy on a privately funded basis.



Following assessment, we will be able to discuss treatment options which may involve attending our clinic in Oxford for a mutually agreed number of sessions. In some instances, this may involve treatment being offered at home for some sessions of “outreach” work. This is an option we consider if, due to an individual’s problem, they experience significant difficulty leaving their home or travelling. We may also recommend support or treatment elsewhere, if we feel this would better meet the person’s needs.
We can only progress with assessment and/or treatment once formal authorisation, in writing, is given by local funding authorities.
We will seek to liaise closely with local services during assessment and treatment. We are keen to do this so that once people have completed treatment, they can receive ongoing support, should they require it, from health professionals closer to home.

Unfortunately, we are unable to engage in any discussion about specific cases in detail until our clinic is open to accept referrals.

You can find answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQ section.

 Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • When will the clinic open? The clinic is now open to referals.
  • How Long after the clinic opens can I 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. 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, in this clinic 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 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 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.
  • 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 disorder, panic disorder – with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social phobia, hearing voices, psychological problems related to chronic illnesses.

If you have a question that is not addressed above, then do please email us at the email address below.
We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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