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Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Intervention Centre (OHSPIC)

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Exclusive news for OCD-UK members

Late last year we reported there will be a new NHS specialist anxiety clinic, with a specific focus on treating OCD, opening its doors in Oxford during early 2019.  We're now able to bring you a little more information about the brand new Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Intervention Centre (OHSPIC).

The new clinic, named 'Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Intervention Centre (OHSPIC)' will be based at Warneford Hospital in Oxford and will begin accepting referrals from Spring 2019 (the exact date will be announced via the OCD-UK website, though this will be not be before April).

The clinic which will be led by clinical lead Joy McGuire and clinical director Professor Paul Salkovskis will concentrate on treating OCD and other anxiety related problems initially (obsessional hoarding, panic disorder – with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social phobia etc) but will eventually offer treatment for psychosis and trauma related difficulties.

The clinic will eventually 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, the clinic may also be able to offer therapy for children and adolescents under the age of 18 years.  Before treatment can commence, local clinical commissioning groups must first authorise the treatment.  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, although please note the clinic can not accept referrals until later in Spring.

The clinic will be offering psychological therapies based upon those recommended by NICE guidelines for specific problems, for OCD this involves a specialist course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) specifically designed for the person  and the ways OCD affects them. It is very common for people to have more than one problem, and each person’s story and situation is unique, and the clinic will tailor treatment packages for the individual and their needs.

Visit our website for more information - https://www.ocduk.org/new-specialist-ocd-clinic-oxford/

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Interesting that the centre will specialise in illnesses that are amenable to CBT and CBT related therapies. It is good that they will also deal with psychosis. Although CBT for psychosis is proven to be effective only 5% of those with this diagnosis receive this therapy. As a man with more than one diagnosis with OCD behaviours being prevalent for some years I wonder if more than one condition will be treated at the same time. I think they will in that they will follow the principles of the Centre for Anxiety and Trauma. 

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Hi Ashley,

I would love to be referred to the Oxford Clinic but I'm a bit concerned about asking my CMHT for a referral. Do you know whether the clinic will ever accept central/ national funding?

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Honest answer is I don't know BelAnna.   The pot of money is small, and I assume to give Oxford part of the pot would mean the existing clinics would have to lose a share of the pot... I think.  I keep hearing rumours the central/national funding may be pulled... but I have ben hearing those rumours years and it's still there.

What is your worry about the CMHT?  Anything I can help with?

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