The Oxford Course has a 30 year history of excellence, in training people to be effective Clinical Psychologists.
Trainees benefit from having access to some of the best clinical and academic resources in the country via the University of Oxford, the NHS and other agencies providing health and social care. All trainees become members of Harris Manchester College on admission to the Course and can make use of the facilities that the College has to offer, including dining rights and leisure facilities. The three year full-time course leads to the qualification of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) and eligibility for Chartered status by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a professionally qualified Clinical Psychologist. The Course benefits from being fully funded within the NHS, and trainees also have an employment contract with the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The Course supports trainees to become highly skilled, versatile and confident in their own ability. This is achieved through a dynamic and progressive academic programme; high quality placements in a broad range of specialty areas; and excellent research support and supervision. The philosophy of the Course stems from both the scientist-practitioner and the reflective practitioner models, and the Course is committed to drawing on a wide variety of theoretical orientations. Graduates from the Course will be equipped to practice at a high level of research and clinical competence, and within a reflective framework which will encourage the further learning and development of clinical skills. These attributes are attractive to future employers and past graduates from the Oxford Course have gone on to occupy senior positions in both clinical and academic settings. Most Course team members work clinically for part of the week and are able to use this experience to enhance the provision of clinical psychology training at Oxford. The Course has a substantial research programme in areas such as health psychology, eating disorders, neuropsychology, psychotherapy process, sexual and reproductive health and clinical supervision. The Course also benefits from its close proximity to centres of excellence for cognitive therapy, neuropsychology and spinal injuries. Trainees are given the opportunity to develop competencies in a range of different models including cognitive-behavioural, systemic, lifespan and psychodynamic and to deliver this in a variety of different ways. As training progresses trainees are supported to develop their own personal styles of working. The Oxford Course also places an emphasis on the importance and value of working with other professional groups.
The Course is based at the Isis Education Centre, located in the grounds of the Warneford Hospital, Oxford and has modern teaching rooms, seminar rooms, offices and other facilities. Trainees are on placement throughout the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire during the course of training. Some placements may involve a substantial amount of travelling, including within the placement itself. Car ownership and a valid driving licence are very important. Travel expenses, and cost of overnight accommodation on placement (where appropriate) are met by the employer. Throughout the three years of the Course, trainees are generally on placement three days a week and at the Isis Education Centre for teaching at least one day a week. The remaining day is allocated either to teaching, research activity, or private study depending on the stage of training. The academic programme is designed to synchronise with clinical placements in order to enhance and enrich the learning process.
Over recent years, the Oxford Course has made a number of substantial changes to the way in which training is delivered. These changes reflect our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of Clinical Psychology training. We take pride in the overwhelmingly positive feedback from current and past trainees and have an excellent track record in listening and responding to trainee input in all areas of Course policy and procedure.
The administrative and teaching base of the Course is the Isis Education Centre, in the Grounds of the Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford