Tavistock and Portman Graduation 2019

25 March 2019

On Saturday we were delighted to hold the Trust annual graduation for student from 20 programmes, together with our partners the University of Essex and the University of East London (UEL). 

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Education and training at the Tavistock and Portman is distinctive. We are one of very few providers in the UK that can offer education within an NHS mental health clinical setting. This means that our students can get access to real-time, real-life case studies

The Logan Hall at the iconic Sir Dennys Lasdun building at the Institute of Education hosted our graduatiing class of 2019, featuring addresses from the Pro Vice-Chancellor at UEL, Prof. Verity Brown, and Dean of Partnerships at Essex, Prof. Dominic Micklewright, highlighting the achievements of the graduands and the special and distinctive learning experience from the Tavi.

This years recepient of an honorary doctorate was Dr Gail Lewis, an outstanding leader and scholar and who has engaged in various trainings here at the Trust and has now completed her adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist training.  The citation for Gail read by Katie Argent full of admiration and acknowledgement for Gail’s work, which included work as  a Reader in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, membership in the Brixton Black Women’s Group, and writing on feminism, intersectionality, the welfare state and racialised-gendered experience.  Gail’s determination and courage in speaking up and her passion for addressing deep rooted inequality does not make for comfortable reading or listening to but she does so with such thoughtfulness and a willingness to grapple with complexity.  It is especially satisfying to support the conferring of this award to someone who has a close connection with our organisation. Gail conveyed her deep appreciation of the significant learning and development for her since she has been engaged with us from 2006.

Jill Comfort gave a warm and appreciative Vote of Thanks on behalf of her fellow graduands.  She spoke of the ‘extraordinary’ commitment and input from everyone involved in their learning from faculty to professional staff.  The close involvement and commitment to the relationship with our students and the extent to which this underpins the learning experience was especially evident by our course leads presenting their students for their awards.

Brian Rock, Director of Education & Training and Dean of Postgraduate Studies said:

"The warmth and connection felt throughout the ceremony from our graduands, speakers and Trust leadership contributed to a very special occasion. I want to thank everyone who made the time to be there and helped make it such a wonderful celebration and offer my warmest congratulations to the graduands, their family and friends, for all their hard work and achievement."

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Once again graduation was a highlight in the Trust calendar, a inspiring and enjoyable occasion and a real endorsement of what our education work is all about. Working on the frontline in mental health is both rewarding and challenging, and we are heartened by the quality of teaching our students have received to meet these future challenges. "  


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