A welcome from our Dean

Working on the frontline has never been more challenging. For teachers and social workers, health and mental health professionals, and probation officers to name but a few, the challenges can feel insurmountable. As a Trust we seek to influence public policy wherever possible to improve our systems and increase funding for mental health services and related initiatives. We also provide education and training which enable all frontline professionals to work in more meaningful, effective, and rewarding ways with service users and each other.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust provides transformational learning experiences that equip and empower our learners to respond to these challenges. Informed by our own clinical experience in the NHS, social care, schools, criminal justice and other sectors, and informed by our research, and implementation and evaluation of innovative clinical interventions, we work in close partnership with Health Education England and professional bodies to ensure that your learning outcomes enable you to work effectively and satisfyingly in complex and difficult settings.

I hope this section of the website will give you, the prospective learner, an insight into the various professional and personal development opportunities on offer. Whether you wish to pursue a change of career or be supported to develop your current knowledge and skills base further, there are exciting options for you to explore.

A developmental perspective informs the work we do: in education and training, clinical provision, research and consultancy. Your development is at the heart of our mission. Our training programmes fundamentally assist learners to develop their capacity for reflectiveness and personal awareness, foster engagement with others and build resilience. These competencies will enable you to make a powerful contribution to meet the emotional and psychological needs of the people we strive to help.

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Whichever programme you are considering joining, I take pride in the knowledge that you will experience the hallmarks of our approach to teaching and learning:

  • You will be taught by a faculty of clinical educators who understand the key challenges and issues you face in whatever environment you work or endeavour to work in.
  • You will engage in dialogue and benefit from input from different disciplines and perspectives.
  • You will be part of a vibrant student group who will augment and enrich your learning experience.
  • On our clinical courses, you will benefit from studying in the NHS, experiencing a diverse caseload, adhering to stringent clinical governance procedures and having the opportunity to engage with innovative clinical services.

We are delighted our recent student survey has shown again high levels of student satisfaction. We are confident we can provide a first rate learning experience which is accessible and open and truly reflects the diversity of modern Britain.

All of our staff, from faculty to professional support services, are focused on helping you maximise your experience and helping you work in or towards your chosen career. We have a range of people available to assist you in thinking through your decisions and choices.

Don’t leave it here, come and visit us at one of our open events or get in touch and start a conversation.

Brian Rock

Director of Education and Training and Dean of Postgraduate Studies

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Brian Rock, our Director of Education and Training, and Dean of Postgraduate Studies