A welcome from our Dean

December 2021

As I write this welcome, it is clear that things will never quite go back to how they were before. While the pandemic has brought tremendous challenges and loss, it has also forced us to fundamentally rethink how we best meet the needs of our students and trainees.  

I am so incredibly proud of the early planning and work which allowed us to seamlessly move to an online delivery model when the pandemic hit, while ensuring we monitored both student and patient feedback  and engaged in properly structured Quality Improvement projects to learn from these changes. I was delighted to see that student experience and satisfaction were maintained and that through our policy of 'no-detriment' students did not miss out or fall behind in their plans to graduate or qualify. I’m incredibly proud of the creativity and commitment of faculty and professional services in achieving this and the manner with which we were able to make changes is a testament of the mature and mutually respectful relationship between our staff and student bodies.

As we plan for the next academic year we have a wealth of intelligence about how our students have benefitted from our online platforms and will be ensuring we retain those elements and the flexibility that worked best for them. This gives me further confidence to promote and recommend studying with us in 2022. 

As an educational institution and a clinical organisation we have a foot in each camp. Frontline workers have had to work in anxiety-provoking times while reassuring those they were there to support. The pace of changes, the novelty and unfamiliarity of necessary adaptations and difficulty to plan ahead have been relentless for many. As  a Trust, we provide education and training which enables professionals to work in more meaningful, effective, and rewarding ways with patients and each other. Drawing from 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 also work in close partnership with Health Education England, University of Essex and professional bodies to  ensure that your learning outcomes enable you to work effectively and satisfyingly in complex and difficult settings. Never has this been more crucial. 

I’m delighted our centenary celebrations reached so many – you can still catch the talks here. Our events programme is founded on a distinguished heritage and tradition combined with contemporary relevance and innovation. It also reflects our commitment  to making the Tavistock and Portman a genuinely diverse and inclusive  institution, to ensure all our trainings tackle head on issues of culture and race and to do we everything we can to make students from black or other minority ethnic backgrounds welcome. We know we have more to do but we are committed to an anti-racist  approach across our all our activities. Our tutors are also leading the way in ensuring our trainings are culturally sensitive, inclusive and reflect the needs of a post-heteronormative world. 

So despite the challenges and uncertainties, we are confident to be able to provide a first- rate learning experience which is accessible and open and aspires to reflect the diversity of modern Britain. 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. 

Your development is at the heart of our mission. We have a range of people available to assist you in thinking through your decisions and choices. Don’t leave it here, get in touch, attend one of our open events 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