How to make a professional referral

Most of our patients self-refer; however Primary Health Care Professionals can refer patients to our service on their behalf if they consent to the referral being made.

Our referral criteria

The NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies service is part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. We offer evidence-based psychological treatments to people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression or anxiety disorders, using a stepped care model. For more information, see Conditions we treat.

We also work with people who are experiencing difficulties or struggling to manage a Long Term Health Condition(s) or our Employment Advisors could help those who are struggling at work or are unemployed. For more information, see Specialist support and Other Services.

In accordance to NICE Guidelines, the evidence-based therapies that NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies offers include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfullness for Depression, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Couples Therapy for Depression, Insomnia Support and Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Anyone who is registered with a Bucks GP surgery, and who are aged 18 or over can be referred to the service.

NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies is unable to meet the needs of people who have a severe and enduring mental health problem like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders or Psychosis. People with these conditions may benefit from being referred to the local Adult Mental Health Team.

We would also be unable to meet the needs of those people whose drug and/or alcohol problem prevents engagement in psychological therapies.

If you are uncertain if NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies is the right service for your patient, contact us on 01865 901 600 and ask to speak with either the SPA team or the Duty Manager.

Weight management support

Way Forward Bucks (WFB) is a year-long programme for people who have previously been unable to lose weight or maintain previous weight loss using community services, such as WW or Slimming World. The programme includes dietetic support, physical activity guidance, and has a strong emphasis on psychology to support behavioural change which in turn encourages individual health gains.

All referrals to this programme need to be made by a registered GP or another medical professional, such as a practice nurse.

Please note that due to the medical information required, only professionals can refer to WFB.

Page last reviewed: 24 March, 2023