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Our Cotswold House Oxford community service is a multi-disciplinary team,with staff from a variety of backgrounds, bringing different areas of expertise to the service.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist – David Viljoen
The Consultant Psychologist provides clinical leadership alongside the Consultant Psychiatrist and Modern Matron to the inpatient, day patient and community service.  He is part of the Eating Disorders Management Team and involved in the further development of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire  eating disorders services as well as the HOP New Care Models.

Assistant Psychologist Eimear Galvin and Lydia Smith

The Assistant Psychologists deliver a CBT-based, manualised, guided self-help intervention for patients with a diagnosis of binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa. Guided self-help is the recommended first line of treatment for both binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. The evidence-based manual that is followed at Cotswold House is ‘Overcoming Binge Eating’ by Professor Christopher Fairburn.

The Assistant Psychologists are also responsible for the collection and analysis of our patient questionnaires, which are completed by patients at assessment, start of treatment and end of treatment. This data allows us to measure our patients’ progress throughout treatment and also evaluate our interventions and service as a whole.

Family Therapist – Simon Cornwell

The Family Therapist provides systematic assessments and therapy to patients and their families and also runs the Families and Friends Group which is held monthly on a Saturday.

Speciality doctor – Anneke Marais

The Speciality Doctor attends to the medical needs of our patients. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is a training organisation, and the eating disorder service employs doctors at various levels of their postgraduate training. We have a part time Foundation Doctor, who rotates every four months, a psychiatric Senior House Officer, who rotates every six months, and there is an option for an advanced trainee to work in the team for 12 months.

Consultant Psychiatrist – Dr Alessandro Bruno – 2 days a week

The Consultant Psychiatrist has medical responsibility for the care of patients. He takes a lead, along with other senior members of the team, in assessment and multi-disciplinary team reviews, providing support in diagnosis, planning treatment, liaison with other agencies, teaching, research and monitoring work practices and performances. He is part of the Eating Disorders management ream and is involved in the development of the unit. He also takes on the role of Responsible Clinician (RC) according to the requirements of the Mental Health Act (1983).

Clinical Nurse Specialists – Jill Roberts and Joel Hawkins

The Clinical Nurse Specialists are part of the therapy team in the community service.  They will see anyone new to our team for up to ninety minutes, to get a full idea of both their present situation and what may have led up to their becoming unwell. They work individually with a wide range of patients.

Psychologists Team: Clinical Psychologists: Dr Rebecca Dale, Dr Hannah Wiseman, Dr Roshan Jones and Joanna Glebocka. Counselling Psychologists: Dr Keyong Ma and Dr Katerina Vasileiadou, Michael Urbasch

The team of psychologists offer assessment, formulation and psychological treatment. Working in the local eating disorders community team and inpatients, they play a key role in the multi-disciplinary team and with the delivery of the group programme.

Dietitians – Julie Lambert and Lucy Gardner

The Dietitian is a specialist source of expertise in the dietetic management of eating disorders. They work with the patients to develop an agreed meal plan and also contributes to the running of the group programme.

Dietetic assistant Kirstie Tillier

Kirstie is part of the dietetic team and her role is to support the dietitians in managing the dietary treatment of inpatients and day patients. She also works with the catering and nursing team with the provision of meals and any special dietary requirements as advised by the dietitians. She supports patients at mealtimes and snacks in the dining room and away from the unit. She supports the Occupational Therapy team in some of the food management groups – sandwich making and lunch prep.

Occupational Therapist Technical Instructor – Miriam Garcia

She works with both inpatients and day patients helping them lead a more independent life as well as participate in meaningful activities. Patients are guided to learn or re-learn new coping skills to replace  eating disordered behaviours. She facilitates a range of creative, practical and psychodynamic groups within the therapeutic group programme on the ward and work individually with patients on their independent eating, food shopping and cooking, clothes shopping and planning for after discharge.

Occupational Therapist – Ruth Collier 

The Occupational Therapists run a number of groups in the therapeutic group programme on the ward. They also work with individual patients with a focus on developing skills in preparation for discharge such as food shopping, cooking and also supporting patients in structuring their time when discharged such as locating employment (paid/voluntary), courses and leisure activities.

Social Workers

The social workers work across the out, day and inpatient service, providing support and information to individuals  and their families with day to day issues that impact on their lives. They are able to support people with benefits,  housing and debt and money worries. As well as support individuals looking for local community support groups / college / voluntary work and paid work. They also provides support to those with low confidence and self esteem, engaging with them with practical support to build confidence in the community which will enable them to overcome social exclusion and social anxieties.

Admin Team – Office Manager (Alison New), Admin Assistants (Shaune Todd and Trish Webster), Ward  Clerk (Donna Church)

Our admin team provide an efficient and comprehensive secretarial and administrative service to the unit. They manage all administrative duties and ensure all systems are in place for the effective running of the unit. Their duties include arranging meetings and sending out clinical information securely.

Last updated: 9 August, 2019