A group of colleagues and I founded The Oakdale Centre in 1998. Since then, the centre has provided a multi-disciplinary psychological therapies service across the age range.
I met Sarah a couple of years after that when she approached us with a view to developing her private practice at the Centre. I was immediately drawn to her warmth, authenticity, curiosity and the care and compassion she showed her clients. She is a gifted and knowledgeable clinician and highly regarded as such in her field.
Sarah and her family then returned to Scotland and we met up again when she came back to Yorkshire and told me about the work she had been doing on what is now known as the BUSS model. I read her first book and listened to her talk passionately about what she had discovered.
We soon agreed to work together and I was honoured when she asked whether the Oakdale Centre might collaborate with her to extend the reach of the BUSS model by setting up programmes to train practitioners and work with young people and their families.
I feel fortunate to be involved in this ground-breaking initiative that is profoundly improving the well-being of children with developmental trauma.
My role in BUSS is to provide the corporate infrastructure and organisation structures required to support Sarah in the roll-out the BUSS model.
This role is an absolute joy and I feel privileged to be part of this exciting venture.
I’m the Clinical Director at the Oakdale Centre. My key role as Clinical Lead is to support the clinical work of practitioners, ensuring high-quality assessments and evidence-based interventions are provided. I am also Safeguarding Lead.
Professionally, I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Systemic Practitioner and EMDR Therapist and registered with the Health Professionals Council. My background is largely within child and family mental health, neuro-developmental disorders and learning disabilities. My roles prior to Oakdale included being Clinical Lead for services across London, Leeds and South Gloucestershire providing Positive Behaviour Support to families where the home placement is at risk of breakdown due to challenging behaviour.
Part of my role at the Oakdale Centre is to provide clinical support and leadership to the Adoption Support Service which provides specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions to young people who are adopted and their families. Here, my specialist interests include the neuroscience of developmental trauma and the impact of early adverse events on the developing brain.
As such, I have been delighted to be involved with the BUSS programme and the wonderful work of Sarah Lloyd. I have first hand experience of the positive outcomes following a BUSS assessment and treatment plan. My role in supporting the implementation of the BUSS model has included providing support to ensure the model is continually evaluated using feedback from both professionals and parents as well as supporting the development and quality of the BUSS training offered to professionals.
After first working with Oakdale in 2008 I was delighted to rejoin as a Director in 2019 – particularly so because of the organisations guiding values and fundamental commitment to doing the very best job possible for the people we serve.
In between I have worked as Business Development Director, and then Operations Director, with Insight Healthcare; the UK’s largest non NHS provider of primary care psychological therapies. For more than ten years I worked at the forefront of the Department of Health’s flagship ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) programme, having led the expansion of IAPT into 36 regions around the UK. I have written about mental health and psychological therapies, as well as broader health and social issues, for the Independent newspaper, and contributed to national forums shaping mental health policy in the UK.
Alongside my work with Oakdale I am a Trustee of the registered charity North Yorkshire Sport; a role that compliments Oakdale’s mission in terms of the relationship between active, healthy lifestyles and good mental health.
Prior to this I trained as an economist and worked in the public sector with the Ministry of Defence.
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor and I was fortunate to join the team at Oakdale in 2017.
I began as a Case Manager which involved a number of responsibilities including: telephone assessments and triage, liaison and feedback with referrers and practitioners, administration support for our Adoption Support Service, BUSS, CPD courses and workshops as well as support with organisation development and marketing.
More recently I was delighted to become part of the leadership team and take on the role of Director of Client Services. Oakdale is committed to understanding and appreciating the needs of our clients and providing a quality service; my role is to support and develop our client services and relations and I am proud to work within a caring, responsive and highly skilled team. I am also a safeguarding officer committed to ensuring that safety is paramount for the individuals and families who access Oakdale.
I also offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people at the Oakdale Centre. I have worked in a variety of settings (voluntary and community organisations, educational settings and the NHS) with clients from diverse backgrounds experiencing a broad range of emotional and mental health difficulties.
I first joined the Oakdale Centre in 2010 and was delighted to be invited to rejoin the team as Operations Director in 2017. I have been responsible for building and implementing a new database designed for the services we provide and also have responsibility for all systems infrastructure services, finance and HR. I am proud of the work we do at the Oakdale Centre and see my role as being that of supporting the clinical services provided by the organisation.
Before joining the Oakdale Centre in 2019, I worked with young people in both schools and the community. I’ve had over 7 years experience working in Mainstream and Special Provision Education, specialising in working with young people with a range of difficulties and complex needs.
More recently I was part of a county-wide project that delivered person centred support to young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation. My role involved the delivery of training, producing intervention packages and working closely with both statutory and third sector providers to empower and safeguard young people across North Yorkshire.
At Oakdale my role has been as case manager, responsible for administration and triage of referrals as well as coordinator of special projects and I have been delighted to provide administrative support for the BUSS clinical service as well as arranging training events and being involved in the development of materials and the website.
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