“Experts by Experience and Clinical Psychologists working together using psychological values and practice to enable positive life changes and to offer hope and humanity to all”.
The DCP has developed this Strategy over the last few years. It was jointly initiated and overseen by a number of Experts by Experience (EbE) and clinical psychologists who share a commitment to working together in partnership. By ‘Expert by Experience’, in this context, we mean service users, carers and members of the general public with direct or indirect experience of working with clinical psychologists, in a non-professional capacity. There has been preliminary discussion of the fact that there are many clinical psychologists who would also describe themselves as Experts by Experience and this will be considered further over the next year.
We have an Experts by Experience Strategy Steering Group and, in addition, many of our Faculties and Branches are making great strides in co-working and co-production.The current membership of the Experts by Experience Strategy Steering Group is:
- Jo Hemmingfield - DCP EbE lead for England
- Julia Faulconbridge - DCP UK Chair
- Annie Mitchell - DCP South-West Branch
- Simon Mudie - DCP EbE lead for Wales and GTiCP EbE involvement Co-Chair
- Tracey Smith - GTiCP EbE involvement Co-Chair
- Sheelagh Rodgers - DCP MSU Director
Jo Hemingfield gives us a brief summary of the work this year:
“The DCP UK Experts by Experience strategy steering group, along with the rest of the DCP has been trying in the last year to ‘keep the show on the road’. The BPS office had always supported us to navigate their systems when necessary in order to put on successful and energising coproduced events. We have kept the show on the road by focussing on such events.
In November, DCP Yorkshire and Humberside co-designed and delivered an event organised by Pinderfield Hospital’s Patient Experience Group, facilitated by Rebecca Ellis, “Bridging the Gap”.
The Leadership and Management Faculty led by Amra Rao, coproduced “Superhuman vs Simply Human - what kind of leaders do we want”.
Glasgow saw the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology conference include experts by experience from 20 universities.
In December there is a 2-day event in Bristol which features adults and children who have been told they have a learning disability and their parents co-presenting (more details below)
FPOP are running a workshop/conference on working with the evidence base in psychological interventions in dementia at the London BPS on 3rd December which includes two EbEs who are going to present on the day and participate in the working groups.
Ensuring our publications hit the mark in reflecting the views of the community is a work in progress, building on some involvement in early documents in the “Understanding….” series towards more meaningful coproduction at every level.
The latest edition of the Child and Family Clinical Psychology Review (CYPF Faculty) on the topic “Participatory practices in collaboration with children, young people, their families, communities and professionals” was co-edited with two members of the Faculty’s Youth Panel
The Understanding Depression document is nearing completion and an update of Understanding Bipolar document is commissioned. The goal is to have documents that are appropriate, helpful, engaging and accessible to the whole community with the best understandings from clinical psychology.
The Understanding Eating Disorders Document (due shortly for publication) is really bought to life with some creative pieces and some ‘real life experience’ contributions by those with lived experience."
Funding for EbEs
Over the last four years we have not been able to pay all our EBEs for the time they have been giving to us except where this was happening before the moratorium on funding. This has severely limited the progress we have been able to make and we are grateful that some have been able to stick with us through the difficult times. There is now a working group being set up to find a solution to funding EbEs led by Annjanette Wells and we are hopeful that this will soon be resolved.
Plans for 2019
Once we have a payment mechanism in place then we will be able to redevelop our EbE strategy, moving beyond “keeping the show on the road” to a connected strategy across the whole DCP.
Jo writes: “Now is the time for re-energising the DCP and the EBE work. We are looking at 'Being Human' at the DCP Conference in January and developing our understanding of all our common experiences and how trainees and clinical psychologists connect with their own distress supported by Natalie Kemp from In2gr8 and others. We’ll be dusting down and looking again the role descriptions to appoint new colleagues, looking at what our proposed structures, policies and ideas around systems for payment might be and updating these. As the DCP is re-established we will move forward together with fresh learning about people’s experiences, helping us all to connect with the frustrations and joys of trying to access life-transforming services in UK “.
Judith Samuel, Chair of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities (FPID) writes:
"Our Journey together: people with learning disabilities in and clinical psychologists in partnership. This is a joint venture between the DCP UK Experts by Experience strategy and steering group, FPID and CYPF Faculty Learning Disabilities Network with the support of DCP South West. All the sessions, videos and posters are being co-produced by Experts by Experience and clinical psychologists. The themes being addressed are improving wellbeing, service training and research. In the evening there will be an interactive Forum theatre piece by Mind the Gap, one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies. We hope that outcomes from the conference will include improved engagement by Experts by Experience with learning disabilities in the work of the Faculties. The conference has proved very popular both in offers to present and to attend. I understand that the conference is oversubscribed and that there is a waiting list.
The organizers are only sorry that a larger venue was not chosen. We will need to bear this in mind in the future."