Happy New Year to all
I am entering the last three weeks in the role of Interim DCP Chair and I am pleased to tell you that we had very positive outcomes in the recent elections and, subject to ratification at the AGM, we will have a new Chair and a complete Committee taking the DCP forward. I will be remaining on as Vice Chair and am very much looking forward to building on the many achievements of 2018.
There is still time to register for the DCP Conference 23 - 24 January in Manchester.
This year's theme is Identity - “Through the diversity of our work with others, our own experiences and through observing world events, those within and around the field of clinical psychology recognise the centrality of identity, in relation to well-being, recovery, promoting rights and resilience.”
More information is available at www.bps.org.uk/dcp2019
I hope that as many of you as possible will be coming even if you can only attend for part of the conference. The programme looks excellent with significant Expert by Experience involvement and there will be both formal and informal opportunities to discuss key issues for the DCP in 2019.
There is also a very important free public lecture being given by Dr Alan Barrett, Clinical Lead for adults at the Manchester Resilience Hub - “What can Clinical psychology offer in response to mass fatality terror attacks? “ on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 14:10
I hope that you may be able to help publicise this on social media etc even if you are not able to attend yourself
Workforce and Training Update – Apprenticeship and Clinical Associate Psychologists
This is mentioned in the blog posted on 10th October and we now have more detailed information on this provided for us by Ken Laidlaw
The Exeter course is a new training programme developed in response to local service need in Cornwall. The problem of recruiting to clinical psychology and meeting mental health needs in Cornwall was the driver for this development. Working alongside senior clinical psychology service leads they have developed a Clinical Associate Psychologist (CAP) training. The CAPs programme is being delivered in Cornwall where all trainees complete their placements. The training is at a masters level and takes place over 12 months. They recruited 15 trainees sponsored by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation trust, with these trainees receiving a salary at AfC band 5 and university fees paid on their behalf. They will be employed on AfC band 6. The CAPs course fills a skills gap between assistant psychologist and qualified clinical psychologists with 50 per cent of their training time spent on placement in Cornwall. Supervision is provided by clinical psychologists. After qualification CAPs can only work under the direct supervision of a clinical psychologist. In Cornwall this is resulting in new posts being created for clinical psychologists (2 new 8a CP posts are about to be advertised in Cornwall) to allow the growth of this new workforce. The CAPs are offered employment post-qualification and are asked to commit to working in Cornwall for 2 years after qualification. Clinical Associate Psychologists have been a feature of the applied psychology workforce in NHS Scotland since 2005.
The degree apprenticeship model is a means of providing funding for this new applied psychology workforce. A trailblazer group is set up for any Degree Apprenticeship and there must be a minimum of 10 employers representing a national spread. A minimum of 2 HEI's are required for a trailblazer group. The employers are in charge of this and in this particular case, the CEO of Cornwall, is the chair of the trailblazer group. An initial 23 employers from across NHS England, as well as the current chair of the NHS confederation and partners from the private sector have expressed interest in joining this group and 4 or 5 HEIs are expressing an interest too. Ken Laidlaw and Eugene Mullan have been working with the chair of the trailblazer group to ensure that the correct quality assurance to maintain the integrity of the CAPs training is in place. An occupational proposal for a new Degree Apprenticeship for CAPs was submitted on the 7th November, and they are waiting on feedback from the Institute for Apprenticeships as to whether the trailblazer group can proceed and whether the Institute recognises the CAPs as an occupation. They are in the process of setting standards for the draft occupational proposal. The standards, when agreed in draft form, will be publicly available on the Skills for Health (HASO) website for approximately 6 weeks as part of a consultation period. See https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/news/ This process gives people an opportunity to comment on this development.
Degree apprenticeships allow employers to use their apprenticeship levy to pay for this training so it is an initiative driven by service need and employers. The Degree Apprenticeship is about a job role. It is set at academic level 7 (11 in Scotland) meaning a masters level PG training. This level 7 is not to be confused with AfC levels. The Degree Apprenticeship for the CAPs would be a non-integrated degree meaning that an end-point assessment would be conducted separately from any academic or clinical assessments required by universities delivering this training – these are developed as the last stage in a Degree Apprenticeship. The Degree Apprenticeship, once developed, is freely available for any appropriate trainer and employer to deliver.