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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.

Conference
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. 
 

Fri, 04/01/2019 - 15:39

 

THE STRUCTURE OF THE DCP

This is often a mystery, even to people quite closely involved in DCP work so this is a quick guide to how we will made up in 2019 to help you understand the systems and the plans

 

Committee (the Executive)

DCP Chair, Vice Chair (and Chair Elect from 2020)

Treasurer

Devolved Nations Chairs - Scotland, N. Ireland, Wales

England Lead

Faculty Lead

Professional Standards Unit Lead

Membership Standards Unit Lead

 

Communications Lead

GTiCP Chair(s)

Expert by Experience Rep

Pre-Qual Co-Chairs.

Leadership and Management Faculty Chair

2 Committee Members

 

Representative assembly

This takes place twice a year and consists of the DCP Committee, Chairs of all Faculties and Branches and EbE representation.

This is a discussion forum bringing together all our networks, which then advises the Exec

 

Devolved Nations

The Chairs of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are all on the Exec and they have all been very successful at developing links to their various legislative and NHS bodies together with achieving connectivity across the workforce, training communities etc.

 

Faculties

We currently 13 Faculties of varying sizes that range from Children, Young People and their Families at 1071 members to HIV and Sexual Health at 92, The full list is:

All are very active and many have significant links into the policy makers in their area, produce publications etc.

 

Many members see the Faculties as the reason they are member of the DCP and, taking an overall view of the DCP, they are producing most of the outputs but they struggle with finding the time to do the work. There is considerable scope and interest in more joint working across the Faculties but this does not happen because of lack of resource

 

In the past, Faculties have tended to feel rather isolated from the main DCP and the Rep Assembly is not enough to remedy this. This year we have been holding monthly telephone calls and these have been valued but can be hard for people to find time to join and are mainly information sharing

 

There are some possible changes that will be considered in 2019. Some small Faculties are interested in the idea of changing to become special interest groups within a larger Faculty. We also want to look at the possibility of creating an overarching Adult Faculty, which is a large gap for us. It is due to the historical decisions of non- adult mental health psychologists to create structures that supported them because they did not work in AMH and this may be the time to remedy that

 

We will have a Faculty Lead for 2019 to continue the work of building connectivity and exploring changes for the future

 

English Branches

We have 12 branches of which 10 are functional at present. There is no Branch currently in the East Midlands or North West and we have plans to try to get them running again in 2019. There is significant variation in how the Branches run and much of their activity has been organising events . as an example, some branches are well connected into Heads of Services in their region, whilst others are not

 

We have not had an England Chair in recent years and hope that will be remedied following the elections in 2019

 

Other Groups & Committees

These currently consist of

  • Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
  • Experts by Experience Strategy Group
  • Pre- Qualification Group
  • Workforce and Training Sub-Committee
  • Finance Sub-Committee
  • Beyond Diagnosis Sub-Committee
  • Power Threat Meaning Framework Sub-Committee

 

Professional Standards Unit (PSU)

The main functions are:

  • Publications – this will be an enhanced role in future, as we want to take on timely updates of existing publications, increase the range that are produced etc.
  • Consultations – Currently our Faculties are often the main responders to consultations and  we need a way for responding  when this does not fit into a Faculty or the topic covers the whole profession
  • Oversight of Clinical Psychology Forum
  • National Assessors – currently link into PSU

 

Member Services Unit (MSU)

The main functions will be:

  • Conference (with the conference team)
  • CPD
  • Awards
  • Member benefits like leaflets, promoting DCP
  • Membership drive
  • Communications strategy

 

 

OUR PLANS FOR 2019

This will be a year for getting the DCP back to full functioning, re-engaging with our members and potential members and piloting some new models.

 

Improving Connectivity

All parts of the DCP are active and working on behalf of clinical psychology and the people we work with BUT mainly in isolation and often not aware of what others are doing. The DCP could be significantly strengthened if our networks were able to work more closely together. We are therefore going to work to improve our connectivity. In this blog I am talking primarily about the internal connectivity of the DCP but building that with the BPS is also crucial and will be a future topic. We will start on this by developing:

  • A new Faculty subsystem

This will bring the Faculties together into a better connected network, enabling mutual support, cross working etc. It will build on the Faculty Chairs teleconference and be more regular than the Rep Assembly. It will be led by a Faculty Lead who will sit on the Exec and represent the Faculties there

 

  • A new model for branches

We need an improved regional /local structure in England that may bring together Branches and Leadership and Management  Faculty. The aim is for Branches to improve our co-ordination with Heads of Services, Courses and commissioning arrangements at a Regional level and this will markedly increase our impact. The work of the Branches will be supported and coordinated by the England Chair, who would also represent them on the Exec along with the Leadership and Management Chair.

 

DCP priorities

These were developed at the Rep Assembly and agreed by the Exec. We intend to focus our resources on:

 

  • Childrens and Young Peoples Mental Health and Wellbeing (supporting the Policy Campaign being developed following this winning the Senate vote)
  • Workforce and Training
  • Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Member wellbeing
  • Redeveloping the EbE strategy
  • Prevention and Public Health

AND a Membership Drive

 

One way we hope to achieve this is via:

 

A new subcommittee structure

We intend to continue to create subcommittees that can draw in more DCP members who will be able to contribute in their area of interest/expertise without needing to take on the extra commitments of being a committee member. This model has worked very well, for example, with the Training Subcommittee that we are now expanding to cover Workforce, and the EbE Strategy Subcommittee. We are currently in discussions about the creation of a Minorities Subcommittee and we hope more will follow

 

HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?

For the DCP to flourish, we need many more of our members to become actively involved. Obviously there are times in people’s lives when the combination of work and family commitments make if difficult to think of taking on anything else. However if you can find space to join with us, involvement carries great benefits in terms of career development as well as the opportunities to really make a difference for colleagues, services and, most importantly, the populations we work with. Just some ways you can become involved:

 

  • Join a Faculty or Branch Committee. Elections take place at various times across the year
  • Seek nomination to join the Exec
  • Respond to our calls for evidence/consultation responses etc
  • Volunteer for a subcommittee
  • Represent clinical psychology on BPS committees, task and finish groups etc
  • Represent clinical psychology at external fora in conjunction with the DCP
  • Write articles for Clinical Psychology Forum
  • Become a National Assessor
  • Join the CPF Editorial Board
  • Tell us what is happening in your area, both positive and negative
  • Go to events organised by your Faculty or Branch and meet up with your colleagues
  • Attend AGMs and make your views known

 

And if nothing else is possible, keep in touch via the emails you receive, the blogs and Clinical psychology Forum. With our new Communications Lead starting in January, we hope there will be more and better ways to keep in touch. This will mean that you know what is happening outside your own area of work and will help you when there are local pressures as you will be aware of the wider picture. We will also be developing ways that we can support you in your work better but you need to keep in touch to know what is available

Mon, 17/12/2018 - 11:07

“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 “.
 

Bristol Conference

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."

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 17:31

It is now ten months since I took over as Interim DCP Chair. It has been a demanding and challenging year and I am glad to report that the future of the DCP in the BPS feels a great deal more positive and secure now than it did in January. I would like to thank the Executive, the Branch and Faculty Chairs and all the others who have been so supportive in working through the many key issues.

 

Positive News about Funding for Roles

The proposals developed with the Roles Working Group by Annjannette Wells and her team have now been accepted by the Board of Trustees. I would like to thank Annjanette for the significant amount of work that she has done to help us reach this point and to the CEO, Sarb Bajwa for his support.

 

The basic agreement is that elected roles can be paid either through secondment if the person is employed or on a contract for services if they are independent. There will be a day rate payable of £325 for executive activities and £250 for governance activities; there will be an expectation of 12 days/year pro bono in addition to the paid days. There will be agreements reached on the work to be undertaken and payment will be paid 3 months in arrears. This will operate for the whole of 2019 and then be reviewed in the light of the other changes that will be taking place in the BPS. 

Recompense/funding will also be applied for the whole of 2017 and 2018.

This has been such a significant development for the DCP. It enables us to draw a line under the last few years of dispute with the BPS over the funding needed for the DCP to work effectively for the membership and gives us a firm base on which to move forward.

 

In preparation for elections in January we will be developing criteria for the roles and funding. We will also develop selection criteria to check candidates’ suitability for the role before election. There is going to need to be considerable work done quickly to operationalise the policy and to develop the detail in time for our elections but we are confident that this can be done.

 

Plans for 2019

Now that we have a funding mechanism in place we are making plans for the structure of the Executive, the Branches and Faculties for 2019 and deciding how to distribute funding across the various parts of the DCP. There has been discussion with Branch and Faculty Chairs throughout this process and we hope to trial some new ways of improving connectivity and communications. The budget setting and business planning processes will be finalised early in the new year.

 

Society Review

There have been significant levels of consultation over the September and October led by Judith Tolland, the external consultant appointed to lead the Review, and Liam Gallagher, BPS Project Officer. A number of our Faculties and Branches have been able to take part and there has also been a meeting with the Exec. We feel that we have been able to have good involvement in the process and are currently optimistic that the outcomes will be broadly positive from our perspective. It seems clear that in the future the BPS will be

both a professional body and also a learned society.

 

Other Changes in the BPS

  • There will be an enhanced Policy and Communications Team in the BPS. This will include a full time Senior Policy Advisor for Mental health who will work with us and the other relevant networks within the BPS
  • An external consultant has been appointed to lead a review of all BPS Communications. DCP have contributed to this, including sharing the findings of our own review led by Lawrence Moulin and we look forward to the improvements that are so badly needed
  • It is expected that there will be additional BPS staffing so that they are able to support the networks and members effectively

 

 

BPS Interim Senate

I attended this on 11 and 12 October. It was a positive experience where there was further discussion of the Society Review and how we can all work better together.  This was the first meeting of this new body and it is recognised that there are a number of lessons to be learned from this for the future developments. There are two decisions that are particularly important for us to be aware of and to be ready to work with:

 

1. Policy Proposals

There had earlier been a call for proposals for the BPS priority proposals. DCP submitted one jointly with Division for Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P) proposing that the BPS priority in 2019 should be the mental health and psychological wellbeing of children and young people with a focus on staff and students in schools and universities. The policy team combined this with a proposal for DECP and DOP around exams and testing. Our proposal won with approx. 60% of the votes and the other two – asylum seekers and refugees and future technology were tied at 20% each. This will therefore be the main priority area for the Policy Team and we will need to engage with the planning and operationalising of this, so that our perspective as clinical psychologists is truly brought to bear.

 

2. Inclusivity and diversity

There was a decision to have a wide-ranging approach to addressing issues of inclusivity and diversity across the BPS and in the subject from school upwards. Those of you who are on Twitter may have noticed that this quickly sparked a lot of interest and debate (which included some important statistics on the percentage of BME applicants at each stage of the clinical training pathway). We are discussing how we can take this forward and revisit our Inclusivity Policy.

 

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 09:20

There are major and fast moving developments at a national level in Health Education England (HEE) and elsewhere that are aiming to expand the psychological workforce. Whilst this has been happening for a while, there is increased impetus due to the recognition that workforce is perhaps the major impediment to the delivery of more and better services in the NHS. The fact that there are many more psychology graduates who want to work in health provision than there are training places in the current professions is a major driver and developing more types of worker at lower costs and with lower salaries obviously has an attraction to policy makers. 

It all seems very fragmented both from a national perspective and in terms of the involvement and influence for us, as applied psychologists, working in Health, Education and Social Care so the DCP Executive have started to try to map the landscape and to monitor changes.

As workforce issues are often complex, it seems important that a multi-dimensional approach is taken to address key issues around a range of areas including: 

  • A life span approach across health & mental health 
  • Training routes & support for new roles & ways of working 
  • Career progression pathways 
  • Retaining & supporting existing staff (including wellbeing) 
  • Setting standards for training & recruitment
  • Improved intelligence about the workforce 
  • Developing leadership capacity 

New Roles in Psychological Therapies

Some of the existing roles and new developments we have mapped are: 

Apprenticeship scheme / Clinial Associate psychologists

The apprenticeship scheme is being developed at Exeter University in association with the Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology (CCTP). They hope that if the scheme develops high quality standards that are accepted by the national body, then any subsequent apprenticeship training would need to follow them. Exeter have formed a partnership with a large mental health Trust in Cornwall and are putting together a consortium of ‘trailblazer sites’ that will employ the apprentice associate psychologists.  

Associate roles have been in place in Scotland for several years, though not through an apprenticeship route, and the Society did develop some standards around this role a few years ago in anticipation that it could become more developed. 

Adult IAPT 

In Low Intensity IAPT these are mainly Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs and in High Intensity IAPT, they are mainly CBT therapists.


Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)

This role is well established in adult IAPT and the Society accredits the courses. Some PWP's are now becoming employed in other parts of the Mental Health system

Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs)

This is a new development that adapts the PWP role for Children and Young People. The first courses have been run this year. Preparatory work has been undertaken to establish BPS accreditation process for these and some other training courses under CYP-IAPT 

Educational Mental Health Workers

This is another new role coming from the implementation of the Green Paper on transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. They will work in Mental Health Support Teams (and will initially work in schools linking closely with community services and supervised by NHS specialist staff in CAMHS. Their role will be providing evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues, training, support, and consultation. Pilot projects are planned to be in place by the end of 2019. The work to develop the curriculum and role specification has been taking place and seven Higher Education institutions s will be involved in delivering the training. Trainees will be employed by NHS Trusts from January 2019 with 210 posts in 2019 rising to 800 in 2021. 


Groups and Committees

There are a number of groups where workforce issues are being discussed, including

BPS Workforce Working Group

Chaired by Catherine Dooley. Amra Rao and Esther Cohen-Tovee represent DCP on this. 

Psychological Professions Networks (PPNs)

Currently Adrian Whittington (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and Gita Bhutani (North West) are Chairs funded by HEE and Esther is unfunded Chair for North East. We understand that another PPN is forming for Yorkshire and Humber. Gita and Adrian are working closely with HEE to establish a direct voice for the PPNs at national level. Discussions have been productive and PPN advice is being sought across multiple HEE workstreams nationally. This includes helping to craft the final version of the NHS Workforce Strategy, supporting the development of consultant practitioners, advanced clinical practitioners, and multiple other areas. The PPNs have produced a very useful paper on workforce:

 

Work on Developing Career Paths / Psychology Graduates

There has been considerable interest at HEE and NHSE in facilitating more effective supply of psychology graduates into the NHS workforce. There are also known problems with bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the wider psychological professions career paths that are hindering the most effective supply of workforce. There are several concurrent projects addressing these two issues and clinical psychologists, particularly from PPNs are closely involved:

  • HEE Task and Finish Group on New Roles for the Psychological Professions
  • The initial scope will be the graduate psychologist supply into low intensity wellbeing practitioner roles issue. The group will explore options for creating routes to practitioner competencies at undergraduate or postgraduate level in a more coherent and efficient programme, with different funding routes on the table e.g. degree apprenticeships. 
  • HEE Commissioned Project on Psychological Professions Career Paths
  • The National Workforce Skills Development Unit at the Tavistock has been commissioned to explore the current state of career paths across the psychological professions e.g. IAPT/Practitioner Psychology/CYP IAPT/Counselling/Psychotherapy to describe issues and risks.
  • PPN (Kent Surrey and Sussex) Tube Map of Psychological Professions Careers
  • This project will work up a design for an interactive career path map for the psychological professions, possibly tube-map style. Each profession will be a station, possible lines between them will be plotted, and recommendations made for unblocking bottlenecks etc.

CSR (Comprehensive Spending Review) Group, now DCP Subcommittee on Workforce and Training

This was set up by DCP to address the threat to trainee clinical psychology funding, chaired by Tony Lavender. It became a Society group for a short period and after the BPS withdrew support it was adopted by the DCP. It has been a very effective group, with representation of key people including PPN Chairs and representatives from the devolved nations. Its remit has expanded to cover workforce issues more broadly, placing clinical psychology training in the wider context. We have agreed that this will be reflected by a change in name and terms of reference and it will become the DCP Subcommittee on Workforce and Training. This will be the group who will continue to map what is happening and seek to have influence for clinical psychologists in all proposed developments.

If anyone is aware of any further issues or developments then please let us know.

Julia Faulconbridge
DCP Chair
29 October 2018

Tue, 30/10/2018 - 09:57

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