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DCP South West 4th Annual Summit & AGM - 'Lifting our heads above the parapet- Clinical Psychology in troubling times'

26 January 2018 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information
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This DCP South West Summit comes at a time of ever increasing change and pressure for our profession and far beyond.

We want to help us network, support, understand and encourage one another across specialisms, making sense of the uncertainties we face in training, in service provision and just in being in the world.

Maybe together we can generate some hope and activism along with realistic acknowledgement of the challenges of the bigger picture.

And, more prosaically, we will also include our very brief annual AGM!  

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Tony Lavender, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Dr Christine Curle, Clinical Lead for the South West Clinical Network for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England.

  • Expert by Experience:  Service User Advisors from Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

  • Invited Speakers:  Rachel Purtell, User Involvement and Disability Activist, Barbara Keeley, Labour MP, shadow minister for Mental Health and Social Care

Please see the Programme Tab for more information.

Exeter Library,
Castle Street,

Event Location: 

Learning Outcomes

  • Ways to engage service users in your service and the benefits of doing so;
  • Suggested ways to engage with service commissioners: pitfalls and tips;
  • The current political climate for our profession;
  • Issues affecting current and future training.

Speaker information

Professor Tony Lavender has played a leading role in workforce development nationally with the Department of Health, British Psychological Society, National Institute of Mental Health and the NHS Information Centre/Digital.  Between 2005 and 2007 he was Joint Chair of the BPS/NIMHE group looking at ‘New Ways of Working for Applied Psychologists'. He was a founder member of the BPS’s Workforce Planning Committee and is currently the BPS representative on NHS Digital’s Committee recategorising the Psychological Workforce for the NHS.  He is also chairing a DCP Group lobbying to ensure the continued funding of clinical psychology training. He has published extensively on services and therapies for people with psychosis and personality disorder, workforce planning, the history of clinical psychology and more recently anorexia. He was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange), Canterbury Christ Church University, and previously Pro-Vice Chancellor/Dean of the Faculty of Social & Applied Sciences. Prior to this he directed the Clinical Psychology Programme at Salomons for 21 years. He retired from this role in December 2016 but continues, as an Emeritus Professor, to maintain an active involvement in research, mentoring, organisational consultancy and workforce planning.

Dr Christine Curle is Clinical Lead for the South West Clinical Network for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England; seeking to improve quality and reduce variability of the CAMHS offer across the South West. She is also professional lead for child psychology and psychological therapies for Devon Integrated Children’s Service (Virgin Care Ltd).  She has led on implementation of the transformation programme of CYP IAPT across Devon CAMHS and has contributed to the national development of CYP IAPT. Christine has a long standing interest in service user involvement stemming from her time as Academic Director for the DClinPsy at University of Exeter where she worked with Annie Mitchell to establish one of the first service user advisory groups in clinical psychology training. She currently line manages the full time participation worker in Devon CAMHS whose work supports the transformational change process within CAMHS, with ambitious targets for service user engagement and influence. Christine is a senior member of the Devon CAMHS Out of Hours service bringing skills in engagement, formulation and managing risk to help dispel the myth that crisis and acute work is the sole province of nursing and medicine. Christine believes that Clinical Psychologists have a key role in services as clinical leaders, drawing on both clinical and research skills to contribute to service improvement. Her thoughts on leadership are influenced by models of shared leadership, positive psychology and appreciative enquiry.

Registration information 

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