Tributes to Professor Malcolm Adams

All those connected with the Society were shocked and saddened to learn of the recent death of Professor Malcolm Adams, Co-Director of the Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of East Anglia.

Malcolm made an immense contribution to the development of professional psychology over the 40 years of his career in clinical psychology, and was a Fellow of the BPS. His contributions to the Society included being deputy chair of the Membership and Qualifications Board in the 1980s and a member of the Professional Affairs Board in 1990s. Since 2000, he served as Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Chair of the Board of Examiners in Clinical Psychology, and from 2002-7, Chair of the BPS National Occupational Standards in Psychology Steering Committee.
 
Malcolm also served as advisor to the Chief Medical Officer for several years and was a member of the HPC Professional Liaison Group which established the Standards of Proficiency in Psychology.  He co-authored, with Professor Susan Llewelyn, the QAA subject benchmark statement for Clinical Psychology.  Malcolm had only recently stood down as Chair of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology and continued to be actively involved in representing the Society.
 
Malcolm was due to retire from his role at UEA in 2013.  He worked at UEA from 1994 and made an enormous contribution to higher education.  Malcolm supervised over 70 doctoral theses, and held many senior positions at UEA, including Dean and Co-Director of the School of Health Policy and Practice, and Director of Learning and Teaching within Norwich Medical School.
 
David Murphy, Chair of the Professional Practice Board, said: “All of us who knew Malcolm personally will miss his kindness, patience and wisdom and every practitioner psychologist in the UK has benefitted from Malcolm’s tireless dedication over many years to the development of the profession. Our thoughts are with his family and his colleagues as they cope with his unexpected passing.”
 
Malcolm’s family invite people to make donations (via JustGiving pages)  to Mencap or Amnesty International in memory of Malcolm.
You are invited to leave messages of tribute and condolence in the comments section below.

On behalf of the DCP East of England Branch
Malcolm Adam's unexpected passing away has been a great loss to all those who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. His generosity with his time and wisdom has benefited service users, professionals, and the field of clinical psychology in a way that is impossible to measure. In recognition, gratitude, and memory, of Malcolm's contribution to clinical psychology at a regional level, the DCP East of England Branch will be holding an event in his honour.

I will never forget Malcolm's support, calmness and wisdom. Malcolm was the course director of the University of Cambridge/East Anglian Regional Health Authority clinical training course I was on 22 years ago. At that time I was juggling my PhD write up whilst doing the course, and inevitably on a three year course there were all sorts of hurdles and unexpected problems. Malcolm's thoughtful and gentle approach provided a solid, supportive foundation, and he was generous and unstinting with his time. He was one of those rare people who can do the big picture at the same time as the little things - he thought nothing of writing a stats program himself when needed for some data analysis. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude and can only begin to aspire to his wise and calm approach. I am so sorry he wasn't able to enjoy his retirement. My deepest condolences to his family.

I have very fond memories of being taught and supported by Malcolm during my doctorate at UEA. I recall discussing my thesis results with Malcolm and the awe I felt when he checked my SPSS calculations using a series of tables in a statistics book! He will be sorely missed by the profession, but the influence he has had on clinical psychology will be longstanding.

I'm so sorry and shocked to hear about Malcolm's death. He had many wonderful characteristics as a course director when I was on the UEA training course, but over and beyond all that, he stood out as a man of gentleness and kindness. What a great loss.My sympathies to the department and to the family.
Zoe Tyrrell UEA-trained Clinical Psychologist

How sad it is to loose Malcolm after knowing him for so many years. I recall his energy and enthusiasm from the very first time we met at the Fleetwood Group of Trainers event.. or was it at CORIC at Oxford.. or the joint CORIC/CUCPTC meeting in York... so many meetings and always with his interest and concern for training..... and of course I remember the weekend we spent togther in a hotel in Bedford, writing the clinical psychology benchmarks, not a bundle of laughs but I hope a job well done for the profession. (At a CTCP meeting in the early 2000s or so, we suddenly realised that we had to get this done quickly before HPC registration was in place, and Malcolm had the idea of asking QAA to fund us to devise them as soon as possible, so wonderful Lucy Horder fixed a place for us to brainstorm them one weekend).Malcolm was always friendly and willing to greet all comers, with a real regard for trainees, colleagues and the profession. It will be impossible to replace him.

I first met Malcolm when he arrived in Cambridge to set up the then "Regional Training Scheme" and worked with him getting on for 40 years during the scheme's various changes. He inspired hundreds of trainees over those sometimes difficult years. I am therefore much saddened to hear of his death, not least because he will miss his richly deserved retirement. I last saw Malcolm when I retired from the NHS two years ago and was hoping to be able to assure him that there is life after retirement when it was his time to go in the summer. Sadly this is not to be. Goodbye Malcolm. Safe journey.

A great loss to the profession, his family and friends. I have known Malcom since he appeared for interview in 1972 at Newcastle and have seen his immense wisdom and influence develop and foster our profession and particularly, the area of work with those with learning disabilities. Over many years he was a massive support to me as a Course Director with a ready ear when approached over the inevitable issues which arise. Good solid sensible clear advice. We had many a walk during conferences to sort the world out! Blakeney Point and Studley Royal/Fountains Abbey stand in my memory. His contribution to a solid methodological base for our research should be recognised. The many he supervised and examined will testify to both his rigour and mercy in attaining the goals he required of them. Such a disaster he has not lived to enjoy the retirement he richly deserved. My condolences to his family and colleagues.
Peter Britton,CPsychol, FBpsS, Course Director, Newcastle 1977-1998

As the tribute states, Malcolm had an immense influence on the lives of so many aspiring and qualified psychologists which is difficult to put into words. During the five years that I was a trainee at UEA he supported me, and others, through difficult times whilst always ensuring that we reached our full potential. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news that he had passed away and send my heartfelt thoughts and wishes to his family, friends and colleagues.
Lorna Shelfer, UEA trained Clinical Psychologist.

I first met Malcolm when I moved to Norwich 13 years ago. I bumped into him again a couple of months later at a workshop and he remembered me by name, it was the first moment I felt like I was starting to belong as a clinical psychologist in Norfolk. I feel so sad that Malcolm will never get to hear all the wonderful things we were going to say about him as he retired this year. He will live on in the memories and clinical practice of so many of us.

Quite simply, Malcolm was remarkable man. A fountain of knowledge (ranging from statistics to opera and everything in between) and he always made time to share it - no question too big or small. Kind, compassionate, humble, generous - the list could go on. I always felt like he took a genuine interest in my career before, during, and after I finished my clinical psychology training and I'll always be immensely grateful for that. I can still remember his welcome speech on the first day of training: "there are 21 of you and 21 doctorates waiting at the end - the competition stops here". He had similar pearls of wisdom for my first day in my lecturer post. "Be useful" he often advised us. If I can be half as "useful" as Malcolm over the rest of my career then I'll be very happy indeed! Thank you Malcolm - you'll never be forgotten.

I was so saddened to hear of Malcolm's death.His passion and commitment to psychology and supporting trainees and colleagues was unequalled.I benefitted from his support on more than one occasion.He will be so missed.My thoughts and prayers are with Malcolm's colleagues and trainees at UEA and with his family at this sad time.

During my 3-year training at UEA, Malcolm was always approachable, keen to share his knowledge, helpful, supportive and fair. His sudden death was very sad news. My thoughts are with his family.
Dr Elena Liaou, Clinical Psychologist.

On behalf of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust I wanted to say how sad we all are at Malcolm's death. We have lost an inspirational clinician and leader and many of his former students who work for us have lost an inspiration and mentor. He established the UEA course which has an International reputation and the profession has lost a leader in the field. My Board will ensure his contribution is recognised at their next meeting.Holding board positions at both CPFT and UEA I am hearing so much in celebration of his life and work.Condolences go to family friends and colleagues.
David Edwards OBE Chairman CPFT and Vice Chairman of UEA Governing Council

Malcolm was a great teacher and a kind man who was passionate about the role of psychology within the NHS. I knew him for three years as a trainee at UEA and am deeply saddened by his death. Veronica Hamilton Clinical Psychologist

Like so many other people have said since Malcolm died last week, Malcolm's influence on my career for the past 28 years was always for the good.I had hoped to tell him at his retirement this summer and now I just hope that he knew how important he was. But he was modest and humble and I very much doubt that he would ever have thought of himself as that important.Thank you Malcolm for helping me and many 100s of other trainees and colleagues and friends.We all owe you.

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