The last 20 years has seen the role of clinical psychologists in the NHS diversify from expert therapist to consultancy and service development, linked to the ‘new ways of working’ initiative led by the DCP.
In many ways, it feels as if we are entering a similar phase of development in which clinical psychologists review and expand on our roles, and again there is a need for the DCP to take a lead on this.
At the 2018 DCP conference a nominal group exercise generated a number of ideas about expanding the roles that clinical psychologists occupy, working in different settings (e.g. primary care, community bases), with new responsibilities (e.g. non-medical responsible clinician) and new aims (e.g. preventing hospital admissions, influencing local and national policy).
What also became apparent is that many psychologists are already in such roles.
Currently, however, there has been no systematic investigation of these roles and the services they have developed, or how effective they are in helping the public.
This project aims to fill this gap by scoping out new developments in the roles played by clinical psychologists, and assessing their impact.