Division of Clinical Psychology
The Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) exists to promote the professional interests of Clinical Psychologists across the UK.
Our mission is to support the development of Clinical Psychology, both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
By working collaboratively with a number of organisations including the NHS, the government, and multiple professional bodies and groups in the voluntary sector, we seek to promote the unique and important contributions of Clinical Psychology that cannot be replicated by other approaches.
DCP Review of 2022
In this review we have included a detailed summary of the significant amount of work that has been undertaken across the DCP.
A short guide to the DCP
The DCP is the largest division of the British Psychological Society.
We understand that its organisational structure can be confusing, so this guide has been produced to give an "at a glance" picture.
- Nations and BranchesThe DCP incorporates several national and regional branches which represent members in these locations.
- DCP FacultiesThe DCP is also home to multiple faculties dedicated to working on/in specific areas of Clinical Psychology:
- Pre-QualificationThe Pre-Qualification Group is for DCP members who are interested in or working towards a career in clinical psychology.
- Areas of workThe Division of Clinical Psychology has a number of different workstreams, each with a distinct remit and outputs.
Structure of the DCP
Our mission is to support the development of Clinical Psychology, both as a profession and as a body of knowledge, by working collaboratively with others to promote the unique and important contributions of Clinical Psychology that cannot be replicated by other approaches.
|DCP UK Chair||Roman Raczka|
|Chair Elect||Kalpita Kunde|
|Past Chair (Vice Chair)||Currently vacant|
|Workforce and Training Lead||Tony Lavender|
Membership and Professional Development Lead
|Professional Standards and Research Lead||Ryan Kemp|
|Communications and Publications Lead||Julia Faulconbridge|
|Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead||Sidrah Muntaha|
|DCP England Chair||Kalpita Kunde|
|DCP Northern Ireland Chair||Sarah Meekin|
|DCP Scotland Chair||Claire Stark|
DCP Wales Chair
|DCP Pre-Qualifications Group||
|Group of Trainers (GTiCP) Chair||
Leadership and Management Faculty Chair
|Expert by Experience||
This used to take place twice a year but using virtual technology will enable it to meet more frequently.
It consists of the DCP Executive Committee, Chairs of all Faculties and Branches and EbE representation.
This is a discussion forum bringing together all our networks, which then advises the Executive.
These currently consist of:
- Awards Subcommittee
- Climate and Environmental Action Subcommittee
- Communications Subcommittee
- Covid-19 Subcommittee
- Digital Healthcare Subcommittee
- Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Subcommittee
- Experts by Experience Subcommittee
- Finance Subcommittee
- Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
- Membership and CPD Subcommittee
- Minorities in Clinical Psychology Subcommittee
- Power Threat Meaning Framework Subcommittee
- Pre-Qualification Subcommittee
- Publications Subcommittee
- Public Health and Prevention Subcommittee
- Research & Professional Standards Subcommittee
- Workforce and Training Subcommittee
Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
We know that there is a longstanding lack of diversity in clinical psychology, and are committed to addressing this.
Strategy and principles
In order for the DCP to deliver its mission our strategic goals are to:
- Ensure effective and efficient functioning of the Executive and subsystems
- To promote and develop research and theory in relation to Clinical Psychology
- To promote and develop the profession of Clinical Psychology
- To promote the professional voice of Clinical Psychology
- To provide support to our members and promote member networks
- To strive to improve the wellbeing of the whole population through working with relevant systems and organisations
- To support safe, effective, high quality provision of Clinical Psychology
- To work in partnership with Service Users, Carers, Professional Bodies, Voluntary Organisations and other key stakeholders
Our key ethical principles are based on the ‘Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists’ and the principles of the Society's Code of Ethics and Conduct:
- Principle 1: Respect for the Dignity of Persons and Peoples
- Principle 2: Competent Caring for the Well-Being of Persons and Peoples
- Principle 3: Integrity
- Principle 4: Professional and Scientific Responsibilities to Society
This will include an emphasis upon being:
- Evidence based
- Open, honest and transparent
- Opportunities with the DCPThere are lots of ways for our members to get involved with our work, including joining one of our sub-committees and taking up a role on the CPF Editorial Board.
- ProjectsFind out more about the various projects the DCP is supporting.
- Experts by experienceThe DCP has a long history of working in partnership with experts by experience - people who have used our services or are using services now, their families and carers.
Find out more about our awards and past award winners
The Division of Clinical Psychology has a number of different workstreams, each with a distinct remit and outputs.
- Climate and Environmental ActionAs respected health professionals, who have expertise in human change, we can add our voices and influence to show how climate and environmental actions are consistent with our responsibility to promote health, wellbeing, inclusivity and diversity.
- Covid-19Our objective is to maximise our contribution to society, services and individuals to promote wellbeing, working in partnership with people and organisations in a way that is grounded in our core purpose and strategic objectives.
- MentoringAll DCP members are eligible to access our mentorship programme which offers clinical psychologists of all grades mentorship to support the development of the full range of skills that psychologists can offer beyond direct therapy roles.
- Physical healthThere are many clinical psychologists working in the field of physical healthcare in both direct patient care and staff/team support.
- Power Threat Meaning FrameworkThe Power Threat Meaning Framework has been developed as an alternative to more traditional models based on psychiatric diagnosis.
- Public health and preventionA significant amount of evidence indicates that wider social and economic factors give rise to psychological distress. Yet approaches to improving mental and physical health remain overwhelmingly individual.
- DCP in Focus - December 2021
- DCP in Focus - January 2022
- DCP in Focus - March 2022
- DCP in Focus - May 2022
- DCP in Focus - June 2022
- DCP in Focus - August 2022
- DCP in Focus - September 2022
- DCP In Focus - November 2022
- DCP In Focus - December 2022
- DCP In Focus - January 2023
- DCP In Focus - February 2023
- DCP In Focus - March 2023
- DCP In Focus - May 2023
- DCP In Focus - July 2023
- DCP In Focus - September 2023
- Commissioning and Delivering Clinical Psychology in Acute Adult Mental Health Care document
- Communicating a diagnosis of dementia
- Family Interventions in Psychosis
- Psychological services within the Acute Adult Mental Health Care Pathway
- Understanding Depression
- Understanding Hoarding: When our relationship with possessions goes wrong
- Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia
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- Co-production with young people - a quick reference guide
- Top tips for working with children, young people, and their families
- Top tips for seeing a Clinical Psychologist
- Understanding Formulation for Young People
- Understanding Psychosis - a guide for young people and their supporters
- Babies and pre-school children: Psychological services in Early Years mental health and emotional wellbeing settings
- Children and young people in schools and colleges: Guidelines for good quality psychological wellbeing and mental health services
- Children and young people with physical health needs: How psychological services contribute to the care pathway
- Children, young people and families experiencing psychological difficulties: Delivering psychological services in inpatient settings
- Clinical and applied psychologists in child and adolescent mental health services: Recommendations about numbers, gradings and leadership
- Community Psychology approaches with children, young people and families: Working with whole communities
- Delivering psychological services for children and young people involved with the criminal justice system, those at risk of involvement, and their families
- Delivering psychological services for children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties and their families
- Delivering psychological services for children, young people with learning disabilities and their families
- Delivering psychological services in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Psychological services for children, young people and families with complex social care needs including looked after children
- Wellbeing resource links
- Steps to prepare and self care
- Top tips for psychological sessions by video (adult patients)
- Considerations for people from minority groups
Children and young people
- Talking to children about illness
- Advice for key worker parents - helping your child adapt
- When your parent is a key worker - advice for children and young people
- Managing uncertainty in children and young people
- Working therapeutically with parents and infants during pregnancy and postpartum using remote delivery platforms
- Shielding advice for children and young people
- Psychological impact on older people
- Supporting older people and people with dementia during self-isolation
Preparing for a blood test or vaccine
- Preparing for a blood test or vaccine - advice for children aged 5-11
- Preparing for a blood test or vaccine - advice for young people aged 12-18
- Preparing for a blood test or vaccine - information for parents and carers to support children and young people
- Preparing for a blood test or vaccine - guidance for medical professionals supporting children and young people
Professionals and practitioners
- Guidance for psychological professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic
- What psychologists can offer
- Working with children and young people using online video platforms
- Psychological insights for cancer services recovery planning
- Psychological assessment of adults with learning/intellectual disabilities undertaken remotely
- Encouraging hand hygiene in the community
- End of life care guidance
- Taking trauma-related work home: reducing the likelihood of secondary trauma
- Reconnecting school communities
- Use of talking therapy outdoors
- Meeting the psychological needs of children in shielding families
- Responding to HIV care challenges presented by Covid-19
Racial and Social Inequalities
- Racial and Social Inequalities in the time of Covid-19
- Racial and social equalities in action document.
Students and trainees
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- Good Practice Guidelines on the Use of Psychological Formulation
- Guidance for Psychological Therapists Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs
- Guidance for trainee and qualified clinical psychologists working with people with eating disorders
- Guidelines for Psychologists on Disclosures of Historical Sexual Abuse
- Guidelines for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients
- Good practice guidelines for the training and consolidation of clinical practice in clinical practice in HIV/Sexual Health Settings
- Perinatal Service Provision: the Role of Perinatal Clinical Psychology
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Psychological interventions for people with Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, and multiple sclerosis
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- Guidance on the Assessment and Diagnosis of Intellectual Disabilities in Adulthood
- Commissioning Clinical Psychology services for adults with learning disabilities
- Training and consolidation of clinical practice in relation to adults with intellectual disabilities
- Psychological interventions for severely challenging behaviours shown by people with learning disabilities
- Dementia and People with Intellectual Disabilities
- Good Practice Guidelines for Clinical Psychologists when assessing Parents with Learning Disabilities
- Guidance on Neuropsychological Testing with Individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities
- Incorporating Attachment Theory Into Practice: Guidelines for Clinical Psychologist working with People who have Intellectual Disabilities
- Learning Disability: Definitions and Contexts
- Psychological Therapies and People who have Intellectual Disabilities
- Working with Autism - best practice guidelines for psychologists
- Information leaflet - Therapy with a psychologist: understanding formulation
- Alternative Handbook 2022: Postgraduate Training Courses in Clinical Psychology
- Building a Caring Work Culture
- Continued Supervision
- Leadership Development and Support for Clinical Psychologists Working in Health and Social Care
- Supporting and valuing lived experience of mental health difficulties in clinical psychology training
Joining the DCP
- Who are the DCP?
- Why should I join the DCP as a trainee?
- Trainee Slides - Who are the BPS and DCP?
- Trainee Slides - What can the BPS and DCP do to support you?
- Trainee Slides - What does joining the DCP mean for your professional career?
Tips for pre-qualified psychologists
- 5 tips for Self-Care
- 5 Tips for making the most of experience
- 5 tips for finishing university
- 5 Tips for Finding the right Master's course for you
- 5 Tips for Starting Training
- 5 Tips for Making the Most of Supervision
- 5 Tips for Developing Your Reflective Skills as a PQCP
- 5 Tips for In Training Members
- 5 tips for surviving IAPT
- 5 tips for applying for Assistant Psychologist roles
- 5 Tips for preparing for a Research Assistant Interview
- 5 tips for preparing for interviews
- 5 Tips for Working psychologically during Covid-19
Covid-19 resources relevant to pre-qualified members
Clinical Psychology in Primary Care – how can we afford to be without it?
Archived guidelines (Pre 2016)
- Alternatives to antipsychotic medication: Psychological approaches in managing psychological and behavioural distress in people with dementia
- Classification of behaviour and experience in relation to functional psychiatric diagnoses: Time for a paradigm shift
- Clinical Psychology in Early Stage Dementia Care Pathway
- Clinical Psychology: CPD Guidelines
- Commissioning and Delivering Clinical Psychology in Acute Adult Mental Health Care
- Commissioning Clinical Psychology Services for adults with Learning Disabilities
- Dementia and People with Intellectual Disabilities (Executive Summary)
- Dementia Pathways
- Demonstrating Quality and outcomes in Psych-oncology
- Good Practice Guidance for Clinical Psychologists when Assessing Parents with Learning Disabilities
- Guide to Psychosocial Interventions in Early Stages of Dementia
- Guidelines on Activity for Clinical Psychologists
- Guidelines for Clinical Psychology Services
- Introductory Guide to Commissioning
- Mental Health clustering and psychological intervention
- National Mental Health, Well-Being and Psychological Therapies - the role of Clinical Psychology
- Personality Assessment in Forensic Clinical Practice
The role of a National Assessor is to advise employers on whether applicants meet the standards for appointment for the role of Applied Consultant Psychologists, Band 8C and above.
In particular, they assess whether candidates have the necessary skills and competencies to fulfil the job description associated with the post.
They also advise on the relative strengths and weaknesses of candidates in relation to the required competencies. However, the final decision ultimately remains with the employer.
In addition, national assessors may give advice on the development of the job description, person specification and recruitment advert.
- Criminalisation of HIV transmission. Guidelines regarding confidentiality and disclosure
- Evidence Based Guidelines for the Management of Invasive and/ or Distressing Procedures with Children
- Offenders with Developmental Disabilities: a commentary on psychological practice and legislation
- Psychological Services for Stroke Survivors and their Families
- Teasing and bullying in children and young people with cleft lip and/or palate: A framework for formulation
- The role of psychologists in Crisis Resolution Home Treatment (CRHT) Teams
- Understanding formulation - Service User leaflet
- Understanding formulation for young people Service User leaflet
- Understanding psychiatric diagnosis in adult mental health
- What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Occasional papers - members only
These papers are only accessible to DCP members.
Clinical Psychology Forum
Clinical Psychology Forum is designed to serve as a discussion forum for any issues of relevance to clinical psychologists and is the official monthly publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society.
As well as reflecting the diverse and individual views of the Division's membership, CPF also publishes regular updates about DCP policy and business to inform its membership.
The editorial collective welcomes brief articles, reports of events, correspondence, book reviews and announcements.
Fighting stigma in the Muslim community: A service user perspective - Clinical Psychology Forum
Volume: 1 Issue: 349
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Muhammad Khan, Rafeea Patel, Jessica Twigg
Becoming a trauma-informed service for people with learning disabilities: Progress, pitfalls and promise - Clinical Psychology Forum
Volume: 1 Issue: 350
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Kate Campbell, Jill Jones
Development of a wellbeing care plan for staff: Implementation and evaluation within mental health inpatient services - Clinical Psychology Forum
Volume: 1 Issue: 350
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Rachel Chin, Rebecca Forde, Dominic McConnell, Linda-Mary Eriksson, Charlotte Goodall
‘Bridging the gulf’: Reflections on lived experience and psychological safety in clinical psychology training - Clinical Psychology Forum
Volume: 1 Issue: 351
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Laura McGregor, Fiona Wood
DCP-UK ChairEvaluation of a unified protocol transdiagnostic group for treatment of anxiety and depression - Clinical Psychology Forum
Volume: 1 Issue: 352
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Leigh McPhail, Marie Ferguson
If you are thinking of writing a paper for Clinical Psychology Forum then please consult our Guidelines for Contributors.
Please email all copy and correspondence to [email protected]
Book reviews editors
Please contact Tony Wainwright at [email protected] in the first instance if you are interested in reviewing a book for CPF.
Frequently asked questions
What is Clinical Psychology Forum?
Clinical Psychology Forum (CPF) is the official monthly publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society.
As well as reflecting the diverse and individual views of the Division's membership, CPF also publishes regular updates about DCP policy and business to inform its membership.
The CPF has a dual editorship with the Clinical Psychology Editor [email protected] leading on content issues and the Managing Editor [email protected] leading on the reviewing and proofing processes.
What are the aims of Clinical Psychology Forum?
Its aims are to provide a platform for the publication of members' views, opinions, and comments around the profession of clinical psychology within the UK and to update the membership via the dissemination of articles and commissioned pieces reflecting current and future good practice within clinical psychology.
What type of articles do you consider for publication?
Please see the Guidelines for contributors for a full answer to this question as there is a variety of submission types possible.
How do I know whether my article is suitable?
We are unable to give general advice about the suitability of individual manuscripts: that is the main purpose and function of the review process.
If you believe that your manuscript is particularly unusual and falls outside of the guidance, please feel free to approach the Clinical Psychology Editor for advice.
Who can submit articles to Clinical Psychology Forum?
We will consider submissions from anyone who has written an article that meets our guidance.
We welcome contributions from people who are at any level of their career in clinical psychology.
We also welcome contributions from people who are not psychologists but have a vested interest in clinical psychology and its application.
We particularly welcome contributions from people who have accessed services, and from carers of people who have done so.
May I also submit my article for consideration in other publications?
We do not encourage dual publication and there may be serious copyright considerations if this were to happen.
Please notify us, at the time of submission if you have previously or currently submitted your article to any other publications, as we would not wish to simultaneously review or publish a paper.
However, we do not usually impose restrictions on your published article being printed in other publications if an acknowledgement to CPF is included.
Do you have a correspondence page?
We publish correspondence either about articles published within CPF or on issues of general interest to the membership.
We may seek a reply to the letter and if possible, will publish it alongside the original correspondence.
We may edit the length of your letter, especially if it exceeds 500 words.
Please note: the decision of the Clinical Psychology Editor is final.
What format should I use when submitting an article?
We request that articles be compiled using double line spacing, in a reasonably sized, easily readable font (minimum 11pt, maximum 14pt) and that all pages are numbered.
Please follow the BPS general guidelines for formatting and references.
Do you offer guidance on the terminology to use?
Contributors are asked to use language which is respectful and psychologically descriptive rather than medical, and to avoid using devaluing terminology (i.e. avoid clustering terminology like 'the elderly' or medical jargon like 'schizophrenics').
In addition, language should conform to the Society's guidelines on non-sexist or discriminatory terminology.
However, we acknowledge that language is context specific and that occasionally authors may wish to justify the use of particular terms commonly adopted within specific contexts. Please include any such qualifications within an accompanying footnote.
Is ethical approval required?
We would obviously wish to know that any studies which are published were conducted ethically and, where appropriate, that ethics approval has been sought.
In the case of experimental or research papers, we would expect acknowledgement usually of an NHS or University Ethics Committee.
Where approval has not been sought, the authors should account for the lack of ethical scrutiny and what steps were taken to ensure that the research was ethically conducted.
Should I include an abstract?
We request that all articles, apart from reflective pieces and correspondence, include a summary, maximum 40 words, at the beginning of the paper.
Do I need to include references?
We request that articles include an accurate list of all references cited at the end of the paper. See the BPS author guidelines for the style of references required.
Please only cite essential references and ensure no act of plagiarism is committed intentionally or unintentionally.
How long does CPF like papers to be?
We request that articles have a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 3500 words (including references, affiliations, word count, etc.). This will depend on the type of paper – again check with the contributor guidelines.
Please ensure that the total word count is included at the end of your article.
May I incorporate tables and figures?
Tables and figures may be included in your article, but only if they enhance it.
May I include my questionnaire?
We ask readers to request a copy of any questionnaires directly from the contact author, rather than include it in the article itself.
May I use acronyms in my article?
We do accept the use of acronyms, but please spell them out the first time they appear.
What contact details do you require?
We request that articles include the names of all authors, together with their affiliations and job titles. Please ensure that the full email address of the contact author is given for correspondence.
We normally like to publish an email address and Twitter handle where readers might contact the authors individually.
Additional contact details - email, Twitter, telephone, mobile - would be advantageous.
If you have provided a postal address and it is a home address or address that you wish to remain confidential, please can you ensure that this is clearly indicated on your manuscript
How do I submit my article to the CPF?
Please email one copy of your completed article in Word format to [email protected]
What happens when I submit an article?
When your article is received, it will be logged and given a unique identity number within 1 month of receipt.
Each article is then distributed to one or more reviewers (as they become available), with a requested turnaround of four weeks. Typically, your submission should get to a reviewer within 4 months of submission.
Depending on the view of the reviewers, the article may be accepted, accepted with minor modifications, accepted with extensive modifications, or rejected.
We reserve the right to shorten, amend and hold back copy, if needed.
How long does the whole process take?
Timescales vary considerably but on average the whole process, from submission to publication, takes approximately nine months.
Occasionally, articles may be accepted or rejected with minimal delay.
Delays have also sometimes been experienced due to unnotified changes of the contact author's employer or contact details, which is why we ask for a non-work email as well as a work one.
Final publication also depends on the authors returning a completed copyright form.
What happens if I am asked to resubmit?
If you are asked to resubmit an amended version of your article please ensure that you return the amended version to the Managing Editor, showing tracked changes, and state in an accompanying letter how you have addressed the concerns of the reviewer.
The Managing Editor will then contact you again to inform you whether your resubmitted version is suitable for publication.
What happens if the reviewer is unsure whether to accept or reject my article?
This situation only rarely occurs but the procedure is that the reviewer will request a second opinion from another member of the review team or the Clinical Psychology Editor.
What are my options if my article is rejected?
Should your article be rejected you will be notified of the reasons directly. Should you disagree with the justification offered you should initially contact the Clinical Psychology Editor to discuss.
The Clinical Psychology Editor will make the final decision. You may also wish to consider submitting your article for consideration to an alternative publication.
What if I want to complain about Clinical Psychology Forum?
If you feel that you have been unfairly treated by the editorial process offered through Clinical Psychology Forum or wish to take issue with the journal's published content, please contact the Clinical Psychology Editor in the first place.
If this is inappropriate or if your complaint has not been satisfactorily dealt with, we suggest that you contact either the Director of the Membership Services Unit or the DCP Chair.
What happens once my article is accepted?
The Managing Editor will notify you and request that you complete and return the copyright form submitted.
On receipt of both the signed copyright form and e-copy, your article will await publication in the next appropriate edition. There is usually a wait of between one and four months before publication. You will be sent proofs of your submission to check, we would appreciate it if this was done within 4 -6 working days.
After publication you will receive a complimentary copy of the edition incorporating your article as a complete PDF of the final published issue plus the final PDF of your article. This is usually sent out within 1 month of the publication date. A note telling you of your retained rights will be sent at this time.
Do you publish special issues?
From time-to-time CPF will commission or receive suggestions for special issues on a particular theme that might be of interest to a large proportion of the readership. These usually take up to a year to organise and will have around eight to fifteen articles put together by one or two guest editors.
If you are interested in compiling a special issue, please contact the Clinical Psychology Editor with an outline, rationale and some names of potential contributors. Following discussion with the DCP Publications committee, we will get back to you and let you know how to proceed. The Managing Editor will work with you to set a realistic timetable.
How do I become a reviewer for CPF?
We are always keen to recruit new reviewers. Should you wish to be considered, you may contact the Managing Editor. The only requirements are that you are at least 5 years post qualification and a current member of the DCP, guidance will be given to those new to reviewing.
Workforce and training
DCP Careers Resources
Alternative Handbook For Postgraduate Training Courses in Clinical Psychology
This document provides detailed feedback regarding each training course for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Trainees provide qualitative and quantitative feedback each year about their course experience, offering prospective trainees an alternative perspective to The Clearing House website (where applications are made).
Top Tips for Working with Children, Young People and their Families
This document provides useful information and advice to supporting trainees and other pre-qualified clinicians working with children, young people, and their families.
Workforce and training updates
- Workforce and training updates - February 2021
- Workforce and training updates - March 2021
- Workforce and training updates - April 2021
- Workforce and training updates - June 2021
- Workforce and training updates - July 2021
- Workforce and training updates - September 2021
- Workforce and training updates - October 2021
- Workforce and training updates - December 2021
Workforce and training updates - December 2020
National Assessors appointment and update
We are very pleased to be able to announce that Eric Karas, a very experienced National Assessor, has been appointed to the role of interim Chief National Assessor.
The recommendation for the appointment was made by the Lead National Assessors and the Chair of ACP-UK and approved by Alison Clarke (Chair of the Practice Board).
The appointment is interim, as Eric wished to help with the relaunch of the Scheme and the eventual appointment of a Chief Assessor who would take up the appointment for the full three-year term.
The National Assessor scheme is used in providing External Psychology Assessors for appointments to Consultant posts (Band 8C and above) in Health and Social Care (and specific training/research posts within HEIs).
The National Assessor system and guidance documents have recently been reviewed and will shortly be published with relaunch of the Scheme.
We are about to embark on the recruitment of new National Assessors and any psychologists interested in making an application will be able to do this very shortly. We both thank and congratulate Eric in taking up this new role as Chief National Assessor.
HEE Diversity and Inclusion Funded Initiatives for 2020/21
There are three new HEE funded initiatives in this financial year.
- to Clinical Psychology Courses to fund an equality, diversity and inclusion post to improve equity of access and inclusion for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority entrants to Clinical Psychology training
- to Clinical Psychology Courses to develop a mentoring programme for aspiring psychologists from disadvantaged backgrounds
- to Trusts to develop and deliver paid clinical work experience opportunities to aspiring psychologists from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them progress their careers.
More information should be available from your local HEE commissioner.
NHSE/I Chief Psychological Professions Leadership Team
There was welcome news that agreement had been reached to continue to fund beyond March 2021 the NHSE/I Psychological Professions Leadership Team led by Adrian Whittington.
This meant the team could continue to take forward the programme of work that includes developing and evaluating the options regarding a future Chief Psychological Professions Officer, reviewing the involvement of Experts by Experience in the training of psychological professionals and working with NHS Digital to develop ways of recording and recognising the indirect work of psychological professionals.
Workforce and training updates - November 2020
The People Plan was published in July 2020 with a strong section on the mental health workforce, which set out the commitment to the 25% expansion of clinical psychology trainee numbers for the 2020/21 intake alongside significant expansion in the wider psychological workforce.
There is a very clear commitment, if money is made available in the spending review, to consolidate and increase this expansion in future years to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan. It is vital that the community responds positively to these developments which means courses adapting to larger numbers and services expanding the number of available supervisors and placements.
The National Psychological Professions Workforce Planning Group (NHSE/I HEE) has provided an important source of influence in the NHS on which the BPS/DCP is well represented.
Chaired by Adrian Whittington and Louisa Stuart it:
- is about to publish ‘a vision’ for the psychological professions
- has secured funding to develop Psychological Professions Networks in all Regions in England and the appointment of Leads is proceeding
- is launching a national experts by experience project to look how such experts are and can be involved in the training of the psychological professions
- is looking at options in development of a Chief Psychological Professions Officer, including securing the funding for the current leadership team (led by Adrian) for 2021/22
- is launching a Psychological Professions week, starting on 16 November 2020
Approved clinician role: each region has been allocated money to fund the training and backfill for staff to occupy these roles. It is important for clinical psychologists to take up this opportunity and to find out the key HEE staff involved in this funding opportunity.
The national assessor system is about to be relaunched with revised guidelines, a new chief assessor and revised information for employers about the appointment of consultants. A check is being undertaken that existing national assessors wish to continue and there will be a call for new national assessors.
We urge clinical psychologists Band 8C and above to put themselves forward.
This National Stakeholder Group (established in April 2019) chaired by Adrian Whittington and Louisa Stewart (and on which the DCP have representatives in the form of Esther Cohen-Tovee and Tony Lavender) has established that the delivery of the NHS Plan will require an increase of 8,500 new psychological professions. The 25% increase in clinical psychologists in England provides a welcome but relatively small step in achieving the required numbers.
It came just in time to deliver the increase for the 2020 intake which meant that some reserve list applicants were offered places immediately. It is not yet established that this increase will be maintained next year but we will be arguing strongly that it should and that there should be a further increase given the numbers required for the delivery of the NHS Plan.
There are moves across the four nations to establish a Chief Psychological Professions Officer (CPPO). In England the National Stakeholder Group received a paper outlining the options for developing such a role (to parallel the Chief Nurse and Chief Allied Health Professions Officer roles). A small leadership team accountable to NHSE/I and HEE will be funded from October 2020 to March 2021 but this is not permanent and needs further development and consolidation. In response to the options a joint letter explaining what is required has been sent from all the eight psychological professions’ organisations.
The role is necessary if the psychological professions are to be closely involved in the development of policy and workforce plans rather than just being involved in providing responses to consultations. It would be part of such a role to ensure there was psychological leadership in all parts of the system. The DCP and the BPS policy leads alongside the other psychological professions organisations are playing a key role in this work.
Building on the NHS Interim People Plan a people action plan has been published by NHSE/I in July 2021.
This Plan sets out actions for the leaders and staff in the short term but hopes to use the principals generated as part of building a sustainable future. It focuses on how staff must look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as actions to grow and train the workforce, and work together differently to deliver patient care.
Central themes of this report are:
- more staff
- working differently
- compassionate and inclusive culture
The plan sets out actions that employers and systems should take, as well as the actions that NHSEI and HEE will take. The focus is on:
- Looking after staff – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone.
- Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on the discrimination that some staff face.
- New ways of working – capturing innovation, much of it led by NHS staff.
- Growing for the future – how to recruit, train and keep staff and welcome back ex staff who want to return
The six Chapters expand on these themes and provide detailed actions expected. They are heavily influenced by the experience of delivering services during the pandemic.
It is colourfully presented with many photos of NHS staff (though, unfortunately, not any clinical psychologists).
In chapter 5 “Growing for the Future” the importance of expanding psychological services is stressed and increasing clinical psychology training places is included. This is to be welcomed although this is under the banner of mental health services rather than across the healthcare system.
Each local ICS is asked to develop a local People Plan in response to the national plan, to be reviewed by regional and system level People Boards. Employers are also encouraged to devise their own local People Plan and metrics will be developed by September 2020 with the intention to track progress using the NHS Oversight Framework.
The Plan is a further enhancement of the earlier Interim People Plan although still does not capture the importance of psychological services in helping to enable the transformation required.
It is important that Psychologists understand the plan and show locally and nationally how they can contribute to the actions outlined but also to a more deeply psychologically informed NHS.
Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
The Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (GTiCP) is a network for colleagues involved in delivering training programmes in clinical psychology across the UK.
It provides a forum for discussion and debate of matters of strategic importance to clinical psychology training, as well as more practical and operational support to those involved in different aspects of training delivery.
There are seperate groups for academic tutors, clinical tutors, research tutors, service users and carers. They usually meet at each GTiCP meeting and the annual conference.
These groups also have their own email discussion lists.
To be added to one (or more) of these lists please email us.
Statement of Intent: Anti-Racism
The GTiCP Programme Directors Sub-group is committed to ensuring that all members of the clinical psychology training community feel welcome and included and can learn and work free from the insidious and harmful effects of racism and other forms of discrimination.
Psychologists with lived experience of mental health problems
The Division of Clinical Psychology publicly recognises and supports the unique and valued contribution that lived experience of mental health difficulties brings to individuals working within clinical psychology.
When lived experience is actively valued in aspiring, trainee and qualified clinical psychologists, it can help to enrich practice and improve service provision.
This document has been produced as guidance for the clinical psychology training community in order to increase the likelihood that trainees who experience mental health difficulties will be well supported.
Another central aim in producing this guidance was to recognise that mental health difficulties are just as common among mental health professionals and those in training as they are in the general population, and to challenge the silence, stigma and shame that often surrounds mental health difficulties.
Join the DCP
Membership of the DCP is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.
If you are not already a member you can join the DCP at the same time as applying for membership of the BPS.
There are three grades of divisional membership:
Full Divisional membership
For fully qualified psychologists who are eligible for Chartered Status.
In-training Divisional membership
For psychologists in-training who hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and are working towards Chartered status and Full Divisional membership.
General Divisional membership
For members of the society who are not currently eligible for the above grades, to join as a General Member.
Benefits of DCP Membership
Access to the Division's Member Query System, answering your professional queries
Access to the DCP online community where you can engage, interact and network with other clinical psychologists around the UK
Automatic Membership of your local DCP Branch enabling you to participate in the business and scientific meetings of the branch with consequent professional benefits of involvement at a local level
Co-ordinated input into consultation documents circulated by Scottish & Westminster Parliaments, thereby ensuring a psychological perspective on issues relating to future legislation
Discount on registration for the DCP Annual Conference and CPD events
Eligibility for membership of our various Faculties specialising in various areas of clinical psychology
Full Membership of the Division provides eligibility for nomination to serve on the national DCP Committee, your local branch committee, sub-committees and working parties of the Division
Journal access through EBSCO
Professional status easily recognised by employing authorities and other professional bodies
Members joining the Division at General (Assistant) or In-Training membership grade will automatically also become members of the Division's Pre-Qualification Group, whose purpose is to ensure that members have a voice within the profession.
The Pre-Qual Group gathers and distributes information and knowledge on current developments that impacts on their members.
The Division of Clinical Psychology relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Division is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.
The Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) uses its membership announcement email list to inform members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues.
By becoming a member of the DCP you are automatically allocated to the announcement list.
To receive these emails you will need to:
- become a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
- opt into receiving email communications and provide a working email address
These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.
If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.
To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'DCP announcement email' in the subject line.
Joining the society provides access to a variety of benefits and member resources. These include:
- access to a wide variety of articles and publications
- the ability to join and participate in our online communities
- subsidised publication charges for certain journals
- reduced rates for BPS events