The programme's extensive team of stakeholders is held in high esteem, without such dedication the programme would not have such a strong reputation for its teaching, research, supervision and assessment procedures. The programme works with all stakeholders in an effort to respond to local need and current training and practice issues. There are a number of additional opportunities for stakeholders involved with the programme:
We endeavour to maintain our strong stakeholder liaison to continue to further develop our programme's strengths and undertake new initiatives.
Stakeholder's gave the following comments about the experience of working with the programme:
"From an early stage of my development as a psychologist I have received a lot of support and encouragement from different psychologists in the north west of England. This has not only shaped my clinical skills, but my view of the profession: as an open, sharing and stimulating environment to work in; and where uncertainty is seen as ok, and with the right support can lead to new avenues of exploration and insights with a fresh sense of optimism. This is a philosophy I have taken in to my qualified practice, and which I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to develop as part of my involvement with Lancaster University DClin course. I have particularly enjoyed my experience supervising trainees, seeing this as both an important responsibility, but also a privilege that I can contribute to the skills of others, and of the profession as a whole. Teaching has also been another exciting opportunity, being able to share different aspects of my own learning in the field, and to contribute to innovative developments in practice. Involvement with the course has hopefully had a lot of two way benefits, and I am excited about ongoing involvement."
"I feel proud to have been a Lancaster trainee. I value their ethos of training in that no one particular model or way of operating as a clinical psychologist is subscribed to, but rather space is given for trainees to develop the necessary skills to become the psychologist they choose to be. I look forward to my ongoing involvement with the course and to, in some way, supporting the process that encourages new trainees to grow into competent and respectful practitioners."
- Louise Mozo Dutton (2006 intake)
"From the interview process to the graduation ceremony, over three years later, I felt that the Lancaster programme always pushed to get the best out of me. The support and guidance offered by the programme team was exceptional, making the process much more manageable. Despite being a training programme I was always made to feel like a colleague. Consequently, the decision to stay involved in the programme was an easy one. I hope to share the knowledge imparted onto me to future cohorts through teaching, examining, research supervision and offering placements; giving soon-to-be qualified clinical psychologists the excellent experience that I had."
- Dr. Ian Rushton
"I trained on the Lancaster DClinPsy between 2005 and 2008 - a challenging but enjoyable experience. The course team are enthusiastic and committed trainers and I found them to be supportive of my individual circumstances as a parent of a young child.
Since qualifying I've been keen to maintain my links with the course and contribute to trainees' development, and have been involved in examining trainees' work, supervising a thesis, interviewing and selection of prospective trainees and teaching. This and the training provided by the course for examiners and selectors, has provided interesting CPD and enabled me to keep in touch with the course team and developments in training."
"As a clinical psychologist working in the NHS I valued being invited to contribute to teaching, supervising and examining trainees on the course. I wanted to be involved in contributing to the development of trainees so that when they joined the NHS they were truly fit for purpose. Trainees are our future colleagues and smooth transitions into employment are now rare. Efficient preparation is essential. As we are all aware, the changing economic climate has catalysed a seemingly perpetual state of complexity. Psychologists are increasingly pressurised to deliver more for less within a context of psychological services being adapted and designed to meet the needs of ever shifting and changing patient populations. Adaptability and innovation are vital."
In contributing to the Lancs D.Clin.Psy. course I have been encouraged by the foci on service development and leadership as well as a breadth of theoretical orientation. It is motivating to think that this nurturing environment is creating great psychologists. And put more simply, the trainees and staff who I've dealt with have been lovely".
- Dr Ashley-Christopher Fallon