Formal teaching: delivery of learning and teaching experiences
Teaching and learning on the programme (with the exception of mandatory NHS trust training sessions) is designed specifically for clinical psychology trainees. To ensure that teaching is as relevant as possible to current practice and is based on the most up-to-date evidence, much of the teaching is delivered by practising clinical psychologists. Teaching is also delivered by other health and social services professionals, as well as users of services and other experts by experience. The majority of teaching on communication skills, research skills and personal development and reflection is delivered by members of the programme staff.
Programme staff work in small teams to plan and co-ordinate teaching within the nine thematic 'strands' that run throughout the three years of training, and these staff liaise closely with external teachers to ensure the learning experience for trainees is coherent and consistent. Learning and Teaching activities are designed to work towards the programme's Learning and Teaching Vision. The programme also runs occasional 'good practice in teaching' workshops for all those who teach for the programme.
The format of teaching is varied, adopting a broad range of approaches, often within a single teaching session. Teaching is mostly delivered in 'whole day' (5 hours) or 'half day' (2.5 hours) sessions which will usually include a combination of delivery modes including such elements as didactic presentations, small and large group discussion, workshop exercises, role-play and use the use of audio-visual materials as appropriate. The programme issues guidance to teachers on the production of teaching materials to maximise their accessibility to any trainees with visual impairment or dyslexia.