Staff Continuous Professional Development Strategy

The Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is committed to the continuous professional development (CPD) of its programme staff as an integral part of development and quality assurance. The staff CPD strategy aims to strike a balance between individual career development needs, as identified through the annual Professional Development Review (PDR) process, and the needs of the programme, in terms of areas of progression which require new knowledge and skills as well as more routine updating of core staff competencies. All programme staff, whether NHS- or university-employed or part-time or full-time, have a PDR with their immediate line manager. The action plans resulting from the PDRs are reviewed at regular intervals during the year and targets monitored.

Involvement in national committees, as well as acting as an external examiner is considered to be continuing professional development as well as a key professional responsibility. Staff may also be supported to attend conferences and seminars so as to present their own research, as part of their professional development.

Network/Conference Attendance and Membership of Online Forums

  • Psychological Professions' Network
  • Health Education England strategy events
  • Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology service user conferences (BPS)
  • Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology conferences, meetings and events (BPS)
  • National and North West Division of Clinical Psychology events (BPS)
  • Partnership and Accreditation Committee (BPS)
  • Children and Young People Conference (BPS)
  • Health Inequalities events
  • Westminster Forum Events
  • Public Health England events
  • Assessment Practice Conference
  • Global Health Research Funding
  • Solution Focused World Conference
  • Managing Disability Conference
  • Asylum: Action & Reaction Conference
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychologists conference
  • Research Evidence & Findings in Therapeutic Communities
  • Beyond the Therapy Room
  • Inclusive Practice Event
  • Community Psychology UK

Development and maintenance of clinical skills mix

Internal and external supervision - using a variety of models including:

  • Coaching
  • Narrative
  • Cognitive analytical therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
Gaining specific clinical qualifications in:
  • Cognitive analytic supervision
  • Diploma in Neuropsychology
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Certificate in third wave CBT

National roles

  • Secretary for Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (BPS)
  • Co-chair Committee of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (BPS)