Local Clinicians are involved in all areas of the programme: teaching, research, supervision, selection and assessment. In terms of teaching, we are fortunate that we can call on the expertise of a wide selection of clinicians within the region to provide the latest ‘real world’ teaching of models of mental health within the NHS. Furthermore, all trainees are supported on placement by local clinicians who provide clinical placements and act as clinical supervisors. Local Clinicians have been vital in helping the Programme develop its leadership agenda. We keenly believe that the skills and training of Clinical Psychologists equips them to operate with highly complex clinical cases, but also allows them to influence delivery of care within organisations. Our OSCEs – a formative assessment unique to our ClinPsyD programme – are one of the ways in which we support trainees in developing their skills in this area.
The course is central component of ensuring provision of Clinical Psychologists to serve the future employment needs of the region, and is supported by our local commissioners (NHS Health Education East of England) in achieving this. Our course is proud of the fact that a high percentage of our trainees (>70%) remain within the region after qualifying.
The doctoral training programme especially values the contribution and collaboration of people with lived experience of mental health or other problems, especially people who have made use of psychology services as part of their journey. The expertise offered by people with this direct lived experience is vital in making sure the doctoral training programme embraces values of inclusion, compassion and mutual respect, and enables trainees to understand the diverse types of expertise (not just professional) that can be brought to understanding distress and improving health and well-being.
We include and work with people with lived experience across all domains of the programme (with the exception of summative assessments) including:
- Interviewing and selecting candidates for the course
- Developing teaching approaches and materials
- Delivering, collaborating in or co-producing teaching
- Reviewing plans for doctoral research theses
- Contributing to programme developments through planning and committee meeting attendance
- Providing feedback and evaluation of trainee skills in formative assessments such as the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.
We work closely with the Experts by Experience committee of the Norwich Medical School in making sure that we follow best practice in supporting people with lived experience in their roles with us through training, payment and support to both experts by experience and programme staff. Whilst we still have more work to do on including people with diverse backgrounds and types of lived experience, and increasing collaboration in our research programmes, we have achieved a great deal over the last few years that has genuinely enriched the experiences of staff, trainees and our experts by experience, and the clinical psychology programme as a whole.