Clinical Psychology

Advisory Panel of Experts by Experience

Established in 2011, Advisory Panel of Experts by Experience (APEX) represents the perspective of those with lived experience of using health & social care services, including parents and carers. We are a small, friendly and welcoming group from a range of backgrounds. If you use or have used health or social care services, we would love you to consider joining our group. We particularly wish to encourage people who have experience of using clinical psychology services to join us. We welcome enquiries from people from a range of different backgrounds and with a diverse range of skills. We support the training of clinical psychologists on the Edinburgh training programme, ensuring that the voice of lived experience is recognised and valued as part of the training experience.

What does APEX do?

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Improving Training

We work in partnership with the clinical and academic staff and trainees from the University of Edinburgh to contribute to and influence the delivery of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme from a lived experience perspective. We can and do make a difference.

APEX members are involved in various ways in a wide range of different activities. We recognise that the level of involvement of each individual will depend on interest and availability.

Some of the activities we are involved in:

  • Induction of new trainees
  • Selection of trainees
  • Teaching trainees
  • Reviewing the curriculum
  • Supporting research
  • Attending and presenting at the training conference 
  • Representing APEX on range of sub-committees: Selection sub-committee/Joint Training Committee

For more information, view the panel Terms of Reference 

Who can be part of APEX?

meeting with students

If you use or have used health or social care services, we would love you to consider joining our group. We particularly wish to encourage people who have experience of using clinical psychology services to join us.  We welcome enquiries from people from a range of different backgrounds and with a diverse range of skills. We support the training of clinical psychologists on the Edinburgh training programme, ensuring that the voice of lived experience is recognised and valued as part of the training experience.

For more information, view the APEX role profile

Join us!

If you’re interested in joining APEX and would like further information, please contact our Administrator:

Clinical.tutor.admin@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 651 3973

Testimonials

I find it very enjoyable to work alongside trainee psychologists in the hope of creating better services.

LinAPEX member

I enjoy being a member of APEX. We make a positive contribution to ensuring that the training reflects the views of people with experience of mental health difficulties. We have been successful in bringing about several changes to the recruitment and training and have opportunities to speak to the trainees which they find extremely helpful.

KirstenAPEX member

Having members of APEX talk to us about their experiences makes a real difference to our training. Hearing from those with lived experience can help us as trainees better appreciate the impact of our work and consider the weight of the privilege we will have as Clinical Psychologists. It is so important for experts to be involved in every part of the training process and to help us go into our jobs advocating for better mental health services with an invaluable insight into what the experience is like for those with mental health problems. 

HannahTrainee psychologist