Clinical Practice Director
I have been employed full-time by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as the Clinical Practice Director for the Programme since 2012.
Prior to this, I completed my undergraduate degree (1992) and a one-year research MPhil (1994) at the University of Cambridge. My clinical training was at the University of East Anglia programme and I qualified in 1999 before working full-time in Adult Mental Health in West Lothian. I joined the Clinical Tutor team in July 2005 working part-time as Clinical Tutor and then Senior Clinical Tutor alongside continuing to work in my clinical role until 2012.
Responsibilities & affiliations
As Clinical Practice Director, I line manage the Clinical Tutor Team which is responsible for the clinical placement elements of training. This includes determining the competences that trainees need to develop on placements; assessing whether trainees are developing these at the required stages of training; and approving placements and training supervisors to ensure that trainees have sufficient learning opportunities and high quality supervision on their placements.
I lead on Selection for the Programme and am committed to increasing the diversity of our training cohorts and to developing an inclusive training environment for all trainees.
I am also a member of the BPS Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
I am currently working on a NES project to develop a questionnaire for trainees to report their perceptions of the quality of supervision they receive on placement. This is part of a larger service development project to implement a confidential survey for postgraduate applied psychology trainees in Scotland about their experiences of placement supervision and the placement environment.