The Board of Directors
In 2018-2019 the Interim Board of Directors met to discuss what the key Director Roles should be after our first round of elections in May 2019. Members voted for a Chair, six directors to be allocated to executive positions by the Board, a Director for Early Careers and Directors for each of the four nations of the UK. There are a number of other representative Director Roles to which the Board has co-opted colleagues with the requisite experience. The Director of Training was put forward by the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology. The Director of Trainees will be elected by a team of eight Trainee Representatives, two from each nation.
The current Board of Directors has been elected for a three year term commencing on June 21st 2019. It consists of an executive team who are involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation, and a number of representative roles. They are as follows:
Chair of the
Board of Directors
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1980 and have worked in a variety of mental health settings. I have been involved in clinical psychology training for 30 years and have led the Hull and (more recently) Leicester courses. I was UK Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology in 2002/3: I led the move to backfill arrangements for DCP Officers and the introduction of service user representation in the DCP. I represented the DCP on New Ways of Working for Psychiatrists and subsequently co-led the Training Project Group on New Ways of Working in Applied Psychology. I have served as an expert member of a NICE clinical guidance committee. I have clinical psychology contacts in many other countries and am familiar with the politics and history of the profession in European, American, African and Asian contexts. I have a longstanding interest in, and commitment to, diversity, inclusion, spirituality and cultural competence. I am of dual ethnic heritage and was born and brought up in the North of England.
Clinically I have practised mainly in adult mental health and in physical health contexts. I am also a qualified clinical neuropsychologist and continue to see people with acquired brain injury. I have a longstanding research interest in states of consciousness during general anaesthesia and the prevention and treatment of psychological trauma arising in anaesthetic and surgical contexts. I am an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester.
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience in NHS adult and forensic mental health services, and clinical psychology training. I currently work on the Leicester course and in private practice. I am firmly rooted in clinical work – especially one-to-one therapeutic work with individuals – but also interested in the powerful effects of organizational dynamics and social contexts. My research has looked at staff needs and the impact of reflective practice groups.
I am particularly keen on helping ACP-UK to become a healthy and dynamic organization – un-defensive, open to learning and responsive to its members. My role is Director of Operations, which means I focus on the realization of our strategy in how we work as a team, and arrange our resources and on-the-ground activities. My commitment to ACP-UK stems from a belief in the often unrecognized talents and expertise of clinical psychology colleagues. I want to work to address this lack of recognition and understanding of what we offer – for the benefit of the clients who use our services, to raise morale within our profession, and to make society as a whole more psychologically aware.
I did English as a first degree and have always enjoyed writing. One of the attractions of working for ACP-UK is the challenge of communicating psychological ideas in an effective way to those outside the profession. I have written two books: my book about psychotherapeutic process ‘The Good Story’ was written with the South African novelist JM Coetzee; a second book, ‘How To Run Reflective Practice Groups’, will be published in January 2020.
I welcome the chance to work for ACP-UK at this early stage because it provides an opportunity to put into practice ideas developed from a longstanding interest in organisational structures and processes. What is a healthy organisation? Can we create a sound and effective body to represent our profession? I believe the answer is yes to both these questions, and I am looking forward to playing my part in ensuring that from the start we build an organisation that reflects our aims and our values.
Director of External
Hello, my name is Ché and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can.
My role is Director for External Relations. So, I will be taking a lead in building good working relationships with our stakeholders.
I co-founded ACP-UK because I firmly believe that clinical psychology is an essential component of our public health workforce both within and outside of the NHS. It is essential that we have a regular, reliable, consistent strong voice to make the most of what we have to offer society as a profession. My experience is that it is helpful when clinical psychology and psychologists questions itself with the help of critical friends so that we continue to evolve. I believe it is possible to promote our profession without diminishing the contributions of others who have similar values and goals.
I started working mainly within adult mental health in 1994 and qualified with the Salomons course in 2000. I have worked within assertive outreach, CMHT, early intervention, outpatient psychotherapy and inpatient services and led a large team of psychological practitioners including psychologists and psychotherapists. I enjoy teaching, supervision and consultation and promote a compassionate, curious stance in my work. I have held leadership roles within the British Psychological Society with the Division of Clinical Psychology Executive (2014-2016) and was Chair of the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty (2014-17) serving 13 years on this committee. I have learnt much from many service users, carers, and colleagues over the years and have been grateful for all the informal mentoring I have received. When it comes to mental health and wellbeing I am a strong supporter of the Only Us Campaign. I don’t shy away from naming and working with differences however energising and difficult this might be. Many of my personal values that led me to become a psychologist come from Scouting where international citizenship, inclusion, team-working and creativity are fundamentals, I am a friendly person and what I am best at is finding out who knows and can do what, that furthers a cause and then connecting people together. I currently work part time for the NHS with homeless people and service providers for the homeless and part time independently as an organisational consultant and therapist.
I would like ACP-UK to be an open, transparent, listening and learning organisation, accessible to and built with its members and external stakeholders. Whether you are a trainee, qualified, associate member, I would like people to feel that they belong here, they are treated with respect, have a voice and that they are helped to shape this community.
As Director of Finance, I will be working to establish ACP-UK as a financially robust and stable organisation, in order that it may effectively represent and guide the profession. I have led the Clinical Psychology Department in the Leicestershire Early Intervention in Psychosis Service since 2005, and more recently I held the position of Divisional Research Lead within the Trust. I have also worked as Clinical Tutor on the Leicester training course since 2004, as well as acting as External Examiner to other clinical psychology training programmes in recent years.
I have a longstanding commitment to representing the interests of Clinical Psychologists, and I served as Union representative supporting the local clinical psychology community for several years. I am looking forward to using these experiences to shape the development of our fledgling organisation. As a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Therapist I am interested in the way people and organisations are positioned through language and discourse, and I am keen to help ACP-UK establish a position of credibility and influence.
Throughout my career, which spans 3 years training in Manchester (1971 – 1974), 28 years in the NHS (1974 – 2002) and 16 years since then, working for my own company Psynapse (Psychological Services) Ltd, I have devoted time and attention to the organisation and promotion of clinical psychologists’ services. From Chair of the BPS DCP 1980 – 83 to the DCP SGM resolution in London May 2016, through workshops and symposia at a succession of DCP Annual Conferences and the Hundred Flowers workshops (with Derek Mowbray of MAS) in 2011, via articles in The Psychologist and CP Forum I have argued that the 1990 ‘internal market’ and its consequences were a watershed in healthcare in this country. Clinical psychologists’ services therefore needed to become more visible, responsive and accessible in order to have the impact that our countries so desperately need. Unfortunately, we had only limited success in coping with what, perhaps inadvertently, became quite a hostile environment and we felt the lack of a clear national voice.
Now we have our own Association, with Directors and members from all four nations of the UK. It does not have the burdens of being a charity, but it is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.). That guarantees that everything it does is intended to contribute to the improvement of the health, social care and well-being of the population of the UK. The means by which ACP-UK plans to achieve those ends are by promoting, publicising, supporting and developing the contributions of clinical psychologists. The greater the number of members for whom ACP-UK can speak, the greater the influence it can have at national and regional levels That is why those of us who have been setting it up want you and your colleagues to help us make the ACP-UK an effective voice on behalf of the profession and an effective contributor to progress and innovation in health and social care.
My invited role with the ACP is to establish and embed the voice of Experts by Experience, engage with fellow professionals, and seek to engage members of the public. Guided by the co produced ACP constitution, we intend to consider as many mechanisms of professional and public involvement as practicable.
I am the ACP-UK representative for Northern Ireland. It is an honour and a privilege to have this role and join the ACP-UK Board of Directors.
I believe that the contribution made by our profession has in the past not been sufficiently acknowledged and promoted, particularly at the national level. Therefore it is great to be part of an organisation with such talented and committed folk dedicated to changing this.
I am a practising Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology / Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to this I worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Hospitals, Belfast, the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the Maudsley Hospital, London.
ACP-UK is a wonderfully supportive organisation with ambitious and achievable plans for the future. I am very impressed by how it promotes, supports and represents Clinical Psychologists. If you are not yet a member I would encourage you to consider joining and play a role in shaping the future of our profession. If you would like to get in touch with me please do email, [email protected]
I have spent most of my clinical psychology career working in the field of forensic mental health. These days, my job as Head of Psychology for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde mainly involves management and professional leadership responsibilities but I am still a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team in a low secure hospital. I see all aspects of my work as being about improving psychological well-being, be this at the level of individual patient care or organisational culture. Each move I have made in my career and the professional interests I have followed have been about extending my influence, and that of my profession, to this end. There is still a long, long way to go before sufficient attention is paid to psychological factors in the prevention and treatment of physical and mental health problems. Greater steps can be made if we work together as a community of clinical psychologists, forming networks, accessing expertise and sharing experiences across the country. A strong professional body provides the vehicle to do this.
I work with young people and families across Yorkshire (NHS). My practice is in-line with systemic and cognitive analytic approaches, with particular consideration to the lessons we can learn from critical psychology and community engagement.
I fall into the same category that I represent on the ACP-UK Board of Directors – in that I am an early career psychologist myself; I trained at the University of Hertfordshire and qualified in 2017. Previous to this and for over four years, I played a key role in the Pre-Qualification Group (PQG) within the Division of Clinical Psychology – co-chairing the group before and throughout my own training journey.
I have recently edited a book entitled ‘Surviving Clinical Psychology: The personal, professional & political selves on the journey to qualification’ that addresses the needs of early career psychologists – before, during and after clinical training. The book asks some key questions about ‘what clinical psychology can become’ and the key threads to the text are tied to the necessity of establishing a key public presence and influential voice on the things that really matter – all of which link with my vision for what the ACP-UK could stand for and become, as we build our professional body together.
I see early career psychologists as having a crucial role in taking this vision forward.
More broadly, I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an occasional lecturer on the University of Hertfordshire DClinPsy course. I continue to publish on a range of topics, that for example include, community psychology approaches (e.g. ‘Pebbles in Palms’), identity and difference (e.g. ‘becoming a visibly tattooed psychologist’), and team approaches (e.g. systemic response to service restructures).
I trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and after qualifying (a mere 13- month Diploma then), I joined the staff of the Clinical Teaching Section (the Maudsley Course) in the Psychology Department, working clinically in the Children’s Department of the Maudsley Hospital and the Adolescent Unit at the Bethlem. I then moved to the Institute of Education for a time, then re-joining the NHS as Principal Psychologist in the Child Psychiatry Department at St George’s Hospital, London. I eventually became Head of Clinical Psychology in Wandsworth District, London in a Top Grade (Special Responsibility) post.
Following yet another reorganization I took the Child Psychology service to St George’s Hospital Acute Trust where I remained until early retirement in 1997. I was then appointed to the Chair of Clinical Psychology in the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway University of London to set up and run the Clinical Doctorate for its first 7 years, retiring in 2004. While running the course, I worked clinically in the Paediatric Department at Charing Cross Hospital and in community services through the Ashford Hospital in Middlesex, and then moved from clinical work to join the then Health Advisory Service as a Child Psychology advisor. I was junior and then senior editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry over a period of 14 years.
From my Maudsley days, I specialised in working with children with autism and communication difficulties as well as in epidemiological and behaviour therapy research and interventions in the NHS, homes and schools. I also specialised in psychometrics and approaches to assessment.
I have for many years been interested in computing and healthcare informatics, getting involved in creating a psychology/psychiatry dataset and developing software for NHS CAMHS clinical record keeping. At Royal Holloway I developed the ACE programme for doctoral trainees to log and analyse clinical experiences.
Because of my strong interest in healthcare records I became involved in the very early days of setting standards for record content through various NHS and other bodies, culminating in my membership and involvement in establishing the PRSB (Professional Records Standards for Health and Social Care) as the BPS and Professional Practice Board representative. I have written several related papers trying (unsuccessfully – I think) to get CPs to engage with electronic clinical records so that their contributions to services can be properly captured and reflected. I continue to believe that failure to engage fully has led to the profession being disadvantaged as others in mental health specify the core content of records and become more involved in the rapidly developing national informatics agenda.
My involvement with ACP-UK is the culmination of a long history of engagement with CP as a profession, beginning in the 1960’s when I joined the BPS and DCP with a particular focus on services for children and families. I regarded CAMHS as a major specialty within clinical psychology with its own professional requirements. My efforts culminated in my setting up the DCP Child Psychology Special Interest Group and later was involved in establishing the Child Faculty in the DCP.
I have sat on more committees and working parties of the BPS/DCP and elsewhere than I care to remember, but always aiming to foster CP and its unique roles. I have never underestimated the importance of the BPS or the contributions of the DCP to the growth and development of the profession. But I also recognised a long time ago that the BPS was never designed to fully meet the professional needs of CP and that the DCP was never designed properly to support the emergence, development and professional aspirations of the diverse specialties of its members and Faculties. I do not underestimate the challenges facing ACP-UK as it works to create a professional body for CPs, but I see this initiative, long in coming, as the first really important step to creating something that can, with the support of its membership, become immensely important to CPs and their aspirations, both as practitioners and on behalf of the people they work with.
The ACP has become an important voice within the profession, providing a new avenue for Clinical Psychologists to be able to more fully articulate and publicise the important benefits psychology can offer to society, organisations, and individuals. Part of my role as Director for Trainers and Training Courses is to facilitate communication and promote active partnership between the ACP and the broader clinical psychology training community within the UK.
I have a strong commitment to Clinical Psychology training, and specifically, the role of research within that training. For the past 10 years I have worked as a Research Clinical Psychologist on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, supporting trainees to develop the knowledge, expertise, and values to conduct clinically-relevant and impactful research.
Clinical Psychologists bring a research-informed, evidence-based psychological perspective to all aspects of healthcare, and I firmly believe these skills not only enable us to better support the people and organisations with whom we work, but also provide us with the tools to make real changes and improvements where required.
I am delighted to join the Board of Directors in order to play my part in highlighting the benefits clinical psychology science, training, and practice can bring to healthcare and society more broadly.