Clinical Psychology Future Representation

Clinical Psychology Future Representation

There has been significant debate around the future representation of clinical psychology as a profession. There has been a recent Special General Meeting of the Division of Clinical Psychology with presentations by Esther Cohen-Tovee, Peter Kinderman and Reg Morris where the issues were outlined.

In the afternoon, the DCP Alumni group led by Reg Morris, Mike Wang and Alex Stirzaker presented an overview on the establishment of a new body.

More information on the UK Based Clinical Psychology Facebook Group 

Also, there is a google group: The Future of UK Clinical Psychology (sign-up is required). 

Access the Alumni Survey mentioned in some of the information. 

The new Association of Clinical Psychologists has developed its terms of reference and there is a newsletter update:


Event: The Future Professional Representation of Clinical Psychology

There has been debate going on around the future representation of clinical psychology and what is required to ensure an effective and sustainable workforce that can contribute to health and social care developments. There are significant differences in opinion around what is needed for the profession and how this can be achieved. There are constraints on how this could be achieved within existing professional body structures. There have been emerging voices and groups proposing alternative models. However, there has not been a forum where representatives of the different points of view can come together and engage in constructive debate.

North West Psychological Professions Network is delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for this debate. Representatives from a range of perspectives engaged in a panel discussion. There were representatives from the following areas:

  • The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • The BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Executive Committee
  • The newly formed Association for Clinical Psychology
  • North West Psychological Professions Network
  • Minorities in Clinical Training Group
  • Psychologists for Social Change (formerly Psychologists Against Austerity)
  • People who have accessed clinical psychology services
  • Clinical Psychologists in independent practice
  • Clinical psychologists who are not members of the BPS

The discussion was chaired and facilitated by Neil McLauchlan (Local Director, Health Education England) who acts as an experienced commissioner of clinical psychology training. This is a pivotal time for clinical psychology as a profession, watch the panel present their perspectives.

The event was live-streamed and there was a very active Twitter feed that also contributed to the discussion. Over 100 people watched it live. The recording is available via the PPN YouTube channel ( - the link works best with newer browsers) for anyone who wants to hear and see more and contribute to the debate.

Please provide feedback on the event by completing this survey.


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