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Guidelines on Activity for Clinical Psychologists - Relevant factors and the function and utility of job plans

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This document:

  • clarifies some aspect of the practise of clinical psychology
  • outlines the range of areas of work that will come under the remit of a clinical psychologist
  • makes recommendations about how a local arrangement might be best developed
  • may help in finding innovative solutions to provide a cost effective, well focused and quality service.

It also provides examples of job plans for different grades, although, given the range of specialist areas of work and variation in roles, these should be viewed as illustrative only.

 

Contents

Recommendations

Summary Statement

Introduction

Clarifying some aspects of the work:

  • Terminology
  • Length of client contacts
  • Non face-to-face aspects of client work
  • Travel time
  • Supervision and CPD
  • Part-time workers and those in split posts

The value and role of job plans:

  • Working out a job plan
  • Example job plan for a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist within a community mental health team for older adults
  • Example job plan for a Band 8b Clinical Psychologist in a service for adults of working age in secondary mental health
  • Example job plan for a Band 8c or 8d Clinical Psychologist working in a child, adolescent and family service in secondary care
  • Example job plan for a Band 9 Clinical Psychologist

Targets for client activity

Balance of direct clinical to indirect clinical activity or non client related activity

Group work versus individual work

Caseload

Additional factors:

  • Generic team/service activity/duty
  • Care co-ordination roles
  • Waiting times and waiting lists
  • Trainees

Disagreements about clinical activity

References

Appendix

Contributors

 

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