Trainees lead national event

Three trainee clinical psychologists from NHS Dumfries and Galloway are leading the organisation of a workshop through the Scottish branch of the Division of Clinical Psychology.

The event aims to help trainees and newly qualified clinical psychologists to develop leadership skills. The event is the first collaboration between clinical psychology trainees from both Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and all three representatives from the Edinburgh faculty are based in Dumfries and Galloway – and it’s fully booked.

Shri Cameron, Michael Rendall and Louise Hall have been instrumental in the development of the programme for the free event which takes place at the Edinburgh University Pollock’s Hall Campus on Friday 19 August.

Lead trainee rep Shri Cameron said: “This event is aimed at newly or recently qualified clinical psychologists. It aims to increase their understanding of the kind of skills you need to develop in order to become a confident and reflective leader. It is important that psychologists understand the complexities of leadership and how these can be used across a range of professional and organisational systems. We are delighted to have a very special guest in Noelle Robertson, who contacted us to volunteer her expertise. She is the Programme Director for the clinical psychology course at the University of Leicester.”

Michael, first year trainee, added: “We have two excellent speakers who will share their knowledge with delegates. Morag Slessor is a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Service at the State Hospital and Shona McIntosh is a Registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist who is currently seconded to the Scottish Government as a clinical advisor.”