Trainee Support & Personal and Professional Development
The Course provides a range of support systems that trainees can use flexibly depending on their individual needs and preferences. Each trainee is allocated a Course Tutor who will support the trainee throughout the 3 years of training. The course tutor is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the training experience for that trainee, including personal and professional development, progress with research projects, academic learning and coordinating and monitoring clinical placement experience. Course tutors act as delegated line managers for trainees and conduct annual appraisals and regular review and goal-planning sessions.
Course tutors are supported in relation to clinical placements by clinical tutors who source suitable placements, allocate placements based on trainee needs and aspirations, audit placements and induct and support supervisors in relation to Programme expectations. The Programme also offers a wide range of support and training options for local supervisors to support wider therapy and supervisory skill development.
Research Tutors develop the research components of the Programme including related teaching, and research proposal approval and assessment processes. Individual support for each of the 3 main research projects (critical literature review, service improvement project and main research project) is provided by a supervisory team including both regional and programme staff.
Each year group is also supported by a Cohort tutor who progresses with that cohort through the 3 years of training. The cohort tutor will check in with the cohort regularly, offer support with group-related issues and facilitate two-way communication between the cohort as a whole and the Programme team.
Academic Tutors also meet regularly with trainees to discuss academic and general Course related issues.
Personal and professional development is facilitated through supporting reflective practice in a variety of ways, including professional reflection seminars, trainee led reflection sessions, and six-monthly confidential appraisal meetings with the course tutor. There is a “Buddy” system where each new trainee is offered support from a trainee in the year above. There is also a Personal Tutor system; all trainees on commencing the Programme are allocated a Personal Tutor, from a list of local clinical psychologists, for confidential mentoring.
In addition to the usual NHS options, further support is available through Oxford Health Human Resources Department and the University Counselling service for trainees who need additional support.