Scottish Group of Forensic Clinical Psychologists


The SGFCP is historically a special interest group for Clinical Psychologists working in Forensic Mental Health Settings in Scotland. More recently we have aligned ourselves with the Forensic Faculty of Clinical Psychology which is faculty of the Division of Clinical Psychology, which is a Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  As such we are now the Scottish branch of the FFCP which has formalised our identity within BPS structures.

Role & Remit

The group provides an opportunity for the small numbers of Clinical Psychologists working in Forensic Mental Health settings in Scotland to share practice issues, research and service development plans with each others. This is done in a formal way at the quarterly meetings but members can use the mailing list to keep people informed of developments in between meetings.

The group receives feedback from the other BPS organisations that members are affiliated with. It both discusses the wider national issues of relevance but coordinates any information that needs to be fed back on forensic clinical psychology issues to these groups.  These groups include: DCP Scotland, DFP Scotland, Forensic Matrix Group, Forensic Network Board, Forensic School, Heads of Psychological Services (HOPS) and Heads of Forensic Clinical Psychology Services (HOFS).

As all clinical psychologists are expected to provide teaching to the Doctoral Clinical Psychology courses, the group keeps an overview of issues related to the delivery and content of teaching to ensure Trainees have access to the best quality and most relevant teaching in order that they are well prepared for their placements.

The group has representation on the Forensic Network Board. This ensures psychology representation at this senior level of decision making and ensures that psychologists are aware of national developments in Forensic Mental Health.

The group receives feedback on recruitment issues, e.g. vacancies, but also any difficulties there may be in recruitment.

The Quarterly meetings have a CPD slot where topics of interest of the group can have a focus, either through time for discussion or formal presentations.


Qualified Clinical Psychologists working in or interested in developing forensic services. Non-members of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Forensic Faculty are welcome to attend the meeting but will not have voting rights. A quorum will be 6 members of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Forensic Faculty. The Chair will have the casting vote.

Role Representative Review
Chairperson Katharine Russell November 2018
Representative on the Forensic Network Board Katharine Russell November 2018
Chair Elect Joe Judge November 2018
BPS* Division of Clinical Psychology Scotland Claire Ogilvie November 2018
BPS Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology Aileen Burnett November 2018
SCFCP rep on BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Scotland Claire Ogilive November 2018
Division of Forensic Psychology Scotland Rep Michelle Gilluley (Churchill Clinic Ayr) N/a
Division of Counselling Psychology Rep Vacant N/a

* BPS:  British Psychological Society

Workplan and Outcomes

Aim Actions Leads Date for Completion
Input into MOP to outline role of Clinical psychologists in managing restricted patients – e.g. Meet with Restricted Patient Team (date)

– e.g. Discuss key areas responsibility at Nov meeting

Aileen Burnett October 2017
PD Paper – Update on progress Katharine Russell ongoing
Training Issues


Scenario based workshop on Clinical Decision making re potential Responsible Clinician role Ruth Stocks, Karen Allan, Robyn McRitchie February 2018
Team Formulation CPD Event – Follow up work to previous event Katharine Russell ongoing
Teaching for University Course – Keep teaching under review

– Edinburgh University input to be considered as a result of reorganisation

Louise Tansey ongoing
Respond to consultations where appropriate Various ongoing
Have overview of workforce planning Discussion vacancies and upcoming opportunities

Discuss succession planning

Katharine ongoing
Have overview of development of clinical psychology services in prisons Regular standing item on agenda

Share learning or outcomes as they arise

Various ongoing