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.
|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|
|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
|Respond to consultations where appropriate||Various||ongoing|
|Have overview of workforce planning||Discussion vacancies and upcoming opportunities
Discuss succession planning
|Have overview of development of clinical psychology services in prisons||Regular standing item on agenda
Share learning or outcomes as they arise