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Experiences of newly qualified clinical psychologists in CAMHS

Simon Levinson (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme, Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)
Pieter Willem Nel (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme, Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)
Louise-Margaret Conlan (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Hatfield, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 4 January 2021

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

There is a gap in the literature regarding the experiences of newly qualified Clinical Psychologists (NQCPs) working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the National Health Service (NHS). This paper aims to explore three aspects of newly qualified Clinical Psychologists’ experiences: their transition and development; working in multi-disciplinary teams located in large organisations; and support and coping in the role.

Design/methodology/approach

Seven participants each engaged in one semi-structured interview, and an interpretative phenomenological analysis was conducted.

Findings

Three super-ordinate themes emerged from the analysis: A big jump, the transition from trainee to NQCP; The support of home comforts, old and new; and Acknowledging and desiring ongoing development.

Originality/value

Implications and recommendations for both Clinical Psychology training programmes and NHS employers are discussed, to support the development and wellbeing of this staff group, and in turn the clinical population they serve. These include gradually increasing caseloads on training, a staggered workload at the outset of the transition, and CAMHS teams ensuring appropriate supervision for NQCPs.

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Citation

Levinson, S., Nel, P.W. and Conlan, L.-M. (2021), "Experiences of newly qualified clinical psychologists in CAMHS", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 187-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-08-2019-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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