From the April 2019 issue of the Psychologist - advertisement feature
Professor Nick Alderman, Clinical Director of Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Services at Elysium Neurological Services answers our questions about the Academy.
What is the Elysium Psychology Graduate Academy?
A programme designed to help psychology graduates develop their CV’s, progressing towards Chartered status; the clinical and forensic psychologists of the future. It is especially aimed at recent graduates with limited healthcare experience and has two chief components, educational and experiential.
Why did you introduce it?
The potential benefits to employers and psychology graduates in working as Health Care Assistants (HCA’s) has been recognised for many years, and various initiatives have been put in place to encourage this. What makes our programme different is that, to our knowledge, few employers have introduced such a comprehensive, structured approach to the issue. We are passionate about being able to help young people starting their careers. Becoming full-time Assistant Psychologists, then winning a place on a forensic or clinical doctoral training programme is challenging. The number of applicants for these programmes always exceeds the places available. The academy is a new initiative and 2019 will see the first intake.
What will graduates do and learn?
Our programme is aimed squarely at helping graduates negotiate the bottlenecks to Chartership and maximise their chances of succeeding in their chosen career pathway. It offers education, experience in dual work roles, and mentoring from a psychologist. The educational programme gives successful applicants access to a library of professionally made video lectures on a range of topics, delivered by psychologists who are members of the Academy’s teaching faculty. One video can be retrieved each month and on successful completion of a short online test, graduates will receive a CPD certificate. An annual one to two-day workshop will enable graduates to learn clinical and other skills that require face-to-face participation. The second component is experiential. Graduates will be employed as Health Care Assistants in one of our many hospitals and residential homes. They will learn skills important to all clinical professions: including team-working and working directly with service users who present with a range of conditions and complex needs. One day in 14 they will change role and work as an Assistant Psychologist under the supervision of a Chartered Psychologist, working on an agreed time-limited project with end goals. The focus of these projects will be diverse: clinical, audit, service evaluation or research. An annual conference offers graduates and their supervisors the opportunity to share their projects with the rest of Elysium and compete for a range of prizes. We’ll encourage and support publication of completed projects.
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