UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology


Work with multi-disciplinary teams

Clinical Psychologists need to work effectively in, and with, multi-disciplinary teams. This involves having an awareness of other professional roles and the possible roles of clinical psychology within the multidisciplinary team. They should demonstrate:

An ability to work collaboratively and constructively with fellow psychologists and other professionals who may hold diverse and different viewpoints
An ability to use formulations to help in multi-professional communication, and in the understanding of clients and their care
An ability to conduct indirect interventions* (for example working with and through other professionals, and/or training professionals to undertake work)
An ability to communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams (e.g. by making appropriate contributions to multidisciplinary team and/or case conferences as well as communicating on a 1:1 basis with staff from differing professional backgrounds)
An ability to understand the limits of one's own competence/role and appropriately liaise with, refer to, and use the expertise of other team members
An ability to protect clients from actual or potential harm from professional malpractice by colleagues, by instituting action in accordance with national and professional guidance
An ability to safeguard the client's interests when co-working with other professionals as part of a team, including good practice regarding interworker/inter-professional communication
An ability to show leadership, both clinically and in terms of service development

*this is detailed further in the section on indirect working

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