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Psychology

How does this Survey fit with existing Quality assurance mechanisms?

Each training programme has a number of quality assurance mechanisms to gather information, spread good practice and address areas where development is needed. These mechanisms include placement visits, trainee meetings, line manager discussions and trainee verbal and written feedback at various points in training. Externally accredited programmes such as the Doctorates in Clinical Psychology have particular requirements specified by their accrediting bodies for such processes. Universities also have processes for internal quality assurance and enhancement. These existing quality assurance mechanisms are able to provide individual training programmes with invaluable information and have led to the spreading of good practice and improvements ranging from the physical environment and the resources available on placements to the content and pragmatics of supervision and learning opportunities on placement.

Although current trainee feedback mechanisms are programme-specific, many NHS departments and supervisors within Scotland will relate to more than one, and sometimes specific Board is held by several programmes without a clear mechanism to draw this together and recognise patterns. It also means that specific programmes will only hold information about the NHS Boards where they have trainees on placement, giving limited scope to benchmark against other areas on a Scotland wide basis. The promotion of good practice and the remediation of occasional areas for improvement are therefore impeded.

Why gain feedback?