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PSYC8030 Specialist Skills

Module Overview

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a professional requirement that facilitates your development as a Clinical Psychologist and allows the maintenance of a registration with the HCPC. The Specialist Skills module requires that you plan an individualised programme of study tailored to your specific requirements using a professional CPD plan (e.g., BPS or HCPC). Using your personalised CPD plan, this module is designed so that you can acquire specialist skills in the area/s in which you plan develop your knowledge and skills (e.g., leadership, supervision, CBT, systemic etc..). The development of knowledge and skills can comprise varied methods with the requirement to complete a CPD log and reflect on the learning experience throughout the application of learning.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be able to identify your learning needs and plan a programme of study to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific area of clinical practice using a CPD professional framework
  • be able to critically evaluate the evidence-base for your specialist area of knowledge
  • be able to demonstrate and evaluate theory-practice links in the application of your specialist area
  • be able to reflect on your clinical practice in your specialist area


The curriculum for this module will include teaching on how to identify learning needs, how to plan a programme of study to meet these needs, the implementation of the learning and how to record and reflect upon learning. The actual content of the module will vary between students depending on the nature of their specialist area and their specific learning needs. This module is designed to meet the following BPS Core Competencies ( Generalisable Meta-Competencies,, and Personal and Professional Skills and Values and

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise a number of different methods including lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, problem-based learning, e-learning, directed reading, and independent study. Skills-based competencies will be taught through demonstrations, simulated role plays, and using multi-media resources.

Clinical Practice40
Independent Study60
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Golding, L., Gray, I. (2006). Continuing Professional Development for Clinical Psychologists – A Practical Handbook. 

Blackwell. especially Part III Professional Practice

Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Clinical Psychology: Continuing Professional Development Guidelines.

Transforming our Healthcare System – Ten Priorities for Commissioners.

Clinical Leadership Development Framework.

Beinart, H., Kennedy, P. & Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice. 

Supporting information and guidance: Supporting effective clinical supervision. Care Quality Commission.



Clinical Log


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  (45 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


The student is given a budget of up to £350 each for their CPD

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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