Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy Member Support
This purpose of this section is to
provide a resource for Medical Psychotherapists, in line with a key
element of the Faculty Strategy. This was developed through the
work of the member support group, which is led by Jan Birtle. Group
- James Johnston
- Jale Punter
- Mark Evans
- Sue Mizen
- Lawrence Martean, Trainee Rep.
This section is in development and will
take the form of an active hub providing information resources,
communication, workforce updates, and provision to contact
colleagues for support, advice and advocacy. Members are invited to
contribute and we hope there will be the facility to contact
colleagues through a bulletin board in due course.
Three strands to the strategy to
support Medical Psychotherapy colleagues
An information pack supporting
Medical Psychotherapy as a shared resource available to colleagues
to provide a platform for service developments and to assist in the
situation where services are under threat.
Strengthening communication, monitoring and information sharing
in order that there is a strategic overview of the
Medical Psychotherapy workforce and local availability of advice
To develop a support system for Medical
Psychotherapy colleagues, including strategic advocacy and
If you are interested in becoming a senior mentor or
contributing in other ways to the support of colleagues please
contact Jan Birtle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The key areas we have considered are:
- 1.1 Training
- 1.2 Clinical services, including organisational
- 1.3 Economic cases
- 1.4 Case scenarios, business cases anonymised.
The information pack is taking shape with a
range of key documents gathered together, including: The Role of
the Medical Psychotherapist, Council Reports, Training and Core
Curriculum documentatvion, all of which are in the public
In addition there are further documents either
available or in development focussing on key areas where the group
considers Medical Psychotherapy makes a significant and unique
contribution to quality of services, organisational risk and
financial management. These build on existing work and
cross-reference to other strategic aims, the intention is to base
these on local practice but develop general documents which can be
shared with colleagues. James Johnston has provided documentation
on the value of training and is feeding this into the strategic
discussions around job planning for Consultants while Kevin Healy
argues the case at College level.
There is also a possibility of including
anonymised case scenarios and business plans, with the caveat that
care be taken to respect confidentiality in relation to commercial
or clinical issues. While this may be contentious due to the
competitive environment in which we increasingly operate, the
sharing of arguments which have been influential would be of
advantage in providing high quality commissioned services.
Sue Mizen’s work on the health economic case for psychotherapy is a
valuable resource for those of us wishing to develop business
Your input with case scenarios, business cases and economic
arguments for psychotherapy would be very welcome. Please forward
contributions to Jan Birtle.
The workforce in Medical Psychotherapy is
under pressure nationally, with several retirement vacancies being
deleted from budgets. The situation is being monitored and the
Faculty is engaged in lobbying and reviewing the bigger picture,
Mark Evans is actively involved in this work and again linking with
colleagues across other Faculties including those under
We have identified opportunities to strengthen
our communication and to this end Jale Punter has facilitated the
development of the Faculty Regional Representative Network.
The Regional Reps are core to our
communication strategy, they sit on their local Divisional
Executive Committees and through this are in a position to
highlight local workforce issues and raise the profile of
Psychotherapy. They are known to local colleagues, provide advice
on job descriptions and can lobby for service and training
Support for medical
psychotherapists on the front line
The Regional Reps are often the first port of
call for colleagues when services are under threat and we encourage
this contact, especially as an early step.
In this instance Regional Reps can access
strategic support from Faculty colleagues, for example response to
consultations around service reconfiguration, often relieving
pressure for those in the hot spots.
We are also aware of, and some of us have
personally experienced, the professional stresses experienced when
services are under pressure and are consequently now developing a
network of volunteers willing to offer mentorship to colleagues in
transition or flux.
This may often best be a colleague outside the
immediate locality. We will also make information about the
availability of mentorship, and how to access this, through the
Faculty member’s web site.
This will also be linked into other support
structures, including the Psychiatrists Support Service.
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