Good quality CPD is hard to access in the current NHS climate. A local initiative based at Lancaster University is looking to build their offering of good value, practical and enjoyable psychological training courses relevant to a range of professionals across the region – take a look and get in touch to book a place or offer suggestions.

What is LUPTA?

In October 2015, a grant from Health Education England (HEE) saw the establishment of the Lancaster University Psychological Training Academy (LUPTA), managed and run by staff from the Lancaster University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Grounded in a Training Needs Analysis conducted with members of the Psychological Professions Network, its aim was to offer high quality, enjoyable and practically relevant psychological training to the range of staff working in NHS-based psychological roles, at a time when CPD is really difficult to access.

Summary of LUPTA courses so far

Between October 2015 and the end of the funded period in October 2016, LUPTA delivered 5 training courses to over 130 psychological professionals across the North West – equivalent to 475 training days attended. These ranged from small group training (e.g. Team Formulation, Supervision across Professions; Coaching Skills) to larger events (e.g. Core Psychological Skills for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists; Neuropsychology in Adult Mental Health). Participants included clinical, counselling and assistant psychologists, counsellors, IAPT staff and those from other backgrounds including nursing, teaching, OT and psychiatry. All courses were fully funded, and all received outstanding feedback - the average overall rating of quality across the courses was 4.6/5 (where 5 is ‘excellent’ and 0 is ‘poor’).

Clinical Director, Anna Daiches says “We are absolutely delighted by the response to LUPTA and the feedback we have received so far. It shows how much value people place on continuing to learn and reflect in good quality and enjoyable training environments, and we want to develop this further”.

What Training Can I Access?

Given the end of the HEE funded period, LUPTA are continuing to develop and run training which aims to be of an excellent quality and relevance, but remains good value for money. As experienced clinicians and trainers who regularly visit NHS and third sector services around the region, we understand how important it is to take time to develop, reflect and remain inspired - but also how difficult this can be.

In the next few months, the courses we are offering include:

  • Neuropsychology in Adult Mental Health (5 days, 27th - 31st March 2017)
  • Critical Perspectives on Neuropsychology (5 days, 5th - 9th June 2017)
  • Advanced Psychometric Assessment (5 days, 3rd – 7th July 2017)

All three neuropsychology courses offer significantly reduced rates for trainee clinical psychologists. For more information and to book a place, please visit 

  • Psychological Skills for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists (2 days, 20th & 21st April 2017, 1st & 2nd November 2017, 24th & 25th January 2018)
  • Child & Family Work for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists (1 day, 9th June 2017, 6th October 2017, 2nd February 2018)
  • Introduction to CBT for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists (dates to be confirmed soon)
  • Assessing and Understanding Young People’s Mental Health in Schools ( 1 day, 21st April 2017, 2nd October 2017)

We have also been approached to develop courses for specific groups or teams (e.g. around Team Formulation; Service Development and Innovation) and are happy to consider this (and to discuss group rates), if you would like a more bespoke or individualised training event.

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We also welcome feedback, comments and suggestions for training events which you would find useful - do get in touch!