Developing and Implementing Supervisor Training for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom


  • Jan Hughes University of Leeds
  • Sarah Baxter Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Frances Corrigall Cygnet Hospital, Bradford
  • Tom Isherwood University of Leeds



clinical psychologists, supervision, supervisor training


Engagement in supervision is a professional requirement for clinical psychologists in the UK (Division of Clinical Psychology 2014). There is, however, little guidance regarding how psychologists should be taught the skills required to be a supervisor, or how these skills should be evaluated. This article starts by reviewing the development of national guidance for the training of clinical psychologists as supervisors. Nationally agreed learning objectives for supervisor training are presented. The article then describes how this guidance was operationalised within a region of the UK, and how this has been developed over a number of years. The training and its evaluation processes are outlined and mapped against the learning objectives, with suggestions for future developments.

Author Biographies

Jan Hughes, University of Leeds

Joint Programme Director

Sarah Baxter, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

Clinical Psychologist

Frances Corrigall, Cygnet Hospital, Bradford

Clinical Psychologist

Tom Isherwood, University of Leeds

Deputy Clinical Director


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How to Cite

Hughes, J., Baxter, S., Corrigall, F., & Isherwood, T. (2016). Developing and Implementing Supervisor Training for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 4(2), 35–48.