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Roles of Committee Members


The Division of Clinical Psychology - Scotland (DCP-S) has an important and distinctive role in promoting the interests of Clinical Psychology within the NHS and its partner agencies across Scotland. To undertake this challenging task successfully, it has been recognised that there is a need to have a strong executive and to ensure continuity of leadership. The Executive Committee Members consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Chair Elect, Treasurer, Secretary plus four Ordinary Members. The Committee meet on six occasions during the year, two by teleconference.

Honorary Chair DCP Scotland

The main responsibility of the Honorary Chair is to provide leadership for the DCP-S Committee in representing the interests of the DCP members in Scotland. The Chair will take the lead role in setting the strategy and objectives for the work of the DCP-S Committee and for ensuring that those objectives are pursued effectively. The Chair also represents the Committee on a variety of other committees and working groups, including sitting on the DCP-UK Executive Group and the Heads of Psychology Scotland (HOPS). The Chair is responsible for managing the consultation response for policy documents issued by the Scottish Government. Since Scottish Devolution, the role of the DCP Chair in setting the strategy and implementing this with the DCP-S Executive has grown considerably. It is recognised that the Scottish legislative process and the policy context is very different to the rest of the UK; this is reflected in the backfill arrangements of 1 day per week for the DCP-S Chair.

The Chair serves in the role for one year and assumes the role of Non-Executive Chair the following year. Each DCP-S Chair therefore serves for 2 years in total. The Non-Executive Chair and the Chair Elect, who becomes Chair the following year, support the Chair during their period of office.

Honorary Chair Elect DCP Scotland

The Honorary Chair Elect serves for one year before assuming the role of Chair in November, for a further period of one year. The Honorary Chair Elect assists the Honorary Chair in co-ordinating and developing the work of the DCP Scotland Committee.

Responsibilities of the Honorary Chair include:

  • Contribute to the development of strategy for DCP Scotland, and

  • Deputise as appropriate for the Chair at meetings.

Honorary Vice-Chair DCP Scotland

The Honorary Vice-Chair serves for one year after having the role of Chair. The Honorary Vice-Chair Elect advises the Honorary Chair regarding the work of the DCP Scotland Committee and DCP-UK. The Honorary Vice-Chair takes the lead in arranging for the Continuing Professional Development of Clinical Psychologists in Scotland, in association with other relevant bodies.

Honorary Treasurer DCP Scotland

The responsibility of the Honorary Treasurer is to ensure that all DCP Scotland expenditure furthers the charitable status of the BPS and DCP. The Honorary Treasurer needs to be aware at all times of the amount of expenditure and income. This requires the keeping of full and accurate records of the financial activities of DCP Scotland.

The Honorary Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Receiving and keeping, invoices and correspondence;

  • Authorising payment of expenses and invoices on time;

  • Recording and analysing all income and expenditure;

  • Liaising with BPS/DCP regarding the payment of Annual Subventions;

  • Producing two-monthly financial statements for DCP-S committee meetings;

  • Preparing a financial statement stating the position as at 30th September annually;

  • Submitting said financial statement to DCP Treasurer including a signed declaration as to the accuracy of the statement;

  • Stating any significant income or expenditure outstanding at accounting year end.

Honorary Secretary DCP Scotland

The Honorary Secretary serves for a period of two years after appointment in November. The Secretary reports any apologies to Committee Meetings and ensures that reports from Committee Representatives and Cross Party Contacts are received and circulated prior to meetings. Working with the Chair, the Secretary ensures appropriate representation of psychologists on the Executive and Area and Member Network Representatives List, as well as ensuring that Cross Party Contact positions are filled. The Secretary supports and advises the Administrator in the forward planning and potential venues, minute taking and circulation of Executive meetings as well as assisting the Chair and Administrator in producing the 'Briefing'. The Secretary’s role is a crucial position as the contact person to provide support for the Representatives, Ordinary Members and Cross Party Contacts.

Ordinary Members DCP Scotland

The four Ordinary Members serve for a period of three years following appointment. They are part of the DCP-S Executive and as such may take a lead on Government Consultations, or the membership of Parliamentary Cross Party Groups. Their responsibilities should reflect their expertise and special interests and be agreed with the Chair.

Representatives DCP Scotland

The representatives are elected to represent either a particular NHS Board Area, or a particular group, such as clinical psychologists in training. The responsibility of the representatives includes:

  • Providing a brief report for DCP-S meetings;
  • Feeding back from Executive Meetings to people represented;

  • Co-ordinate comments on consultations from the area that they represent.

To assist the representatives a ‘Reps Brief’ is produced and circulated after meetings. Reps are encouraged to circulate this to the people that they represent and put on relevant notice boards.

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