The distinction between leadership and management is not always clear cut. And, not all psychological professionals feel that they are well equipped for leadership or management positions even though these skills are expected in their work roles. It can at times feel challenging to turn core competencies into leadership or management abilities. This gap in competencies may not be fully addressed in everyday work roles, or through the leadership academy or other training resources on offer.
Through this project, we are aiming to clarify the nature of the competency gap and provide recommendations to address any gaps. We aim to explore competencies in core training. We also aim to explore any training or resources on offer to enhance leadership and management skills in the existing workforce, including coaching or mentoring schemes.
We hope that by collaborating with other stakeholders to enhance leadership and management competencies within a more coherent framework, that the confidence and competencies across the psychological professions will increase. And that this will enhance collaborative working with service users and cares in service provision and development.