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What are Clinical Psychologists?

Clinical Psychologists provide support to people with psychological distress

  • Assessments: via using psychological models during consultations, psychometric questionnaires, neuropsychological testing
  • Formulation: with individuals and in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Interventions: therapies e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy, Systemic and Narrative therapy, Mindfulness
  • Training/teaching: e.g. to healthcare professionals, Psychology undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses
  • Research: to extend the field and develop evidence-based delivery of care
  • Facilitating groups: e.g. service evaluation focus groups, group intervention e.g. anger management and group CBT, delivery of psycho-education and self-management techniques

Pathway to becoming a Clinical Psychologist

  1. BPS Accredited Psychology Undergraduate degree
  2. >2 years “relevant” experience and qualifications
  3. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  4. HCPC registration

BPS Accredited Psychology Undergraduate degree

To pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, individuals must complete a BPS Accredited Psychology Undergraduate degree. Individuals are usually required to have a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) or first class degree. Individuals achieving a lower second class (2:2) will usually be required to complete an additional post-graduate qualification.

What is “relevant” experience and qualifications?

  • Work experience: Assistant Psychologist, Research Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, IAPT/PWP, Mental Health Worker, Support Worker, Learning Support Assistant (schools), Play Worker…
  • Study/Research: Post-graduate courses e.g. Masters & PhD, training courses, dissemination through publication or conferences…
  • Voluntary Experience: mental health/learning disability/physical health charities, mainstream or SEN schools, psychology departments, hospitals…

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

The basics:

  • 3 years of combined study and work
  • Employed by NHS as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist (Pay scale: Band 6)
  • 4 short term placements and 1 or 2 elective/specialist placement
  • Achieve core competencies in working with Adult Mental Health, Child & Family, Older Adults and Learning Disabilities
  • Literature Review and Thesis

For course specific information and how to apply please visit Leeds Clearing House website http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/

HCPC registration

On successful completion of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, individuals are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration. It is compulsory to be HCPC registered for employment as a Clinical Psychologist.

Good websites to visit

NHS Jobs: http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

Volunteering for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals: visit http://www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/jobs/volunteering_volunteering-opportunities.aspx  or email volunteer@nuth.nhs.uk

General volunteering opportunities: https://do-it.org/#/

Clinical Psychology Forum: http://www.clinpsy.org.uk/

Leeds Clearing House for Post-Graduate Courses in Clinical Psychology: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/

Post-doctoral HCPC registration: http://www.hpc-uk.org/

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