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Clinical Psychology 'highly commended'

Story Published: May 2012

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) programme has been highly commended in the recent accreditation visit by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the learned and professional body for psychologists in the United Kingdom.

The visit which was undertaken jointly with the Health Professions Council (HPC) highlighted eight areas for specific commendation. In particular the accreditation panel praised the programme team's overall ethos of evidence-based quality improvement, the thorough and robust approach to embedding HPC and BPS standards across all aspects of trainees' work, and the emphasis of inclusivity that permeates the programme, with the engagement with service users and carers a specific example.

The accreditation panel also recognised the programme's national leadership role in identifying and implementing alternatives to the standard selection process, which have led to improved transparency and inclusivity of the programme's recruitment activities. Trainees spoke highly of their experiences of selection, and valued the ways in which it encouraged them to celebrate their strengths and diverse backgrounds.

Jane Simpson, co-Director of the programme, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the full report from the BPS and the list of commendations. We have been working very hard over the last few years to revise our policies and procedures and staff have invested hugely in time and commitment on initiatives such as inclusivity and admissions.

I think we now have an excellent programme of training at Lancaster and we are grateful to all our stakeholders for joining with us in bringing in so many new developments over the past couple of years. I think that we have much to offer the wider clinical psychology training community in terms of our approach and innovations and I am delighted that Anna Daiches, my co-Director and the programme's Clinical Director, has been asked to join the Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology, the executive committee of the DClinPsy training community."

The DClinPsy programme is a three-year full-time programme which leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the HPC and for Chartered status with the BPS. Trainees work as trainee clinical psychologists (band 6) in the NHS with study time for on-campus teaching and individual research.

Established in 2001, the Lancaster University DClinPsy, which currently recruits 24 new trainees a year, is an enduring feature of the portfolio of educational programmes offered by the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

Complete report and full list of commendations.

Edited by: N.Thomason

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