Applicants must have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society and an Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) and should have appropriate personal qualities suited to employment in the NHS. Some experience of working in a caring or clinical setting is desirable but not essential. Recruitment is jointly undertaken by representative senior academic and NHS staff.
Please note applications are only accepted between July and August. Please check our website to find out when applications open and close for this course.
Months of entry
The growing demand for psychological interventions for adults presenting with common mental health disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression) in NHS Primary care has been identified in a variety of studies by central government and professional bodies. Following consultation with NHS stakeholders, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has supported the development of a new role for psychology graduates in NHS Scotland as Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology.
The Masters level training for this new role is designed to equip psychology graduates with the competence required to deliver the evidence-based psychological interventions required in circumscribed areas of practice defined by service need. This 12-month course has a strong but not exclusive emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapy and on the application of scientific methods to health care and assessment.
On completion of the course, and following agreed and appropriate supervision and continuing professional development, graduates will be competent in the assessment and treatment of adult patients suffering from a range of common mental health disorders typically presenting in primary care settings.
This training is a partnership between the NHS which supports trainees in supervised clinical practice in the workplace and the University of Dundee and the University of Stirling which teach the academic elements. Students attend one or other of the universities for 3/4 days each month.
This course begins in January and runs until the following December. Please note applications are only accepted between July and August. Please check our website to find out when applications open and close for this course.
Fees and funding
Students are funded by NHS Education for Scotland and are employed by the NHS.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Mrs Karen Forbes
- +44 (0)1382 383020