The Society offers a Qualification in Health Psychology Stage 2 (QHP Stage 2). This consists of structured and assessed supervised practice and the demonstration of competence in health psychology through a portfolio of evidence and viva voce (oral examination).
The QHP (Stage 2) is the alternative route to completion of Stage 2 training for those who choose not to or are unable to attend a Society-accredited Stage 2 training programme in health psychology based at a university.
If you want to practice as a Health Psychologist in the UK, the award of the QHP (Stage 2) will mean you are able to apply for Chartered Membership of the Society, Full membership of the Division of Health Psychology and you will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist. Only by registering with the HCPC, the statutory regulator, are you able to use the protected title Health Psychologist.
It may be possible to register with the HCPC as a Health Psychologist by undertaking a different training route. For further details about the full range of training routes which confer eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC, please contact the HCPC.
Please note that some routes leading to HCPC registration will not lead to eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society or Full membership of the Division of Health Psychology. In order to ensure that you are eligible for these grades of membership when you have completed your training please ensure that you follow a Society-accredited training route. If you have any queries in this regard please contact the Qualifications Office.
Information for prospective candidates
- Regulations for the Society’s Postgraduate Qualifications (April 2015)
- QHP (Stage 2) Candidate Handbook (Jan 2015)
- Study Guide for Independent Candidates
Please note that we will no longer be accepting enrolment applications under the February 2012 Handbook after 30 June 2015, please use the January 2015 version instead.
Am I eligible?
Candidates applying to enrol on the QHP (Stage 2) must hold the following:
- Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
- Either a Society-accredited Masters programme in health psychology, or have completed the Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 1) (now discontinued)
How do I apply?
The Regulations for the Society's Postgraduate Qualifications, QHP (Stage 2) Candidate Handbook and Study Guide for Independent Candidates guide applicants through the process of enrolling and completing the QHP (Stage 2). The forms which need to be completed as part of the enrolment process are all available below.
You will need to have a Supervisor for the duration of your enrolment for the QHP (Stage 2). Your supervisor will need to be a Chartered Psychologist with Full membership of the DHP and registered with the Health Professions Council as a Health Psychologist. They also need to undertake training specific to the role of QHP (Stage 2) supervisor and be entered on the Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). Once they have fulfilled all of these criteria, they will be approved in the role of Supervisor by the Chief Supervisor on behalf of the Health Psychology Qualifications Board.
How do I find a Supervisor?
Please visit the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) webpage and look for Supervisors with Qualification in Health Psychology listed under their domain.
- Guidance for supervisors is available in the Supervisor’s Handbook and the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Are there any exemptions?
If you believe you have already demonstrated some of the competences underpinning the QHP (Stage 2) in full or in part, you may apply for Accreditation of Existing Competence (AEC) in accordance with the procedures laid out in the Regulations and Candidate Handbook. You will need to complete the AEC Form available below and provide appropriate supporting evidence. You may base an application for AEC on any relevant postgraduate qualifications achieved or supervised experience gained since acquiring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and completing Stage 1 training in health psychology.
For further details about applying for AEC please see the Candidate Handbook.
How do I enrol?
Your application to enrol needs to include the following:
- QHP (Stage 2) enrolment form 2015;
- QHP (Stage 2) Plan of Training;
- AEC form and supporting evidence, if you are applying for any AEC;
- Supervisor contract (please note that this is a sample contract only; you or your Supervisor may have your own form of contract.)
- Your first quarterly meeting record form;
- Reference request form
- Health reference form;
- Equal opportunities form.
- Direct debit mandate form
In addition to the above you will also need to provide the following with your application to enrol:
- Evidence of completion of Stage 1 training, e.g. your Masters certificate (either the original or an authenticated copy; by authenticated copy we mean a copy that has been stamped and signed by the issuing University or a Solicitor etc);
- Copy of an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure (or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) from Disclosure Scotland or an Access Northern Ireland Enhanced Disclosure) for your current appointment and dated within the last two years. If you do not currently hold an Enhanced CRB Disclosure then please contact our Membership Team on 0116 252 9911 who will be able to assist you;
- Enrolment fee (and, if applicable, AEC fees).
Please ensure that you complete all forms in full and send all the necessary information to avoid delays in approving your application to enrol.
Once your application has been considered the Registrar/Chief Supervisor will write to you formally with the outcome.
What does taking the QHP (Stage 2) involve?
The total period of training, including time spent undertaking a Masters programme in health psychology combined with a subsequent period of supervised practice related to health psychology, must be a minimum of three years full time or the part time equivalent. All candidates will be required to complete a minimum of two years full-time (or the part-time equivalent) of supervised practice under an approved Supervisor.
Is there any guidance on preparing a Plan of Training?
The following guidelines will help you in preparing your Plan of Training. Please ensure that you work closely with your supervisor in drawing up your Plan of Training.
Some anonymised Plans of Training are also available below to assist you and your supervisor in preparing your Plan of Training.
Assessment of the QHP (Stage 2) takes place twice per year in late spring and autumn and you must ensure that you pay close attention to the assessment dates as late registrations or submissions cannot be accepted.
How much does this cost?
Please see the QHP (Stage 2) Schedule of Fees.
There may be additional fees for the QHP (Stage 2) that you may incur during your training and these should be considered whilst you are planning your training.
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As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an
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Please bear in mind that it can take up to 3 months for your loan application to be approved and it must have been approved before you can submit your stage 2 enrolment application. We have included some helpful links below but please get in touch if you have any questions.
What else should I be aware of?
Prospective candidates should also be aware of the following documentation:
- Frequently asked questions for prospective candidates
- Code of Conduct
- Member Conduct Rules
- Generic Professional Practice Guidelines
- Appeals process
- Relevant HCPC publications such as the Standards of Proficiency and Guidance on conduct and ethics for students