Gaining entry to this Register provides Society recognition that an individual has reached the standard for practice in the specialist area of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Why does it exist?
The Specialist Register allows the general public to be able to identify those individuals who are recognised as Clinical Neuropsychologists by the UK’s professional body of psychologists. It is considered important that such a register is accessible to the public as such professionals are not currently required to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Who can be on the Specialist Register?
Once someone has completed the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) they are invited to join the public specialist register.
Some individuals on the register entered via the grand parenting route that permitted experienced practitioners to join at the time that the QiCN was set up.
The process of acquiring the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology involves being able to demonstrate a range of neuropsychological competencies in either adult work or paediatric work. This involves at least two years of full-time equivalent supervised practice examined via case studies and viva and completion of a university post-doctoral diploma or BPS examinations.
Membership of the Specialist Register is not mandatory for employment as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the NHS, other similar organisations or private practice. It does however, provide assurance that the skills and experience of an individual on the register have been validated and are of the appropriate standard.