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Division of Clinical Psychology

The Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) exists to promote the professional interests of Clinical Psychologists across the UK.

The DCP works closely with a number of organisations including the NHS, the government, and multiple professional bodies and groups in the voluntary sector, to promote and develop clinical psychology as a body of knowledge and skills.

Our mission is to support the development of Clinical Psychology, both as a profession and as a body of knowledge, by working collaboratively with others to promote the unique and important contributions of Clinical Psychology that cannot be replicated by other approaches.

Our key ethical principles are based on the ‘Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists’ and the principles of the Society's Code of Ethics and Conduct:

  • Principle 1: Respect for the Dignity of Persons and Peoples
  • Principle 2: Competent Caring for the Well-Being of Persons and Peoples
  • Principle 3: Integrity
  • Principle 4: Professional and Scientific Responsibilities to Society

This will include an emphasis upon being:

  • Accountable
  • Evidence based
  • Inclusive
  • Open, honest and transparent

In order for the DCP to deliver its mission our strategic goals are to:

  • Ensure effective and efficient functioning of the Executive and subsystems
  • To promote and develop research and theory in relation to Clinical Psychology
  • To promote and develop the profession of Clinical Psychology
  • To promote the professional voice of Clinical Psychology
  • To provide support to our members and promote member networks
  • To strive to improve the wellbeing of the whole population through working with relevant systems and organisations
  • To support safe, effective, high quality provision of Clinical Psychology
  • To work in partnership with Service Users, Carers, Professional Bodies, Voluntary Organisations and other key stakeholders


The DCP is also home to multiple faculties dedicated to working on/in specific areas of Clinical Psychology:

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