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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.


Our mission is to support the development of Clinical Psychology, both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.

By working collaboratively with a number of organisations including the NHS, the government, and multiple professional bodies and groups in the voluntary sector, we seek to promote the unique and important contributions of Clinical Psychology that cannot be replicated by other approaches.

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DCP Review of 2023

In this review we have included a detailed summary of the significant amount of work that has been undertaken across the DCP.

A short guide to the DCP

The DCP is the largest division of the British Psychological Society.

We understand that its organisational structure can be confusing, so this guide has been produced to give an "at a glance" picture.

Check out our short guide to the DCP here

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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.

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Current holder(s)

DCP UK ChairKalpita Kunde
Chair Elect-
Past Chair (Vice Chair)Roman Raczka
Honorary TreasurerAndrew Newman
Workforce and Training LeadTony Lavender
Membership and Professional Development Lead-
Professional Standards and Research LeadRyan Kemp
Communications and Publications LeadJulia Faulconbridge
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion LeadSidrah Muntaha
DCP England Chair-
DCP Northern Ireland ChairSarah Meekin
DCP Scotland ChairClaire Stark
DCP Wales ChairBethan Phillips
Elanor Maybury
DCP Pre-Qualifications GroupKen Cheung
Group of Trainers (GTiCP) Chair Annette Schlosser
Anna Daiches
Leadership and Management Faculty Chair Amra Rao
Expert by ExperienceCurrently vacant
Faculty LeadAmra Rao
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Representative Assembly

This used to take place twice a year but using virtual technology will enable it to meet more frequently.

It consists of the DCP Executive Committee, Chairs of all Faculties and Branches and EbE representation.

This is a discussion forum bringing together all our networks, which then advises the Executive.

Other groups and committees

These currently consist of:

  • Awards Subcommittee
  • Climate and Environmental Action Subcommittee
  • Communications Subcommittee
  • Covid-19 Subcommittee
  • Digital Healthcare Subcommittee
  • Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Subcommittee
  • Experts by Experience Subcommittee
  • Finance Subcommittee
  • Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
  • Membership and CPD Subcommittee
  • Minorities in Clinical Psychology Subcommittee
  • Power Threat Meaning Framework Subcommittee
  • Pre-Qualification Subcommittee
  • Publications Subcommittee
  • Public Health and Prevention Subcommittee
  • Research & Professional Standards Subcommittee
  • Workforce and Training Subcommittee
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Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

We know that there is a longstanding lack of diversity in clinical psychology, and are committed to addressing this.

Strategy and principles

Strategic goals

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

Ethical principles

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
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Current clinical psychology vacancies

Senior Clinical Psychologist

University of Southampton

Salary: £44,263 to £56,021

Highfield Campus

Tue, 6 Aug 2024 UTC

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Programme Director (Clinical), Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

University of East London

Starting from £87,627 PA, pro rata part time 28.8 hrs / week, incl London Weighting

Stratford Campus, London E15 4LZ

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 UTC

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Regional Clinical Psychologist- Eastern Region

Newcome Education

£50,952 - £57,349

Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Rutland

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 UTC

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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Learning Disability Service

Solent NHS Trust

£58,972 to £68,525 pa

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 UTC

View Principal Clinical Psychologist - Learning Disability Service
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The Division of Clinical Psychology has a number of different workstreams, each with a distinct remit and outputs.

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Guidelines on Language in Relation to Functional Psychiatric Diagnosis
Incorporating Attachment Theory into Practice
Psychological best practice in inpatient services for older people
Psychological therapies and people who have intellectual disabilities
Position Statement - Delivery of psychologically informed care and psychological therapies in maternity services

National Assessors

The role of a National Assessor is to advise employers on whether applicants meet the standards for appointment for the role of Applied Consultant Psychologists, Band 8C and above.

In particular, they assess whether candidates have the necessary skills and competencies to fulfil the job description associated with the post.

They also advise on the relative strengths and weaknesses of candidates in relation to the required competencies. However, the final decision ultimately remains with the employer.

In addition, national assessors may give advice on the development of the job description, person specification and recruitment advert.

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Archived guidelines

Please note: these documents are over 5 years old and, in line with BPS policy, has been archived.

After this time documents are no longer regarded as reflecting the society's current position.

Referral to or use of documents after this time should be with the caveat that the legislation and evidence bases referred to may be outdated or incorrect.

Papers & leaflets

Occasional papers - members only

These papers are only accessible to DCP members.

A Functional Approach to Clinical Practice: Introducing the International Classification of Functions and its Implications for Clinical Psychology
A standards-based approach to training in psychological testing in clinical psychology
Classification, Diagnosis and Datasets: Towards an approach for clinical psychology services and electronic records

Clinical Psychology Forum

Clinical Psychology Forum is designed to serve as a discussion forum for any issues of relevance to clinical psychologists and is the official monthly publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. 

As well as reflecting the diverse and individual views of the Division's membership, CPF also publishes regular updates about DCP policy and business to inform its membership. 

The editorial collective welcomes brief articles, reports of events, correspondence, book reviews and announcements. 

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Latest articles - Clinical Psychology Forum

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Embedding systemic training into a DClinPsy programme: The possibilities and restraints - Clinical Psychology Forum

Volume: 1 Issue: 372

Author(s): Catherine Butler, Jenny Cove, Hannah Sherbersky

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Engaging and involving clients in open note-taking practices in narrative therapy - Clinical Psychology Forum

Volume: 1 Issue: 372

Author(s): Jamie Coulthard

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Learning from reflection – good practice in handover with neurodiverse clients - Clinical Psychology Forum

Volume: 1 Issue: 373

Author(s): Anna Campion, Nikolaos Sarras, Sophie Doswell

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Letter to the editor: Response to Lawson et al - Clinical Psychology Forum

Volume: 1 Issue: 374

Author(s): Peter Jenkins

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Straddling two homes: Our evolving identities as first-generation migrant clinical psychology trainees in the UK - Clinical Psychology Forum

Volume: 1 Issue: 374

Author(s): Dafni Katsampa, Janelle Spira, Laetitia Rater

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If you are thinking of writing a paper for Clinical Psychology Forum then please consult our Guidelines for Contributors. 

Please email all copy and correspondence to [email protected] 

Book reviews editors 

Please contact Tony Wainwright at [email protected] in the first instance if you are interested in reviewing a book for CPF. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Clinical Psychology Forum?

Clinical Psychology Forum (CPF) is the official monthly publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. 

As well as reflecting the diverse and individual views of the Division's membership, CPF also publishes regular updates about DCP policy and business to inform its membership. 

The CPF has a dual editorship with the Clinical Psychology Editor [email protected] leading on content issues and the Managing Editor [email protected] leading on the reviewing and proofing processes.

What are the aims of Clinical Psychology Forum?

Its aims are to provide a platform for the publication of members' views, opinions, and comments around the profession of clinical psychology within the UK and to update the membership via the dissemination of articles and commissioned pieces reflecting current and future good practice within clinical psychology. 

What type of articles do you consider for publication?

Please see the Guidelines for contributors for a full answer to this question as there is a variety of submission types possible. 

How do I know whether my article is suitable?

We are unable to give general advice about the suitability of individual manuscripts: that is the main purpose and function of the review process. 

If you believe that your manuscript is particularly unusual and falls outside of the guidance, please feel free to approach the Clinical Psychology Editor for advice.

Who can submit articles to Clinical Psychology Forum?

We will consider submissions from anyone who has written an article that meets our guidance. 

We welcome contributions from people who are at any level of their career in clinical psychology. 

We also welcome contributions from people who are not psychologists but have a vested interest in clinical psychology and its application. 

We particularly welcome contributions from people who have accessed services, and from carers of people who have done so.

May I also submit my article for consideration in other publications?

We do not encourage dual publication and there may be serious copyright considerations if this were to happen. 

Please notify us, at the time of submission if you have previously or currently submitted your article to any other publications, as we would not wish to simultaneously review or publish a paper. 

However, we do not usually impose restrictions on your published article being printed in other publications if an acknowledgement to CPF is included.

Do you have a correspondence page?

We publish correspondence either about articles published within CPF or on issues of general interest to the membership. 

We may seek a reply to the letter and if possible, will publish it alongside the original correspondence. 

We may edit the length of your letter, especially if it exceeds 500 words. 

Please note: the decision of the Clinical Psychology Editor is final.

What format should I use when submitting an article?

We request that articles be compiled using double line spacing, in a reasonably sized, easily readable font (minimum 11pt, maximum 14pt) and that all pages are numbered. 

Please follow the BPS general guidelines for formatting and references.

Do you offer guidance on the terminology to use?

Contributors are asked to use language which is respectful and psychologically descriptive rather than medical, and to avoid using devaluing terminology (i.e. avoid clustering terminology like 'the elderly' or medical jargon like 'schizophrenics'). 

In addition, language should conform to the society's guidelines on non-sexist or discriminatory terminology. 

However, we acknowledge that language is context specific and that occasionally authors may wish to justify the use of particular terms commonly adopted within specific contexts. Please include any such qualifications within an accompanying footnote.

Is ethical approval required?

We would obviously wish to know that any studies which are published were conducted ethically and, where appropriate, that ethics approval has been sought. 

In the case of experimental or research papers, we would expect acknowledgement usually of an NHS or University Ethics Committee. 

Where approval has not been sought, the authors should account for the lack of ethical scrutiny and what steps were taken to ensure that the research was ethically conducted.

Should I include an abstract?

We request that all articles, apart from reflective pieces and correspondence, include a summary, maximum 40 words, at the beginning of the paper.

Do I need to include references?

We request that articles include an accurate list of all references cited at the end of the paper. See the BPS author guidelines for the style of references required. 

Please only cite essential references and ensure no act of plagiarism is committed intentionally or unintentionally.

How long does CPF like papers to be?

We request that articles have a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 3500 words (including references, affiliations, word count, etc.). This will depend on the type of paper – again check with the contributor guidelines. 

Please ensure that the total word count is included at the end of your article.

May I incorporate tables and figures?

Tables and figures may be included in your article, but only if they enhance it.

May I include my questionnaire?

We ask readers to request a copy of any questionnaires directly from the contact author, rather than include it in the article itself.

May I use acronyms in my article?

We do accept the use of acronyms, but please spell them out the first time they appear.

What contact details do you require?

We request that articles include the names of all authors, together with their affiliations and job titles. Please ensure that the full email address of the contact author is given for correspondence. 

We normally like to publish an email address and Twitter handle where readers might contact the authors individually. 

Additional contact details - email, Twitter, telephone, mobile - would be advantageous. 

If you have provided a postal address and it is a home address or address that you wish to remain confidential, please can you ensure that this is clearly indicated on your manuscript.

How do I submit my article to the CPF?

Please email one copy of your completed article in Word format to [email protected].

What happens when I submit an article?

When your article is received, it will be logged and given a unique identity number within 1 month of receipt. 

Each article is then distributed to one or more reviewers (as they become available), with a requested turnaround of four weeks. Typically, your submission should get to a reviewer within 4 months of submission. 

Depending on the view of the reviewers, the article may be accepted, accepted with minor modifications, accepted with extensive modifications, or rejected. 

We reserve the right to shorten, amend and hold back copy, if needed.

How long does the whole process take?

Timescales vary considerably but on average the whole process, from submission to publication, takes approximately nine months. 

Occasionally, articles may be accepted or rejected with minimal delay. 

Delays have also sometimes been experienced due to unnotified changes of the contact author's employer or contact details, which is why we ask for a non-work email as well as a work one. 

Final publication also depends on the authors returning a completed copyright form.

What happens if I am asked to resubmit?

If you are asked to resubmit an amended version of your article please ensure that you return the amended version to the Managing Editor, showing tracked changes, and state in an accompanying letter how you have addressed the concerns of the reviewer. 

The Managing Editor will then contact you again to inform you whether your resubmitted version is suitable for publication.

What happens if the reviewer is unsure whether to accept or reject my article?

This situation only rarely occurs but the procedure is that the reviewer will request a second opinion from another member of the review team or the Clinical Psychology Editor.

What are my options if my article is rejected?

Should your article be rejected you will be notified of the reasons directly. Should you disagree with the justification offered you should initially contact the Clinical Psychology Editor to discuss. 

The Clinical Psychology Editor will make  the final decision. You may also wish to consider submitting your article for consideration to an alternative publication.

What if I want to complain about Clinical Psychology Forum?

If you feel that you have been unfairly treated by the editorial process offered through Clinical Psychology Forum or wish to take issue with the journal's published content, please contact the Clinical Psychology Editor in the first place. 

If this is inappropriate or if your complaint has not been satisfactorily dealt with, we suggest that you contact either the Director of the Membership Services Unit or the DCP Chair.

What happens once my article is accepted?

The Managing Editor will notify you and request that you complete and return the copyright form submitted. 

On receipt of both the signed copyright form and e-copy, your article will await publication in the next appropriate edition. There is usually a wait of between one and four months before publication. You will be sent proofs of your submission to check, we would appreciate it if this was done within 4 -6 working days. 

After publication you will receive a complimentary copy of the edition incorporating your article as a complete PDF of the final published issue plus the final PDF of your article. This is usually sent out within 1 month of the publication date. A note telling you of your retained rights will be sent at this time.

Do you publish special issues?

From time-to-time CPF will commission or receive suggestions for special issues on a particular theme that might be of interest to a large proportion of the readership. These usually take up to a year to organise and will have around eight to fifteen articles put together by one or two guest editors. 

If you are interested in compiling a special issue, please contact the Clinical Psychology Editor with an outline, rationale and some names of potential contributors. Following discussion with the DCP Publications committee, we will get back to you and let you know how to proceed. The Managing Editor will work with you to set a realistic timetable.

How do I become a reviewer for CPF?

We are always keen to recruit new reviewers. Should you wish to be considered, you may contact the Managing Editor. The only requirements are that you are at least 5 years post qualification and a current member of the DCP, guidance will be given to those new to reviewing.

Workforce and training

DCP Careers Resources

Alternative Handbook For Postgraduate Training Courses in Clinical Psychology

This document provides detailed feedback regarding each training course for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Trainees provide qualitative and quantitative feedback each year about their course experience, offering prospective trainees an alternative perspective to The Clearing House website (where applications are made).

Download the alternative handbook for postgraduate training courses

Top Tips for Working with Children, Young People and their Families

This document provides useful information and advice to supporting trainees and other pre-qualified clinicians working with children, young people, and their families.

Download our top tips for working with children, young people, and their families


Workforce and training updates


Workforce and training updates - December 2020

National Assessors appointment and update

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Eric Karas, a very experienced National Assessor, has been appointed to the role of interim Chief National Assessor.

The recommendation for the appointment was made by the Lead National Assessors and the Chair of ACP-UK and approved by Alison Clarke (Chair of the Practice Board).

The appointment is interim, as Eric wished to help with the relaunch of the Scheme and the eventual appointment of a Chief Assessor who would take up the appointment for the full three-year term.

The National Assessor scheme is used in providing External Psychology Assessors for appointments to Consultant posts (Band 8C and above) in Health and Social Care (and specific training/research posts within HEIs).

The National Assessor system and guidance documents have recently been reviewed and will shortly be published with relaunch of the Scheme.

We are about to embark on the recruitment of new National Assessors and any psychologists interested in making an application will be able to do this very shortly. We both thank and congratulate Eric in taking up this new role as Chief National Assessor.

HEE Diversity and Inclusion Funded Initiatives for 2020/21

There are three new HEE funded initiatives in this financial year.

  1. to Clinical Psychology Courses to fund an equality, diversity and inclusion post to improve equity of access and inclusion for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority entrants to Clinical Psychology training
  2. to Clinical Psychology Courses to develop a mentoring programme for aspiring psychologists from disadvantaged backgrounds
  3. to Trusts to develop and deliver paid clinical work experience opportunities to aspiring psychologists from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them progress their careers.

More information should be available from your local HEE commissioner.

NHSE/I Chief Psychological Professions Leadership Team

There was welcome news that agreement had been reached to continue to fund beyond March 2021 the NHSE/I Psychological Professions Leadership Team led by Adrian Whittington.

This meant the team could continue to take forward the programme of work that includes developing and evaluating the options regarding a future Chief Psychological Professions Officer, reviewing the involvement of Experts by Experience in the training of psychological professionals and working with NHS Digital to develop ways of recording and recognising the indirect work of psychological professionals.

Workforce and training updates - November 2020

The People Plan was published in July 2020 with a strong section on the mental health workforce, which set out the commitment to the 25% expansion of clinical psychology trainee numbers for the 2020/21 intake alongside significant expansion in the wider psychological workforce.

There is a very clear commitment, if money is made available in the spending review, to consolidate and increase this expansion in future years to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan. It is vital that the community responds positively to these developments which means courses adapting to larger numbers and services expanding the number of available supervisors and placements.

The National Psychological Professions Workforce Planning Group (NHSE/I HEE) has provided an important source of influence in the NHS on which the BPS/DCP is well represented.

Chaired by Adrian Whittington and Louisa Stuart it:

  1. is about to publish 'a vision' for the psychological professions
  2. has secured funding to develop Psychological Professions Networks in all Regions in England and the appointment of Leads is proceeding
  3. is launching a national experts by experience project to look how such experts are and can be involved in the training of the psychological professions
  4. is looking at options in development of a Chief Psychological Professions Officer, including securing the funding for the current leadership team (led by Adrian) for 2021/22
  5. is launching a Psychological Professions week, starting on 16 November 2020

Approved clinician role: each region has been allocated money to fund the training and backfill for staff to occupy these roles. It is important for clinical psychologists to take up this opportunity and to find out the key HEE staff involved in this funding opportunity.

The national assessor system is about to be relaunched with revised guidelines, a new chief assessor and revised information for employers about the appointment of consultants. A check is being undertaken that existing national assessors wish to continue and there will be a call for new national assessors.

We urge clinical psychologists Band 8C and above to put themselves forward.

The National Psychological Professions Workforce Planning Group

This National Stakeholder Group (established in April 2019) chaired by Adrian Whittington and Louisa Stewart (and on which the DCP have representatives in the form of Esther Cohen-Tovee and Tony Lavender) has established that the delivery of the NHS Plan will require an increase of 8,500 new psychological professions. The 25% increase in clinical psychologists in England provides a welcome but relatively small step in achieving the required numbers.

It came just in time to deliver the increase for the 2020 intake which meant that some reserve list applicants were offered places immediately. It is not yet established that this increase will be maintained next year but we will be arguing strongly that it should and that there should be a further increase given the numbers required for the delivery of the NHS Plan.

Chief Psychological Professions Officer (CPPO)

There are moves across the four nations to establish a Chief Psychological Professions Officer (CPPO). In England the National Stakeholder Group received a paper outlining the options for developing such a role (to parallel the Chief Nurse and Chief Allied Health Professions Officer roles). A small leadership team accountable to NHSE/I and HEE will be funded from October 2020 to March 2021 but this is not permanent and needs further development and consolidation. In response to the options a joint letter explaining what is required has been sent from all the eight psychological professions' organisations.

The role is necessary if the psychological professions are to be closely involved in the development of policy and workforce plans rather than just being involved in providing responses to consultations. It would be part of such a role to ensure there was psychological leadership in all parts of the system. The DCP and the BPS policy leads alongside the other psychological professions organisations are playing a key role in this work.

NHS People Plan 2020/2021

Building on the NHS Interim People Plan a people action plan has been published by NHSE/I in July 2021.

This Plan sets out actions for the leaders and staff in the short term but hopes to use the principals generated as part of building a sustainable future. It focuses on how staff must look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as actions to grow and train the workforce, and work together differently to deliver patient care.

Central themes of this report are:

  • more staff
  • working differently
  • compassionate and inclusive culture

The plan sets out actions that employers and systems should take, as well as the actions that NHSEI and HEE will take. The focus is on:

  • Looking after staff – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone.
  • Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on the discrimination that some staff face.
  • New ways of working – capturing innovation, much of it led by NHS staff.
  • Growing for the future – how to recruit, train and keep staff and welcome back ex staff who want to return

The six Chapters expand on these themes and provide detailed actions expected. They are heavily influenced by the experience of delivering services during the pandemic.

It is colourfully presented with many photos of NHS staff (though, unfortunately, not any clinical psychologists).

In chapter 5 "Growing for the Future" the importance of expanding psychological services is stressed and increasing clinical psychology training places is included. This is to be welcomed although this is under the banner of mental health services rather than across the healthcare system.

Each local ICS is asked to develop a local People Plan in response to the national plan, to be reviewed by regional and system level People Boards. Employers are also encouraged to devise their own local People Plan and metrics will be developed by September 2020 with the intention to track progress using the NHS Oversight Framework.

The Plan is a further enhancement of the earlier Interim People Plan although still does not capture the importance of psychological services in helping to enable the transformation required.

It is important that Psychologists understand the plan and show locally and nationally how they can contribute to the actions outlined but also to a more deeply psychologically informed NHS.

Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology

The Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (GTiCP) is a network for colleagues involved in delivering training programmes in clinical psychology across the UK.

It provides a forum for discussion and debate of matters of strategic importance to clinical psychology training, as well as more practical and operational support to those involved in different aspects of training delivery.

There are seperate groups for academic tutors, clinical tutors, research tutors, service users and carers. They usually meet at each GTiCP meeting and the annual conference.

These groups also have their own email discussion lists.

To be added to one (or more) of these lists please email us.

Statement of Intent: Anti-Racism

The GTiCP Programme Directors Sub-group is committed to ensuring that all members of the clinical psychology training community feel welcome and included and can learn and work free from the insidious and harmful effects of racism and other forms of discrimination.

Read the full GTiCP statement of intent on anti-racism.


Psychologists with lived experience of mental health problems

Statement on Clinical Psychologists with lived experience of mental health difficulties

The Division of Clinical Psychology publicly recognises and supports the unique and valued contribution that lived experience of mental health difficulties brings to individuals working within clinical psychology.

When lived experience is actively valued in aspiring, trainee and qualified clinical psychologists, it can help to enrich practice and improve service provision.

Read the full statement on clinical psychologists with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

Supporting and valuing lived experience of mental health difficulties in clinical psychology training

This document has been produced as guidance for the clinical psychology training community in order to increase the likelihood that trainees who experience mental health difficulties will be well supported.

Another central aim in producing this guidance was to recognise that mental health difficulties are just as common among mental health professionals and those in training as they are in the general population, and to challenge the silence, stigma and shame that often surrounds mental health difficulties.

Read the full guidance for supporting and valuing lived experience of mental health difficulties in clinical psychology training.

Join the DCP

Membership of the DCP is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member you can join the DCP at the same time as applying for membership of the BPS.

There are three grades of divisional membership:

  • Full Divisional membership

    For fully qualified psychologists who are eligible for Chartered Status.

  • In-training Divisional membership

    For psychologists in-training who hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and are working towards Chartered status and Full Divisional membership.

  • General Divisional membership

    For members of the society who are not currently eligible for the above grades, to join as a General Member.

Apply to join the DCP (students, affiliates, e-subscribers)

Apply to join the DCP (graduate, chartered & in-training members)

Benefits of DCP Membership

Members joining the Division at General (Assistant) or In-Training membership grade will automatically also become members of the DCP Pre-Qualification Group, whose purpose is to ensure that members have a voice within the profession.

The Pre-Qual Group gathers and distributes information and knowledge on current developments that impacts on their members.

Additional benefits

Participation in DCP activities

The Division of Clinical Psychology relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Division is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.

Member announcement list

The Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) uses its membership announcement email list to inform members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the DCP you are automatically allocated to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  2. opt into receiving email communications and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'DCP announcement email' in the subject line.

Benefits of BPS membership

Joining the society provides access to a variety of benefits and member resources. These include:

  • access to a wide variety of articles and publications
  • the ability to join and participate in our online communities
  • subsidised publication charges for certain journals
  • reduced rates for BPS events

Take a look at the benefits and resources available to BPS members.