Scottish Subject Benchmark Statement: Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology (Clinical Associate) Scotland
A joint initiative between Scottish Executive Health Department, NHS Education for Scotland and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Scotland brought together a working group of stakeholders in post-graduate education and training for Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology, respectively, in NHS Scotland.
The tasks of the group were:
- To consider the QAA benchmarking statement for clinical psychology (prepared at the instigation of the Department of Health) for its applicability to the Scottish context with a remit to suggest amendments as required by Scottish training arrangements, and;
- To describe the characteristics and standards expected of the Masters level training in Applied Psychology (Healthcare) in a comparable fashion to allow the similarities and differences between the two levels of award to be clearly articulated.
The working group produced a benchmark document which following a period of consultation has now been published. Currently the document can be accessed via the QAA with published versions being made available in due course.
Important to note: In response to the consultation the working group proposed an amendment to the working title for the Masters level training pending the outcome of deliberations about protected titles, in preparation for statutory regulation of applied psychologists.
Submissions to the consultation process will be reponded to individually.