As a result of our commitment to the ongoing development of the Psychology workforce of NHSScotland, NES Psychology provides funding in partnership with Health Boards for a variety of training programmes across Scotland.
Health Psychologists in Training
NES Psychology has also undertaken partnership funding with Health Boards to offer posts leading to Stage II Health Psychology qualifications. These trainees work with the Public Health departments of their health boards on projects aimed at meeting specific HEAT targets for health improvement.
Recruitment for 2017 is now closed.
Professional Doctorate and Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is funding a new cohort through the Human Development Scotland Professional Clinical Doctorate programme beginning in September 2013, with places across the NHS Boards in Scotland. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in developing their career in child psychotherapy in Scotland. It's a four year, full-time course to clinical qualification with further time needed to complete the doctoral thesis.
A further cohort will commence training in 2017 and recruitment is now live.
January 2005 saw the initiation of a new 1-year Master's level programme in Psychology Therapy in Primary Care, jointly run by the Universities of Stirling and Dundee. Trainees are employed in NHS Boards and provide clinical services as part of supervised practice during training. These courses focus on the development of competences relating to a specific area of focus. Graduates can therefore enter the workforce quickly and respond to pressing service demands (e.g. support for NHS Boards to meet the CAMHS and Psychological Therapies Heat Targets).
Recruitment for 2017 intake is now closed.
An additional Master's programme in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People was commissioned by NES in 2007 at the University of Edinburgh. Trainees are employed in NHS Boards and provide clinical services as part of supervised practice during training. These courses focus on the development of competences relating to a specific area of focus. Graduates can therefore enter the workforce quickly and respond to pressing service demands (e.g. support for NHS Boards to meet the CAMHS and Psychological Therapies Heat Targets).
Recruitment for 2017 intake is now closed.
Clinical - University of Glasgow/University of Edinburgh
Currently there are two clinical psychology programmes in Scotland at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. These programmes combine placement experience (as NHS employees) in one of the 14 health boards across NHSScotland, teaching as well as research over the course of study to allow trainees develop to core competencies in clinical psychology. Both of these courses are approved by Health and Care Professions Council and represent the highest level of training in Clinical Psychology. There are currently 200 trainees. Recent developments include the design of aligned training pathways to reflect particular needs in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Older Adult and Forensic services.
NES employs clinical tutors and funds local tutors to work alongside academic staff to support the delivery of the clinical practice elements of training in NHS Boards. Trainees deliver clinical services throughout their training.
All psychology programmes are subject to NES Educational Governance policies and procedures. We gather data to track our trainees into the workforce. Attrition from clinical psychology training is very low (<5%) and retention in the NHSScotland workforce is very high (average of 90% since 2003).
Additionally, the University of Glasgow is also running a post-qualification course in Clinical Neuropsychology, offered as a postgraduate diploma or MSc as well as an option for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The programme provides clinical psychologists with specialist knowledge in the area of clinical neuropsychology and covers the underpinning knowledge syllabus of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology Practitioner Full Membership Qualification (PFMQ). These skills are required for working as part of multidisciplinary teams for people with acquired brain injuries, epilepsy, dementia and other neurological conditions.