Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme
The Liverpool clinical psychology training programme was one of the earliest to be founded in the UK and had its first intake in 1962. It is delivered in a partnership between the University, the NHS, and practising clinical psychologists in the North West region.
The programme leads to the award of the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology, leading to eligibility for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council. Successful completion of the programme also leads to eligibilty for Chartered Status as a clinical psychologist with the British Psychological Society. The programme aims to equip trainees with a theoretical understanding of a wide range of clinical problems, models and approaches; together with essential clinical skills and a variety of practical experiences such as are required for effective practice as a clinical psychologist in the NHS. While the majority of programme graduates take up posts as clinical practitioners in the NHS, a small proportion pursue research or academic careers or in some instances a combination of clinical and research work.
The programme enjoys excellent support from and relationships with local NHS clinical psychology services. Qualified clinical psychologists contribute to the delivery and effectiveness of the programme through placement or research supervision, direct teaching, mentoring of trainees, marking assignments, participation in the intake selection procedure or by involvement in committee work.