This is a new four year doctoral programme that started in the School of Psychology this September. It is the first practitioner Doctorate in the UK to provide people who complete the course eligibility to practice in two different branches of applied psychology, in this case Forensic and Clinical Psychology. The School has approval from the Health Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, and successful completion of the course will lead to a dual qualification conferring eligibility to practice as a Forensic and Clinical psychologist.
The course has been put together by a team from the University including Tony Beech, Monica Lloyd and John Rose in collaboration with staff from St Andrew’s, particularly Clive Long and Malcolm Wheatley. St Andrew’s is an independent national Teaching Hospital, training clinical leaders for the future, and is a charity of some 175 years standing, one of only a handful not to join the NHS in 1948. It is now the UK’s leading charity providing specialist NHS care in the fields of mental health, learning disabilities, autism, brain injury and dementia. St Andrew’s has agreed to support five trainees to commence in 2013 and a further five in 2015, by paying their fees and a grant of £8,300 per year to support living and travelling expenses. Expressions of interest are welcome from self funding trainees or trainees that can get sponsorship from their employers or via other routes for 2014.