Assistant clinical psychologist

Assistant clinical psychologists undertake a variety of roles in supporting people with mental health conditions.

This page has information on the role of an assistant clinical psychologist. There is also information on the entry requirements and training. 

Working  life 

The exact role will depend on the needs of the local population. Typically, you’ll provide clinical support under the direct supervision of a qualified psychologist who would usually retain clinical responsibility for patients and service users.

Two psychologists talking

You’ll work as part of a multidisciplinary team and may be involved with:

In addition, they would be expected to maintain clear written records, draft reports, letters and summaries of assessments and observations of treatments. Assistant clinical psychologists also work with professionals from the NHS, social services and other agencies.

Entry requirements 

Applicants for these posts usually need a degree in psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Universities are usually flexible about the A-levels, A/S, GNVQ or Scottish Higher subjects needed for entry onto psychology degrees. Undergraduates will need to be able to handle scientific concepts, be numerate and have excellent writing skills. Biology, mathematics, English, history, economics or similar arts or social science subjects are all useful preparation for a psychology degree. Maths at the Scottish Standard Grade or at GCSE level, at grades A, B, C, are usually required.

Skills needed 

You'll need a variety of skills, including a knowledge of psychological theory, an interest in how people think and behave and the ability to relate to a wide range of people including patients and colleagues.You'll need to be a patient and sympathetic. 

You'll also need to be able to demonstrate the values of the NHS Constitution.

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