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Are you referring to doing the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology? This is different from doing a PhD, as this is more of a vocational course, in which you are hired as a 'trainee clinical psychologist' for the NHS, whilst you embark on a 3 year course. The course involves 6 placements over the three years, along with teaching. You will also complete a doctoral thesis, as well as placement based projects.
The course fees are paid by the NHS, and you are also paid a band 6 salary. However, this may be revised in the upcoming years. Once you have qualified, you can then work as a qualified clinical psychologist within the NHS. It is a varying role with many avenues.
Check out the Leeds Clearing House (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/index.html) for further information.
Yeah, I saw that programme at the university of Hull. However, can't I just do a PhD in clinical psychology without the NHS course? Like, what if I don't get accepted
I believe Hull and York have a special undergraduate course designed to put you directly into a clinical psychology doctorate course (complete with funding and NHS employment status and salary). So that may be worth considering.
You can read about it more on the official BPS website: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/neuro
A Ph.D will not be relelvant unless you only want to conduct research in this area. A DClinPsy is very different, as it is a practitioner training course (like medicine or nursing).
Would a clinical neuropsychology degree only go as far as a masters? And, after getting a DClinPsy, would I get a band 7 job and training simultaneously or would it be one after another? How long does each step take?
1) The way the clin neuro MSc course was originaly designed as a post-DClinPsy qualification to "top up" knowledge to what you need for a long term career in clinical neuro and be eligble to get the Division of Neuropsychology specialist register. This is a masters level course, in terms of content and length, but really is a post-doctoral qualification.
However, some universities (e.g. Bristol) have a parallel academic course neuro course MSc that non-DClinPsy folk can get onto, but this will in itself not qualify you for anything (but is interesting as a field of study in itself and cover the same material). If it is helpful, think of it a bit like a university offering a medical degree as well as a biomedical science degree, with overlapping staff teams and taught material -one will fully qualify you as a medical doctor, the latter will just give you a generic science degree.
2) After you do your DClinPsy, qualified typically take a Band 7 Neurojob and some of these will encourage you to do the MSc/PGdip clinical neuropsychology course (depending on the service, they may even fund this) and provide the necessary supervision. This is alongside your job and if you look at some of the prospectuses they would expect you to be working to gain your clinical hours and relevant experience, case reports etc.
E.g. from the Bristol MSc Clin Neuro course website:
....Alongside teaching of the Knowledge competencies, this MSc provides support as you develop your practical experience and competencies in clinical neuropsychology. Your clinical practice must be undertaken within your paid employment and you must secure appropriate supervision for your work when enrolled on the course. However, we offer additional support towards developing your case portfolio, discussion of case formats and patient cases, and help in managing supervisions."
3 years undergrad
??? Years relevant experience in variety of clinical and research settings (at least 2 years) then applying for DClinPsy
3 years DClinPsy
1 year full time -2 year part time doing the MSc ClinNeuro
Average age of getting onto a DclinPsy in 2017 was 27, so if you were average this would take you to 30 then if you jumped straight into a Band 7 Neuro and MSc Place that would make you about 32 when it was all done.
Even grads I volunteer with have no idea what a neuropsychologist is and have no idea what QiCN is.
This looks to be US info so there are some difference over here in the UK. Most undergraduate degrees are three years, not 4, and most Masters degrees are just a year rather than two - assuming you're doing them full time. Psychiatrists are doctors so you'd need to do either the full undergraduate medicine degree or GEM. And then if you do want to work as a practising Psychologist you will most likely need a postgraduate qualification in the specific area you want to go into, generally Masters degrees are essential rather than optional.