UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology


Section 8 - Clinical Placement Guidelines and Contracts

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This section contains detailed guidance on:

  • setting up placements
  • drawing-up placement contacts
  • placement structure and content

It includes:

  • an overview of the clinical competences trainees need to acquire during training
  • an outline of the expectations of content and structure that apply to all placements
  • outlines of the expected content and structure for:
  • the first placement
  • placements with specific client groups and settings (children and adolescents, people with learning disabilities, older adults and individuals with severe and enduring mental health problems 

There are 11 appendices to this section which relate to various aspects of placement organisation:

The first set of appendices set out BPS/ DCP guidance on supervision:

Section 8 Appendix 1BPS Guidelines on supervision
Section 8 Appendix 2DCP Faculty of Children and young people: guidance on content of placements with children and adolescents
Section 8 Appendix 3DCP Faculty for Learning Difficulties: guidance on content of placements with learning difficulties 
Section 8 Appendix 4DCP Faculty for psychologists working with older people: guidance of content with older people

The next set of appendices set out guidance related to record keeping:

Section 8 Appendix 5Data protection and encryption: preserving client confidentiality when using computers
Section 8 Appendix 6Department of Health - advice for copying letters to clients  
Section 8 Appendix 7

App 7a: BPS guidance on keeping records

App 7b: BPS Electronic records guidance

The final set of appendices offer guidance on professional practice while on placement:

Section 8 Appendix 8Client consent form for recording sessions
Section 8 Appendix 9BPS guidelines for working with interpreters in health settings
Section 8 Appendix 10Health and Safety policy for placements
Section 8 Appendix 11Involvement of Clinical Psychology trainees as Care Co-ordinators withing the Care Programme Approach (CPA)