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Benchmark Statement

Scottish Subject Benchmark Statement: Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology (Clinical Associate) Scotland

A joint initiative between Scottish Executive Health Department, NHS Education for Scotland and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Scotland brought together a working group of stakeholders in post-graduate education and training for Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology, respectively, in NHS Scotland.

The tasks of the group were:

  • To consider the QAA benchmarking statement for clinical psychology (prepared at the instigation of the Department of Health) for its applicability to the Scottish context with a remit to suggest amendments as required by Scottish training arrangements, and;
  • To describe the characteristics and standards expected of the Masters level training in Applied Psychology (Healthcare) in a comparable fashion to allow the similarities and differences between the two levels of award to be clearly articulated.

The working group produced a benchmark document which following a period of consultation has now been published.  Currently the document can be accessed via the QAA.

Important to note: In response to the consultation the working group proposed an amendment to the working title for the Masters level training.