School of Psychology Degree programmes

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Welcome to the South Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology

The South Wales Programme has a long and established pedigree. It was set up in 1975 as an in-service course and awarded a Diploma in Clinical Psychology. As a result of this history, the programme has strong links with health and social care services across west, south and mid Wales and maintains these through close partnership working with health and social care colleagues and service users and carers. The programme also enjoys an excellent relationship with the School of Psychology at Cardiff University and is located in the same building. It is commissioned by the Workforce and Education Development Service of the Welsh Government.

The programme is three years, full time and leads to the award of Doctor of Clinical Psychology validated by Cardiff University. The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and confers eligibility for registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC. Trainees are full-time employees of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) and are registered postgraduate students of Cardiff University.

Trainees become reflective scientist-practitioners capable of working within a range of health and social care settings and in diverse social and cultural contexts. The programme is proactive in responding to the development of professional roles and service design within health and social care. Increasing emphasis is placed on preparing trainees to work within multi-professional/multi-agency contexts, working psychologically within teams and taking on leadership roles. Emphasis is placed on the development of trainee competence through the implementation of individualised training plans.

The programme is generic in nature and underpinned by a lifespan developmental approach. About half of the programme time is spent on clinical placement with the rest divided between academic course work, research work and personal study. Trainees are able to consolidate and further develop competence obtained in four core placements through an extended elective module in their third year.

Supervised clinical experience is provided by clinical psychologists working in health and social care services across west, south and mid Wales and research supervision is available through programme staff, staff of the School of Psychology and research-active psychologists within health and social care services. Trainees have access to the resources of the School of Psychology which is located in central Cardiff and Postgraduate Centres in Park Place and at Llandough Hospital. In addition, they can enjoy the many benefits of living in Cardiff, a capital city, with many sports amenities as well as cultural centres and entertainment venues.

The programme is reviewed by an annual university process (Annual Programme Review and Evaluation) and WEDS. It also receives feedback from stakeholders via The Programme Advisory and Executive Committee, Supervisors’ Committee, and the Trainees’ Committee. The Director and other senior staff also sit on Welsh and UK-wide committees where decisions relevant to training are determined.

Supervisors based in Health & Social Care Services throughout Wales
Workforce & Education Development Services (WEDs)
Service Users & Carers throughout Wales
Staff and trainees of the programme
Welsh Government
Cardiff University
6 of the 7 Health Boards in Wales
Velindre Cancer Trust
Ambulance Trust