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BPS to accredit programmes for associate psychologists

25 March 2020

The British Psychological Society has launched new standards for the accreditation of applied psychology programmes for associate psychologists.

Becoming the accrediting body for these roles role is part of the society’s move to recognise the wider psychological workforce.

Associate psychologist is a new role for NHS England, but these standards can be used to accredit existing associate psychologist programmes so long as there is a demonstrable workforce need.

The roles are open to psychology graduates who undergo one year of training at Master’s level to become part of the applied psychology workforce at pre-registration level.

They deliver psychological assessments and interventions, under the supervision of a registered practitioner psychologist.

The introduction of clinical associates in psychology by NHS England, along with other emerging roles, will help to increase access to psychological therapies as is outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

We’ll be working with education providers to ensure quality standards in education and training for associate psychologists, just as we already accredit psychology courses throughout the UK.


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