Division of Clinical Psychology

Joint DCP and DoN statement

A number of DCP members have requested clarification on the DCP’s position in relation to the DoN statement around roles, responsibilities and ethics of practising neuropsychology and using the title ‘Clinical Neuropsychologist’ published in February 2013.

The DoN and the DCP are working together closely and positively on developments in the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) and strategies for making Clinical Neuropsychologist a protected title.

The DCP and the DoN appreciate that clinical psychologists have high levels of skills and training in psychometric and cognitive assessments that enable them to develop complex formulations involving cognitive processing and behavioural function. Some clinical psychologists have also developed further skills by undertaking specialist placements in neuropsychological settings during training or by gaining specialist skills and experience post-qualification, whilst of course seeking appropriate supervision.

Whilst ‘Clinical Neuropsychologist’ it is not a protected title the BPS has developed the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN) which is available to the public so that patients and employers can check who has completed the BPS accredited QiCN training.

Unlike the DCP, Full membership of the DoN does not mean a member has completed a BPS accredited training route in Clinical Neuropsychology. For example, a research neuropsychologist with no clinical training can obtain Full Membership of the DoN. It is this factor that prompted the DoN to release their statement in 2013 (hyperlink to statement). We support the DoN in their desire to ensure safe ethical clinical neuropsychology provision.

The statement released in February 2013 and this follow-up are designed to highlight the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists as a publicly available tool to check accredited clinical neuropsychology qualifications rather than to imply necessary restrictions or detrimental perspectives on the current highly skilled DCP membership.