trained elsewhere in Europe no longer "trainees"
by Angela Hussain
clinical psychologists trained outside the UK do no longer need
to submit essays or dissertations in order to demonstrate they are
capable of working for the NHS.
follows rulings earlier this year from the European Commission and
the government’s department for education and skills that
clinical psychologists trained in the rest of Europe should stop
being considered as trainees, but fully-qualified professionals.
means clinical psychologists from the rest of Europe who want to
work for the NHS will not have to submit written work, including
case reports, in order to gain a “statement of equivalence”
and chartered status.
said the statement of equivalence scheme, managed by The British
Psychological Society (BPS), had sometimes put experienced overseas
psychologists through months, even years, of unnecessary academic
Martin Seager, a consultant psychologist who has campaigned for
the BPS to reform its accreditation system, has accused the BPS
of an "arrogant, elitist, egocentric and unaccountable"
attitude towards overseas clinical psychologists.
BPS, however, says it has always tried to maintain high standards
in clinical psychology, for the benefit of clients.
psychologists from any of the other 26 European countries will still
be required to demonstrate, while working in the UK, their “competence”
Seager, head of psychology at North East London Mental Health Trust,
said pressure will now be put on the BPS to apply the same “equitable
treatment” for clinical psychologists trained outside Europe..
will be the likely and inevitable result of these changes. A two-tier
system would look bad,” he said.
Helen Clark, the BPS’s exams and awards officer said there
are "no immediate plans" to change procedures for non-European
the society does regularly review its regulations, and we will certainly
seek to learn lessons from [the new EU] regulations about these
methods of competence-based assessment and what aspects of this
might usefully be applied across regulations, so we can't rule out
changes in the future," she said.
per cent of applications for a statement of equivalence in clinical
psychology are from European Union (EU) psychologists.
The EU countries are: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg,
The Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal,
Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria
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