Job type

Clinical psychologist

£32k - £75k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

Clinical psychologists help people make positive changes to their thinking and behaviour.

More info

  • Requires excellent communication and listening skills, empathy, and the ability to deal with people in distress
  • With experience and further training, option to specialise in clinical neuropsychology
  • Option to work as a freelance consultant, advising other professionals and clients, or set up your own practice

As a clinical psychologist, you'll see people who have psychological difficulties like anxiety, depression, phobias or eating disorders.

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • Assess clients’ needs through interviews, tests and observations
  • Decide on the most appropriate form of treatment, like therapy, counselling or advice
  • Plan treatment programmes
  • Work with clients in groups or individually
  • Write reports and go to case conferences
  • Carry out research and work closely with other professionals, like doctors and probation officers

DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a client's home, at a university or at a health centre. Your work may be emotionally demanding and sometimes distressing. 

You'll need

This role requires someone with excellent communication and listening skills, empathy, and the ability to deal with people in distress.

To be a clinical psychologist you must pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults.

You'll need to complete a 3-year degree in psychology accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) or a 3-year postgraduate doctorate in clinical psychology.

You may be able to study for an approved postgraduate conversion course, if you're a graduate in a subject other than psychology or your psychology degree is not accredited by the BPS.

Competition for postgraduate training is strong. You'll need an upper second class degree or higher, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You'll also need relevant work experience.

You'll also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council to be a Clinical psychologist.

It would be useful to join The British Psychological Society for professional development and training opportunities.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With experience, you could produce legal reports or act as an expert witness in court. You could specialise in working with groups like children, young offenders or older adults. With experience and further training you could specialise in clinical neuropsychology. You could move into research or teaching. You could also work as a freelance consultant, advising other professionals and clients, or set up your own practice.