Guidelines for the Submission of the Clinical Practice Report (CPR)

General guidelines

Four written Clinical Practice Reports (CPR) must be presented during your training. The clinical practice work chosen should be selected to demonstrate the candidate’s competence to put a piece of clinical work they have undertaken explicitly within a research, theoretical and professional context. Practically, CPR material could come from the same placement but across the four CPRs it should cover a wide range of types of problems and clinical procedures/interventions. The portfolio of the submitted CPRs should reflect the breadth of experience relevant for a clinical psychologist and in addition to individual clinical practice works/client work should involve work with groups or families or experience of teaching, supervision or consultancy. Evidence of knowledge of more than one psychological model is required either within one or across all the submitted CPRs (whatever is appropriate). Some examples of suitable clinical activity are: individual and group work with clients; working with families; indirect work with a client’s carers; teaching programmes to clients, staff or carers; service development and consultancy; and psychometric assessment. The CPR should also cover a range of areas of supervised experience across the life span: adult psychological problems; child and adolescent psychological problems; work with people with learning disabilities (adults and children); work with older adults. Trainees should also consider that work that did not go according to plan is suitable for submission as CPR.  Care should then be taken to address any issues in the critical reflection section.

It is not normally appropriate to include in the CPR any material that has been submitted for another examination. 

Content of CPRs

The submitted CPR should enable the assessor to have a clear idea of the identified problem and the rationale for the approach. Assessors will be looking for a systematic approach to the problem, which integrates theory with practice and addresses the issue of outcome. Assessors attach particular importance to the application of psychological knowledge in the formulation of the problem and the candidate’s demonstrated ability to evaluate clinical work critically and reflectively and to learn from it.

Structure of CPRs

The CPR should be structured using the suggested framework in the marking criteria (see links below). Variations to this structure outlined below are acceptable but candidates should present their work in a coherent way that addresses all points outlined in the suggested structure below.

If the CPR is describing complex clinical practice work (either an individual case or multi-disciplinary/multi-agency working; multiple complex presenting problems; and complex systemic issues), then trainees need to set their clinical work in the context of the overall problem/intervention, whilst reporting in detail on their own work/approach.  Trainees are recommended to discuss complex clinical practice work for CPRs with their supervisor and clinical tutor at placement review.

Word count

Whilst it is recognised that reports prepared for placement purposes may be lengthy, the Programme requires that trainees gain the experience of succinctly summarising clinical work. The report should be no more than 5000 words in length. However, you are expected to use up the full word count. The CPR should be able to be read without constant reference to the appendices.  A draft copy should be prepared for the supervisor in good time, as they will need to sign the front sheet to confirm that the description of the clinical work is a true description of the work you have undertaken.

Preparation of CPRs

These should be typed with double line spacing, paginated and follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual (6th Edition). Washington, DC: APA.) As the Reports are marked anonymously, only one copy of the title page should include the candidate’s name. Please ensure that any identifiable information is completely removed from the report and appendices. It is also advised that you ensure that the CPR has been thoroughly checked prior to submission in order to ensure that there are no typos or spelling mistakes, as this could affect your grade.

Guidelines for Submission

Marking Guidelines and Marker's Feedback Form

Marking Criteria for the Clinical Practice Report

Feedback form for CPR