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Clinical Practice

Module titleClinical Practice
Module codePYCM101DA
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Susanna Cole (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides you with in-depth experience of clinical psychology practice. Observation and participation in clinical practice is essential to afford you substantial opportunities to develop knowledge, skill and competence in working with a range of children, young people and familes. This module provides you with opportunities to develop skills and to use transferable skills in a range of clinical settings with the target population. You will gain substantive experience in applied psychology practice through a very strong emphasis on workplace or practice learning. We encourage the integration of this with academic and research elements of training.

In the case of placement assessment, trainees cannot complete the programme where identified deficiencies in practice competence highlighted at mid-placement review via the Evaluation of Clinical Competency are not addressed to the point that a satisfactory level of competence has been reached at the end of the module.

Trainees are expected to meet minimum standards in terms of clinical caseload (a minimum caseload of 24 cases and a minimum of 160 clinical contacts are expected over the course of the placement module). In terms of minimum caseload, cases are where the trainee is providing a significant psychological intervention. Over the course of the placement module the trainee is expected to have their clinical practice observed on 12 occasions.

Module aims - intentions of the module

Specific aims are to develop your:

  • Core clinical competencies in working under supervision directly and indirectly with individuals, carers, services and community systems.
  • Direct and indirect application of clinical competencies under supervision within a range of experiences: in a range of service delivery settings with clients with a representative range of problems and abilities.
  • Application of clinical competencies under supervision with clients from a range of backgrounds taking into account social inequalities and diversity.
  • Integration of psychological theory, evidence and experience.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively, compassionately and respectfully with clients and colleagues, sharing essential capabilities and working as part of multi-disciplinary team.
  • Competence to work within professional and regulatory codes of practice and ethics.
  • Ability to conceptualise and adapt supervised practice in the light of current service policies and priorities
  • Readiness to approach supervised clinical work with critical reflection and self-awareness.
  • Capacity to nurture clinical strengths and interests to make a contribution to the development of psychological skills, knowledge and the profession.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological wellbeing through the systematic application of knowledge derived from psychological theory and evidence.
  • 2. Develop working alliances with clients, including individuals, carers and/or services, in order to carry out psychological interventions, evaluate their work and communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological (and other relevant) theory and evidence, related to specific client groups, presentations, psychological therapies, psychological testing, assessment, intervention and secondary prevention required to underpin supervised clinical practice.
  • 4. Work effectively under supervision with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds, understanding and respecting the impact of difference and diversity upon their lives, whilst being aware of the clinical, professional and social contexts within which work is undertaken and impact therein.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Demonstrate clinical and research skills in supervised work with clients and systems based on a reflective scientist-practitioner model that incorporates a cycle of assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation and that draws from theory and therapy evidence bases as appropriate.
  • 6. Work effectively under supervision with systems relevant to clients, including for example statutory and voluntary services, self-help and advocacy groups, user-led systems and other elements of the wider community.
  • 7. Work under supervision in a range of indirect ways to improve psychological aspects of health and healthcare, including competencies in consultancy, supervision, teaching and training, working collaboratively and influencing psychological mindedness and practices of teams.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Practice reflectively within a professional and ethical value base.
  • 9. Demonstrate high level skills in managing a personal learning agenda and self-care, in critical reflection and self-awareness that enable transfer of knowledge and skills to new settings and problems and professional standards of behaviour as might be expected by the public, employers and colleagues.
  • 10. Communicate complex and contentious information clearly and effectively to specialists and non-specialists.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Learning will be through supervised practice in one or more health or social care setting working with children, young people and families; 50% of the programme is spent in clinical psychology practice settings; feedback based on supervision and direct observation of clinical practice; literature searches; tutorials; assigned reading.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching6Portfolio preparation workshop
Placement/study abroad1462.5Clinical practice undertaken in a mental healthcare setting under the supervision of an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practice observation 1-12Not applicable1-10Supervisor feedback
Individual training and development plan 1000 words1-10Discussion with clinical tutor
Mid-point review with supervisors/mentors using evaluation of clinical competence (ECC) during 195-day clinical practice500 words1-10Discussion with supervisor and clinical tutor
Mid-point portfolio of clinical experience during 195-day clinical practice500 words1-10Discussion with supervisor and clinical tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
End of practice supervisor evaluation of clinical competence (ECC) during 195-day clinical practice (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)100500 words1-10Evaluation of clinical competence form
End of practice portfolio of clinical experience during 195-day clinical practice (this assessment is pass/fail only and must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme). Portfolio will include: mid- and end of practice ECC; log of clinical activity evidencing a minimum of 160 hours clinical contacts, 24 clinical cases and 12 observations of clinical practice; individual training and development record confirming 100% teaching attendance and catch up strategies where absence has been unavoidable and submission of teaching feedback; individual training and development plan; research proposal0500 words1-10Clinical experience logbook


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
End of practice supervisor evaluationEnd of practice supervisor evaluation1-10 Six months from the date of the original end of practice supervisor evaluation
End of practice portfolio of clinical experienceEnd of practice portfolio of clinical experience1-10 Six months from the date of the original end of practice portfolio of clinical experience

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. In all cases re-assessment will be the same as the original assessment. Where you have been referred/deferred for any form of assessment detailed above you will have the opportunity to retake within six months from the date that feedback was provided.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of deferral, your re-assessment will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment,

If you fail re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), you will be failed in the module and as a consequence you will be failed in the programme and your registration as a student of the University will be terminated.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Beinart, H. and Kennedy, P. and Llewelyn, S. (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice.Oxford Blackwell: British Psychological Society.
  • Fleming, I and Steen, L. (2004). Supervision and Clinical Psychology. Hove and New York: Brunner – Routledge.
  • Harvey, D (Ed). (2001). Core Purpose and Philosophy of the Profession. Leicester: British Psychological Society.
  • Hawkins, P. & Shohet, R. (2000). Supervision in the Helping Professions, 2nd Edition. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Owusu-Bempah, K. & Howitt D. (2000). Psychology Beyond Western Perspectives. Leicester: British Psychological Society.
  • Scaife, J. (2001). Supervision in the Mental Health Professions: A Practitioners’ Guide. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • British Psychological Society
    • Accreditation through partnership handbook – guidelines for clinical psychology programmes (2010)
    • Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009)
    • Guidelines on Confidentiality and Record Keeping.(2004)
    • Clinical Psychology and Case Notes: Guidance on Good Practice (2000)
    • Working in Teams (2001)
  • Health and Care Professions Council
    • Standards of Education and Training guidance (2009)
    • Practitioner psychologists (2009)
    • Standards of conduct, performance and Ethics (2009)
    • Guidance on conduct and ethics for students (2009)
    • Practitioner psychologists (2009)
  • Department of Health
    • Department of Health (1999) A National Service Framework for Mental Health. London: Department of Health.
    • Department of Health (2001) A National Service Framework for Older People. London: Department of Health.
    • Department of Health (2001) Valuing People: a New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century: a White Paper. London: The Stationery Office.
    • Department of Health (2004) Every Child Matters: Next Steps.
    • Supporting People with Long Term Conditions (2005).
    • Patient and Public Involvement: a Brief Overview.(2004)
    • The Ten Essential Shared Capabilities: A Framework for the Whole of the Mental Health Workforce. (2004)

Key words search

Clinical, psychology, practice, placement

Credit value50
Module ECTS


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Module co-requisites

PYCM070DA Fundamentals of Professional Practice and Ethics, PYCM100DA Assessment, Diagnosis and Formulation in Clinical Practice, PYCM097DA Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions, PYCM098DA Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Practice

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