Clinical psychologists have an undergraduate degree in psychology, or a conversion Masters/diploma (all must be accredited by the British Psychological Society), followed by a three year postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy).
Doctoral training comprises several placements in different NHS specialities, ensuring a wide breadth of experience as well as more specialist training closer to qualification. Training also consists of doctoral level academic work including case studies and research. Clinical psychologists are trained to use evidence-based psychological methods of assessment and treatment. They often use approaches cited in the guidelines of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as recommended treatments.
Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication but often work with people who are being prescribed medication (such as antidepressants) by their GP or psychiatrist.