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Tim Bilham, Director of Education Research and Development in the School for Health
Tim Bilham, Director of Education Research and Development in the School for Health

Internal News - 26 July 2006

University team selected for Clinical Psychology contract

The School for Health, in partnership with the Department of Psychology, has been selected as the preferred bidder to provide a Doctorate programme in Clinical Psychology for the northern area of the new South West Strategic Health Authority.

The DClinPsy programme provides a professional qualification and gives eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status, so enabling graduates to work within the National Health Service. There are currently 30 programmes in the UK.

All clinical courses leading to the DClinPsy degree are accredited by the British Psychological Society and, as part of the three year programme, students are employed as trainee clinical psychologists with the NHS.

“I am delighted that we have been selected as the preferred bidder,” said Tim Bilham, Director of Education Research and Development in the School who led the University’s bid.

“The DClinPsy is a prestigious programme and allows the University to expand further its provision of doctoral level teaching.

“It also provides us with an important partnership with the NHS and will help strengthen our portfolio of education and research in the mental health field.”

Professor Jane Miller, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Strategic Developments), added: “This is a major strategic opportunity for the University.

“Developing health related teaching and research is a priority for the University and this Clinical Psychology programme has the potential to make an important contribution to the developing portfolio of activity in the School for Health.”

The current programme runs in Bristol and it is planned to transfer it to the Claverton Down campus by September 2007.

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