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HCPC/BPS and foreign doctorates

Post by huwtube » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:59 pm

Sorry to add to the copious verbiage on this issue, but I have a question about coming to NHS jobs with a foreign qualification.

I have just finished a clinical psych PhD in New York and am now doing a 1 year clinical postdoc job here. I am applying for HCPC registration as I am moving back to the Uk with my family in September.

Browsing NHS jobs I see this alot:

"Suitable applicants will be HCPC registered, hold a degree in psychology accepted by BPS and hold a doctorate in clinical psychology accredited by BPS."

Assuming everything runs smoothly with the HCPC, do I need to worry about this stipulation about "a doctorate in clinical psychology accredited by BPS"?
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Re: HCPC/BPS and foreign doctorates

Post by maven » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:25 pm

No, I don't think so. If you get HCPC equivalence then I don't think the BPS have any say in whether you can practice here or not.
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Re: HCPC/BPS and foreign doctorates

Post by huwtube » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:09 pm

Thanks Maven, this is as I had thought, and I was surprised to see it as a stipulation in quite a few job postings. Does anyone know if psychology services tend to have this as a preference when recruiting?
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Re: HCPC/BPS and foreign doctorates

Post by miriam » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:13 pm

I wouldn't have thought so if you have a doctorate that combines research and practice. Presumably the wording is to ensure real equivalence and doctoral level training, rather than the rather overinclusive EU rules for equivalence with the HCPC?
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Re: HCPC/BPS and foreign doctorates

Post by huwtube » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:04 pm

Thanks both - this sounds reassuring. I'll let people know how it goes and folk should feel free you DM me if there are questions about this process!
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