How do I become one?
To become a Chartered Member of the Society through the health psychology training route, you will need the following qualifications:
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is achieved by completing a Society accredited degree or conversion course
- A Society accredited Masters in Health Psychology
and one of the following 'Stage 2', doctoral-level qualifcations:
- The Society’s Qualification in Health Psychology Stage 2 (QHP Stage 2)
- A Society accredited Doctorate in Health Psychology
In Scotland, an NHS-funded Stage 2 training scheme employs a number of Trainee Health Psychologists each year. This enables Chartership through the Society’s Qualification in Health Psychology. Currently, there is not an equivalent funded Stage 2 training scheme for the rest of the UK; however, some institutions and funding bodies do offer Trainee Health Psychologist roles or funding for training.
In order to use the title Health Psychologist, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This will involve completing Stage 2 of the Society's Qualification in Health Psychology or equivalent qualification that has been approved by the HCPC. Contact the HCPC for more information on the entry requirements for their register.