Chapter 5

Clinical Practice

Set B


Stage of treatment, which seeks to ensure any intervention is having the desired effect. Can be achieved in a number of ways, including discussion with the client and with the use of validated questionnaires.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Agency responsible since 2009 for regulating and maintaining a register of clinical psychologists in the UK, ensuring that they meet specified standards of training, professional skills, behaviour and health.


The use of clinical information to draw up a psychological explanation of the client’s problems and to develop a plan for therapy.

Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs)

MDTs include workers from a range of disciplines that specialise in different aspects of health and social care, e.g., psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.

Occupational Therapists

Clinicians who specialise in assessing and training (or re-training) occupational and daily living skills.


A classification of the client’s symptoms according to current diagnostic criteria.

Inpatient Hospital Care

Treatment provided to a client who has voluntarily admitted himself or herself to hospital. Some people can be compulsorily detained in a hospital under the Mental Health Act if their mental health problems are severe enough.


Psychological treatment, implemented on the basis of the formulation. May be based on multiple theoretical approaches and may be co-designed with the client.