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Defence Clinical Psychology Service: an overview of clinical psychology in the UK Ministry of Defence
  1. Rachel Norris1 and
  2. M McCauley1,2
  1. 1 Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Ministry of Defence, London, UK
  2. 2 School of Psychology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachel Norris, Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Ministry of Defence, London, UK; Rachel.Norris374{at}


The Defence Clinical Psychology Service (DCPS) is the professional clinical psychology service and community of clinical psychology practice within UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The DCPS provides professional clinical care, consultation and research in support of the UK Armed Forces. Regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, DCPS psychologists are employed as Crown (Civil) Servants within the MoD. Serving as assets of Joint Forces Command within the Defence Primary Healthcare organisation, the professional leadership for such personnel is provided by the office of the Defence Consultant Advisor (DCA) for clinical psychology. The following paper offers an overview of the history, service context, training and mission of the DCPS. Areas for future development are also considered.

  • psychology
  • military
  • health

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  • Contributors Dr Rachel Norris and Dr Mathew McCauley both contributed to the authorship of this paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.