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Clinical psychology and general practice

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Clinical psychologists are psychology graduates who have additionally completed 2 or 3 years’ training in the theory and practice of clinical psychology. In the NHS, most are organised in departments of clinical psychology within the mental health service. A 1977 report considered that clinical psychologists also had an important community-based role and might contribute significantly to the prevention of some illnesses and to primary care for others.1 How can they best be used in primary care?

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