Niall BroomfieldProgramme Director's Welcome

Welcome, everybody, to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD) based in the Department of Clinical and Applied Psychology, Norwich Medical School UEA. Whether you are thinking about training in clinical psychology at UEA, are already studying on the programme, or you work to support its delivery, I hope you find this information useful.


The ClinPsyD at UEA blends academic, research and clinical practice components, conferring eligibility for registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC and membership as a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS.   We have a highly talented programme team who take great pride in delivering a highly innovative and stimulating learning environment, with research-informed teaching, novel curriculum design and a growing international dimension.  All of this ensures an excellent student experience and part of the outstanding team at UEA is our PGR Service administration colleagues. Delivery of the programme would not be possible without the talents and hard work of PGR, so we are very fortunate to have these colleagues as members of our team.

We also enjoy close links with our NHS clinical colleagues and can offer trainees a wide range of exciting generic and specialist placements across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk alongside international opportunities where part of the ClinPsyD practice element is completed abroad.  Today’s research is tomorrow’s clinical practice so at UEA we also place great value on applied clinical research and strengthening the research to clinical practice pathway.  We are expert in understanding wellness and vulnerability processes (cognition, emotion, sleep, social connection and marginalisation) across a wide range of clinical groups, giving our trainees the opportunity to choose from many varied research topics.  

At UEA, our mission is to produce high calibre clinicians who, through the application of theory, knowledge and research, can dedicate their clinical careers to making a positive difference to the lives of people in distress.  Joining a profession that works with people at vulnerable times to empower them to realise change is a huge privilege.  We hope if you are contemplating study at UEA, that you do come here and that you stay in this beautiful part of the United Kingdom, as many of our trainees do.

My very best wishes


Niall M Broomfield, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Programme Director, ClinPsyD at University of East Anglia


Our Vision and Goals of Training 

At the end of training, our clinical psychology trainees should be able to draw on a broad range of psychological models, theories and research to inform their clinical work and be confident in using a variety of research methods appropriate to clinical research questions. We train clinical psychologists to be fit for purpose in the changing landscape of the NHS. This means we guide our trainees (and qualified staff) to appreciate what clinical psychology can offer in the context of multi-disciplinary work, to understand the need for leadership either directly or through influencing others and to accept that as psychologists we will frequently be called upon to make difficult decisions about the use of limited resources. To do this we encourage our trainees to use the evidence-base and to draw upon scientist-practitioner competences when the evidence-base is lacking.

Programme Philosophy 

The UEA Clinical Psychology Programme, which started in 1995, will support you to become one of the next generation of leaders for our profession, equipping you to thrive at a time of great change within the NHS.  We will enable you to become conversant, knowledgeable and confident in applying evidence-based practice through the integration of clinical, academic and research skills, recognising the wide ranging role of the clinical psychologist in the modern NHS.   

Our Clinical Psychology Programme, which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), is informed by partnerships in training to deliver highly competent, robust and resilient trainees. Embodying and upholding the values of the NHS Constitution, our trainees are enabled to deliver better care at the level of individual, service and population need.  The Programme works jointly with clinicians in the region to support research activity linked with the mental health research strategies of local Trusts and is in tune with clinical priorities of local services.  The Programme understands clinical psychology to be a reflective, caring and compassionate profession where we act with integrity to make a difference to people at times of vulnerability and distress, reflecting the NHS values and constitution.  At the heart of the Programme, underpinning and informing it, are the NHS values of working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and a recognition that everyone counts. 


Our Strengths 

  • An innovative approach to clinical psychology training that includes a systematic research training programme, methods of assessing clinical skills, and the integration of theory and practice
  • Clearly defined programmes of clinically relevant research within the department and school which trainees are encouraged to join and contribute to
  • Seeing trainees as adult learners, making use of trainees' own knowledge and skills and using problem-based learning to help promote the skills necessary for life-long learning
  • An emphasis on evidence-based practice with development of the specific skills necessary to maintain this throughout one's career. 
  • An emphasis on clinically relevant research both to inform practice and to develop the knowledge base of the profession: we provide robust systems to support trainees to carry out high quality research
  • A stimulating and supportive multi-disciplinary environment
  • An emphasis in teaching and assessment on case formulation in cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic therapies
  • The opportunity for focused training in a specific therapy in the third year.