Virtual Information Evening
Our latest virtual open evening took place on the 5th of September 2023. A recording of this meeting can be found below. This will be available until the end of the December
In the first two years international students will join the trainee cohort to complete the ClinPsyD programme of supervised clinical placements, teaching and research in and around Norwich and Cambridge. In the first two years the clinical placements are designed to equip trainees to develop core competences in clinical practice. During years one and two trainees gain experience of working across the life-span, of working in residential and community settings, and with people who have severe and/or enduring problems. The ClinPsyD adheres to a model of teaching-placement synchronization and the teaching programme is organised around the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and the British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation criteria. In terms of research, students are required to engage in service-based projects and to produce a research portfolio (up to 40,000 words) comprising a systematic review and empirical paper that make a significant contribution to knowledge.
Upon successful completion of years one and two, international students have the option of continuing their training at UEA and clinical practice placements in the NHS in East Anglia, or to complete some or all of the senior year specialist clinical placements in their home country. This option is only available where UEA are able to source, quality assure and monitor placements. The UEA Clin PsyD Programme staff will provide oversight of the governance of placements and supervision during year three of the Programme.
International students are introduced to working in the UK healthcare sector and are provided with an introduction to the culture of the NHS in England.
“I really value the teaching at UEA and then being able to apply that on placement. This is really helpful for linking theory to practice. “
“My advisor has been an incredible source of support for both personal and academic issues. Without her guidance I would have found it a much more difficult. I think it is an excellent way to support trainees and the consistency of having the same person throughout training allows for a relationship to develop and for them to understand the way you work.”
"I found UEA to be a great place to complete my clinical psychology doctorate and felt it prepared me very well for life as a qualified clinical psychologist. I really valued the range of placements available and the opportunity to complete specialist teaching in my third year".
"Research is really valued at UEA which, in the current climate (when psychologists need to use all the skills they have developed) provides you with the confidence to do doctoral research as well as enthusing you to continue doing research post training. I have also found that the staff were very encouraging in supporting me to disseminate my research (including providing me with support to attend national and international conferences and to publish my work)".
“In all my placements I have had excellent supervisors who have been very supportive and I have always felt to be a valued member of the team, which has really helped to enrich the learning experience.”
'All of my placements (4 so far) have been of a very high standard, all Supervisors have been very experienced in trainee learning needs and supportive and informed in terms of UEA requirements. I have felt a valued and integrated member of each team I've worked in.'
"It was very helpful to have experts and local clinicians teach on the course. This enabled me to really see how theory links to practice as well as to understand local services''.
"I have found the placements at UEA to be a real strength of the course. In each placement I have been inspired by the clients I have worked with, and been lucky enough to have been supervised by clinicians who are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive."
"UEA trainees bring energy and enthusiasm to our service. They inspire us to think differently as well as (hopefully) us inspiring them!"
"Trainees are motivated and enthusiastic!"
"Always an asset when they are on placement"
"Bright and thoughtful"
"UEA trainees are well practised in critically presenting cases and this is useful when working in a multi disciplinary teams. There able to present cases really well and deal with constructive comments"
"It’s very rewarding to see a trainee’s development over a placement – especially seeing them build in confidence after they take on new challenges"
“I like having trainees - it is a two way street of learning: they read stuff, digest it, make sense of it, and then teach me”
“Trainees carry out valuable pieces of work and add positively to team dynamics.”
“UEA trainees are well practised in critically presenting cases and this is useful when working in a multi-disciplinary teams.”
“They bring enthusiasm and energise our teams. They ask questions which make us think and keep us thinking about why we do things the way we do – keeps us self-aware and reflective of practice”
"I particularly enjoy having someone who asks questions that make you reflect on why you practice in a particular way. Having a fresh set of eyes on a case or on systems in departments is really helpful as we often get trapped just doing things because “they’ve always been done like that”
“I have employed many ex UEA trainees. I feel that as clinicians they are able to take a broad based and eclectic approach to therapy, calling on a range of psychological models and rarely being wedded to one”
“I find having trainees helps to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in practice and theory – supervisors learn as much from them as the other way round!”
“UEA trainees add a fresh perspective to clinical work and to the team.”
“Other professionals often say it’s great to have UEA trainees around.”
“It’s very rewarding to see a trainee’s development over a placement – especially seeing them build in confidence after they take on new challenges.”
“I enjoy having UEA trainees as I feel there is great communication between supervisors and the course. The course staff make an effort to get to know supervisors and to keep in touch. This means as a supervisor I feel I can support my trainee better as I know who to speak to if I need to get more information.”
“UEA trainees perform to a consistently high standard.”
“They are highly reflective and hard working.”
“UEA trainees have been an asset to our service.”