PROGRAMME 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
Pre-Requisites for Applying
Full details of our minimum essential criteria are detailed on our Clearing House entry:
- Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the BPS.
Applicants who are currently completing a GBC-accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course in the UK or Ireland must have completed the degree, obtained the results and provided a document to confirm their GBC status by the time short-listing commences at the beginning of February.
- At least a 2:1 Honours degree in psychology
Applications will also be considered from applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree who have successfully completed a postgraduate course - either at Masters, DPhil or PhD level. The course must be classified as a research degree (and the research component would normally be at least 50% of the course) i.e. not a taught Masters.
Applicants must provide transcript evidence at the point of applying to demonstrate that their degree/s meet this requirement (please see supplementary information section). We have provided a flowchart to help you assess whether you meet this minimum entry requirement.
All previous courses that contribute towards minimum requirements must be fully complete at the point of application. Please see later comments in regards to timing of submission and Viva examinations for candidates who are offered an interview or a place.
Additional desirable criteria include a first class degree or PhD. Masters programmes with a clinical component which provides practical experience within a relevant clinical setting, supervised by a suitably qualified professional, will be considered to provide relevant clinical experience.
- Applicants must have relevant clinical experience, will be judged on the quality of their clinical experience and must also demonstrate at interview personal and professional qualities consistent with NHS values and standards.
Relevant clinical experience can be split across posts and may include voluntary work. Whilst no minimum length of experience is required, the quality of experience and the way in which applicants have applied this knowledge will be assessed as part of shortlisting. Short or limited experience is unlikely to give sufficient experience to be judged as representing high quality.
Relevant clinical experience can be gained before, during or after work for the psychology degree. This may be from a clinical setting, as a psychology assistant, a health care assistant or a support worker, and would give experience of working with people with psychological needs. Experience working alongside a clinical psychologist is particularly relevant.
We are particularly interested in appointing people with clinically relevant research experience, although this needs to be supplemented by some clinical experience.
- Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 6.5 in each test element - listening, reading, writing and speaking) or equivalent, at the time of application.
If this is not possible then these criteria must be met prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme.
Applicants who are not from a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved majority English speaking country and who have not completed their undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications in these, need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, even if they state English is their first language. Applicants from non-approved countries who have completed their qualifications in an UKVI approved country need to have completed them in the last three years but do not need to provide evidence of English Language speaking ability
- All applicants must demonstrate that they have a right to work in the UK or that they meet the requirements of the UKVI for working in the UK.
Applicants should check that they meet the criteria before making an application to the Programme. For visa applications, UK Visas and Immigration now only accept IELTS for English Language tests taken at acceptable test centres outside the UK (please contact the University PGR admissions for more information).
Supplementary Information Requirements
Applicants are required by the Programme to provide supplementary documents to support their applications if necessary (in addition to those documents sent to the Clearing House), for example:
- degree transcripts for any degrees completed over and above the degree giving GBC, e.g. Master’s degree or PhD
- undergraduate degree transcript if GBC comes from PG diploma or Masters conversion course to evidence degree award
- any degree completed prior to or following a conversion course
This is to verify minimum entry requirements are met, any degree classifications and to ensure the degree has been completed. An official translation into English must also be supplied if appropriate.
These documents should be submitted directly to the Programme.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all appropriate supporting evidence is always supplied. Applications without sufficient information will not be considered.
Applicants have until 28 January 2020 to provide copies of original documentation.
Conversion Courses – Home and Overseas Applicants
Applicants who have taken conversion courses that confer GBC are viewed as equivalent to applicants whose original degree confers GBC, though they still need to meet minimum entry criteria in terms of original degree classification. We have provided a flowchart to help you assess whether you meet this minimum entry requirement.
The Programme does not require a specific classification or mark for PG diploma or Masters conversion courses over and above a pass, though the minimum undergraduate entry criteria of 2.1 (or 2.2 with supporting research Masters) must still be met.
Applicants in this position are required to provide a transcript of both their original degree with an official translation into English if appropriate, as well as documentation evidencing the outcome of the conversion course.
Please send the transcript for your original degree if this does not confer GBC, and translation if appropriate, directly to the programme at the above address. Applications without sufficient information will not be considered as there will be no means to verify the minimum requirements stipulated. You will also need to include the transcript for the degree that confers GBC in your application to the Clearing House.
Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning
There is no provision in the UEA degree regulations for Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning. The Programme is full-time for 3 years and attendance at all programme components is mandatory over that time, including the induction period. The length of the Programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience: all trainees are required to complete the full programme of training in order to qualify.
Applicants must provide recent references from referees in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant’s experience.
Your Academic Referee may be from your undergraduate degree or conversion course, whichever gave you GBC. Your relevant experience reference should be as current as possible.
Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the variety of roles taken up by the clinical psychologist in the health service and of their personal suitability for this career. Our recruitment process is consistent with the values of the NHS Constitution and The 6Cs and as such we recruit applicants whose values and attitudes reflect these. Where an applicant is making a career change, including from other branches of psychology, or from other walks of life, it may strengthen their application if they provide information about the background and rationale for this.
Because of the amount of travel likely to be entailed during the course in this largely rural area, being able to drive and having access to a car are normally essential. Special arrangements apply for trainees with disabilities.
All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.
If you have any queries regarding the application process or entry requirements, please contact the PGR Admissions Assistant.
Information about the Job Description and Person Specification may be found in the Invited to Interview Section.
The University has an equal opportunities policy and is concerned to implement fair selection procedures. However, the University does not currently operate a guaranteed interview scheme for student applications (the “Double Tick” scheme). Enquiries about any aspect of entry, including support available for people with disabilities, should be addressed to the Admissions Enquiries administrator at the telephone or email address above. Appropriate accommodations are made at interview for those with a declared disability. Please inform us at the earliest opportunity if this is the case.
Selection Procedure –Shortlisting and Interview Process
Our selection process is under a continuous process of evaluation and review in light of feedback from applicants and the views of those involved in selection.
Please refer to our Clearing House entry for specific details.
Part of the selection process is completion of a short test of basic numeracy and literacy skills (GCSE level). The test is a part of the overall selection process and meeting the required pass mark is part of the final decision making process. The Programme is required to include this test by the commissioners for the Programme.
For 2019 entry, all applicants completed a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills on the day of the interview, as part of our entry process. Both parts of the test had to be passed in order for an offer of a place on the programme to be made. Please see our webpages for the most up-to-date information as we may make further changes to this process.
Each application is shortlisted independently by 2 people: a member of Programme staff and a clinical supervisor, against published shortlisting criteria. Applicants are ranked in order of total scores and interviews offered based on ranking.
Applicants who are not offered an interview are provided with information about the shortlisting criteria and a list of common reasons for an applicant not being offered an interview. These can be used to evaluate their own application. Unfortunately, due to the numbers of applications we receive, we are unable to offer individual feedback following shortlisting.
Applicants attend a two-part interview and, as above in previous years, must complete and pass a separate test of numeracy and literacy skills. Full details of how this will be administered for 2020 entry will be provided to those offered an interview.
There are two interviews, a clinical and an academic/research interview.
There are three people on the research interview panel, comprising programme staff and clinical supervisors. The clinical interview is conducted by programme staff, clinical supervisors and an Expert by Experience. Interviews are conducted using a standard set of questions and scenarios to aid consistency and applicants are scored against a person specification.
The person specification includes:
- demonstrating a good understanding of research design principles;
- the ability to develop a research proposal;
- the ability to demonstrate basic clinical skills;
- the ability to link theory and practice;
- the capacity to reflect on one’s own experience and to learn from it;
Applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding gained in their undergraduate psychology degree, and have a good working knowledge of clinical psychology in the NHS. Further details about the Programme and the interview process are sent to all those invited for interview. Existing trainees attend the interviews to meet candidates and to provide additional information and answer any questions.
As well as the criteria outlined above for both shortlisting and the interviews, applicants should note that consideration is also given to any Fitness to Practice issues that arise during the shortlisting or the interviews process in relation to entry on to the Programme. Please see the Clearing House information regarding this for more detail.
Place offers are made based on performance in all aspects of the section process including the numeracy and literacy tests. Applicants who fail to meet the required literacy and numeracy pass mark cannot be offered a place on the course.
The Programme also considers any Fitness to Practice issues that arise during the shortlisting or the interviews process in relation to entry on to the Programme.
Offers and Outstanding Qualifications
As part of the interview paperwork applicants will have an opportunity to express their preference for placement base location. Wherever possible account will be taken of preferences and any personal circumstances in the allocation; but UEA cannot guarantee that candidates will be offered their preferred choice.
It is strongly recommended that the trainee lives within the base allocated, as clinical placements are likely to involve considerable amounts of travel and trainees are expected to follow the normal working pattern followed at the placement. Living in the base location enables contact with and support from other trainees. Trainees are ordinarily expected to be able to drive and have access to a car.
Please note that the University will not usually allow you to enrol onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if you are currently enrolled on any other degree e.g. a PhD or Masters’ programme; this includes any outstanding requirements such as a viva examination or any associated corrections. If you have any incomplete assessment / reassessment or other criteria from another programme, it may not be possible for us to offer you a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or you may be required to provide proof that you have withdrawn from your incomplete programme.
Offer of an interview to those completing a PhD will be conditional upon submission of the PhD for viva by the time of interview in March. Any offers made to applicants currently studying for a PhD will ordinarily be conditional upon the applicant passing their viva with at most limited modifications (maximum of three months), before the acceptance deadline in early June. Applicants should take account of this early in their planning given delays in organising Vivas.
Offers made to applicants who have not provided academic transcripts and certificates will be conditional upon the provision of suitable evidence of completion. Applicants who are required to submit corrections following their Viva must have submitted all corrections no later than 1 September 2020. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any conditions attached to their offer are met as specified in the offer letter. It will not normally be possible for UEA to offer extensions to deadlines. We regret that offers for places on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology cannot be deferred beyond 1 October 2020.
Successful applicants will be notified by letter shortly after the interviews. Unsuccessful applicants from the interviews will also be notified at this time.
Admission to the ClinPsyD Programme is subject to satisfactory criminal record (enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service) and occupational health checks.
Candidates selected by the University will be offered employment by an appropriate NHS employer to facilitate their training.
Current NHS trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements. On entry to the Programme current NHS trainees commenced on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales. Please see the NHS Careers website for information on current salaries and conditions of service. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with NHS terms and conditions of service. Please review the current job description and person specification for more information.
We had 22 funded places in 2019 and anticipate up to 22 funded places for 2020. We normally interview up to 90 applicants.
Candidates for 2020 entry are recommended to check for funding updates on the Clearing House funding page.
For 2020 we will consider a small number of self-funded international applicants who can secure financial support from external sources throughout the duration of training on the Programme. Please see the Entry Requirements section above for further details.
INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
Model of Training
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. Clinical Psychologists interested in hosting an international UEA trainee can find further information in our International Supervisor Brochure.
For international students an induction programme will be organized in order that students are introduced to working in the UK healthcare sector and are provided with an introduction to the culture of the NHS in England.
All applicants to the UEA ClinPsyD Programme must meet our Essential Criteria.
As a minimum, applicants must meet the following Essential Criteria to progress to shortlisting:
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the BPS. We require confirmation of your GBC status or evidence that you have submitted your application for GBC from the British Psychological Society. This should be included in your application.
- At least an Upper Second Class (2.i) Honours degree or equivalent in psychology. We require a copy of your undergraduate degree academic transcript. If this is not in English we also require a certified English translation to accompany the copy of the transcript. This should be included in your application.
- Experience equivalent to at least one year of full-time work within a relevant clinical setting (including clinical research) at the point of making their application and preferably longer. This should be fully detailed on your application form.
- Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 7.0 in each test element - listening, reading, writing and speaking), or equivalent, at the time of application. Ideally this evidence should be available by the time the interview is to take place. Please note an unconditional offer and the Certificate for Acceptance of Study (CAS) can only be issued once all conditions contained within your offer have been met.
If you are offered a place on the programme you will need to indicate your intention to accept this offer as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sufficient time to successfully apply for and obtain a Tier 4 UK visa, if needed, in order to start your course and attend any course inductions.
The offer of a place on the UEA ClinPsyD Training Programme is subject to the applicant gaining a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. Failure to do so will lead to UEA withdrawing their sponsorship and you will be required to return to your native country. We will provide further information on DBS and occupational health clearance at the time an offer is made.
International Student Brochure
We are delighted that you are considering applying to the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Please read the International Student Brochure for more information about the UEA and the programme.
INVITED TO INTERVIEW
The interviews for international students will either take place at the UEA campus or via SKYPE. We will notify you of the options for interview and further arrangements for each option via email. We advise that candidates should arrange to Skype from their work or academic base if they elect to be interviewed in this way. If you elect to be interviewed by Skype we will need you to send us details of your Skype username and we will send you a contact request. We need candidates to provide us with details of their Skype username a minimum of seven days prior to the date of their interview.
There will be two interviews: one addressing academic and research topics and the other concerned with clinical issues. For both the Academic and Clinical interview there will be the same three people on the interview panel comprising members of Academic staff at UEA and Clinical Psychologists from the region.
All interviews are conducted using the same script; this helps with equal opportunities and is used to help interviewers rate each applicant in relation to a person specification.
Performance on all aspects of the selection process contributes to an offer of place on the Programme
We will aim to address any questions you may have about the programme at the end of the interviews.
The Interview Process
There will be two interviews one addressing Academic and Research topics and the other concerned with Clinical issues.
The first interview will focus on Academic matters. We expect this to last about 45 minutes. After the Academic Interview has finished there will be a break of about 20 minutes to prepare for the Clinical Interview. The Clinical Interview will also last for about 45 minutes.
We will provide candidates with the exact timings of the interviews on the day. Normal University adjustments for disability are offered to candidates who can provide evidence of this.
We may update this page with more information regarding the interview process closer to the time of the interviews. We recommend you review our webpages regularly to remain up-to-date.
The Academic Interview
The Academic interview is designed to assess your potential to study at Doctoral level on a Postgraduate Research Degree and will address academic and research areas.
For applicants interviewed in 2020, it is likely the Academic interview may include the following components:
- An assessment of your research abilities and skills based upon your clinical and research experience to date.
- An assessment of your critical appraisal skills based on a specific piece of research.
- An evaluation of your knowledge of research design, statistics and methodology.
At the end of the interview you will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the Academic and Research elements of the Programme. There will then be a short break before the Clinical Interview starts.
The Clinical Interview
The same interview panel will conduct the Clinical interview
For applicants interviewed in 2020, it is likely the clinical interview may include the following components:
- A brief clinical case example in which the client will be presenting with a common mental health problem. This will take place in the form of a role play where we will ask you to play the role of the therapist. We will provide you with additional information on the day of the interview. We will be assessing your ability to effectively to build rapport with the client and to gain information relevant to developing an initial formulation or case conceptualisation
- A clinical video based question. We will show you a brief excerpt of a video recording of a client presenting within a clinical session. We will ask you some questions around this to demonstrate clinical skills.
Recommended reading - LINKS TO BE FIXED
We ask all those invited to interview to familiarise themselves with the documents below which provide further details about the course.
Programme Handbook [PDF]
Programme Staff [PDF]
Staff Research Interests [PDF]
Clinical Experience [PDF]
BPS Formulation Guidance [PDF] - external link
Job Description [PDF]
Person Specification [PDF]
NHS Constitution [PDF]
The 6Cs [PDF]
Allocation of bases within the region - LINKS TO BE FIXED
We cover a large geographical area, and each successful applicant will be allocated a base. Applicants who are offered an interview are asked to indicate which locations would be difficult and give reasons e.g. child care etc., but we cannot guarantee that successful applicants will receive their preferred base. The preferences expressed do not affect any aspect of the selection process.
Please note that the bases are a 50km radius surrounding the named central point, not a specific location. Further information about bases and a map of the region can be found within the Bases document and the areas that the bases cover are illustrated in the Base Areas document. Please review these documents carefully and consider them when making your indication of preference.
Forms to Complete
Forms to complete - LINKS to be fixed
Please complete the below forms and return them at the points in the process that have been indicated.
Criminal Record Form [Word] - return prior to interview
References Form [Word] - return prior to interview
Base Preference Form [Word] - either bring with you to the interview or email on the day of the interview
Interview Feedback Form [Word] - return after the interview (either on the day or send in after)
Anonymous Feedback from Trainees
“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."
Anonymous Feedback from Supervisors about Trainees
"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.”