Programme Philosophy 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 & 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 Our Strengths

  1. 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.
  2. Clearly defined programmes of clinically relevant research within the department and school which trainees are encouraged to join and contribute to.
  3. 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.
  4. An emphasis on evidence-based practice with development of the specific skills necessary to maintain this throughout one's career.
  5. An emphasis on clinically relevant research both to inform practice and to develop the knowledge base of the profession - we provide good systems to support trainees to carry out high quality research.
  6. A stimulating and supportive multi-disciplinary environment.
  7. An emphasis in teaching and assessment on case formulation in CBT and Systemic Therapies.
  8. The opportunity for focused training in a specific therapy in the third year.