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. 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 research 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 the final year of the Programme by undertaking specialist clinical placements and completing their research internationally. The UEA ClinPsyD Programme staff will provide oversight of the governance of placements and research supervision during year three of the Programme. If a trainee elects to follow the international option for the final year of training, teaching in year three will be delivered via a variety of modalities, including video-conferencing), recorded video-seminars, and using online methods (the Blackboard virtual learning environment). Some practice elements of the academic curriculum may be delivered locally.
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.