Our vision, strengths and support Our vision, strengths and support

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme lasts for three calendar years and leads to the qualification Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD). Trainees are based in various NHS Trusts throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and they normally undertake most of their placements in their base or at a nearby one. Teaching takes place mainly at UEA in Norwich on one day a week, although there are also two four-week and two two-week residential teaching blocks during the course.

Goals of Training at UEA

At the end of training, UEA 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. 

Philosophy of the Programme

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 Main 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 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,  Systemic Therapy and Neuropsychology;

  8. innovative placement opportunities including overseas placements;

Support for Trainees

We appreciate that working and training as a clinical psychologist may be challenging at times.  We aim to help trainees cope with these demands by providing a range of support structures and by developing their skills of self-reflection and self-awareness through the teaching programme and experiences on placement.

Normally we expect trainees to seek support from Programme staff, their peers and supervisors.  We provide a range of support systems reflecting the different needs of trainees.  We have a "buddy" system where each new trainee is supported by a trainee in the year above.  In addition each trainee is allocated to a UEA advisor who is responsible for supporting them and monitoring their work throughout the three years.  They have regular meetings with the trainees including advisor and appraisal meetings and typically mid-placement reviews.  There is also a network of personal support tutors throughout the region to whom trainees are allocated.  Trainees are encouraged to attend a personal and professional development group in each year of the Programme.

Further information about our Academic Teaching Programme, our Clinical Placements, our Research Programme for Trainee Clinical Psychologists, and Assessments can be found by clicking the links in the menu to the left.