Our aim in training is to strike a balance between the interests of the individual trainee, formal professional training requirements, academic requirements appropriate for a doctoral level qualification, and the broader and developing needs of a clinical psychologist within the National Health Service.
The formal academic programme is organised on the basis of (at least) one full day teaching per week. In addition, trainees normally receive one full day per week for study and research time.There are nine curriculum strands which run through the three years of the programme: theory to practice, transferable clinician skills, personal development and reflection, physical and cognitive development across the lifespan, critical and community psychology, research, professional issues, assessment and quality assurance.
Clinical placements are undertaken throughout the three years. Normally, all trainees undertake the same sequence of placements at the same time. It is anticipated that clinical training will start with a placement working with children and families, followed by work with adults, then older adults, and finally people with learning disabilities.
Each of the four placements lasts six months. In the third year, trainees undertake a longer placement of eight to nine months' duration. Course staff visit each supervisor and trainee during placements to discuss progress.
Over the course of the three years trainees submit the following:
- two professional issues assignments
- two placement presentation and report
- one critical review
Trainees are required to submit a service-related project and a thesis. The thesis is undertaken throughout the second and third year of training and comprises:
- An ethics committee research proposal
- A literature review, written in academic journal format
- A research paper describing the study, written in academic journal format
- A critical appraisal of the research project
Development and Support
The course uses a number of complementary support systems to facilitate trainees' personal and professional development. In addition to supervision while on placement (including visits from clinical tutors) and informal peer support, there are bi-annual trainee progree reviews held with each trainee's research and clinical tutors.
The review process provides an opportunity to discuss progress and your individual training needs. The support scheme also offers continuity of contact with two members of the course team over the three years of training. All trainees are invited to take advantage of a mentor system, in which all mentors are local clinical psychologists. there is also the opportunity to access a limited number of cognitive analytical developlement sessions.
Duration: 36 months full-time.
Application Procedure: Via the national clearing house (www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp).
Entry Requirements: First degree in Psychology, or an equivalent qualification which confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (at time of application). Applicants must do well in written test assignments before being invited to interview (see website).
IELTS: 7.0 (or a ToEFL Score of 93) or equivalent.
Assessment: Placement, presentations and reports, essays and critical reviews, service-related project, thesis, and clinical competence.
Financial Support: Participants are employed as trainee clinical psychologists on a three-year training contract with the Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust (conditions of service apply). Placements may involve extensive travelling as a result of the location or the nature of services provided; assistance with travel and subsistence expenses is provided.
- Clinical Psychology : DClinPsy
- Health Research : MPhil/PhD
- Health and Well-Being : MRes
- Mental Health : PhD
- Organisational Health and Well Being : PhD
- Palliative Care : PhD
- Professional Practice via Negotiated Work Based Learning : PGDip
- Professional Practice via Negotiated Work Based learning : MA/MSc
- Public Health : PhD