Selection Procedure

During the selection process, we will contact you by e-mail only, so please check your e-mails, as well as e-mails that may have gone into your spam folder and update us with any changes in your contact details.

Local NHS Clinical Psychologists, People Panel members and programme staff are involved in all aspects of the selection process, applying the criteria as set out under Entry Requirements. If you have not been shortlisted for interview, we recommend you check your details against our selection criteria.

The interviews for 2022 are scheduled to take place 21–25 March, and will be held on line. You will also be invited to complete a written task the week before. If you are invited to attend for interview, you will also be invited to join us for an evening event (usually the night before your interview), where you have the chance to speak to current trainees and hear a bit more about the training programme. The interview panel members will not attend this event.

Usually, we interview three times the number of funded training places. The interview panels usually comprise of local Clinical Psychologists, People Panel members and programme team members, and involves the assessment of clinical, academic, research and reflective skills as well as suitability for clinical training. Throughout the interview process you will be supported by programme staff, who do their utmost to put you at your ease.

All candidates will be contacted as soon as the interview panels have made their decision. You will also be offered a time to call for further feedback. If you are invited for interview, we will ask you to provide evidence of your identity or status, for example, providing your passport, photocard driving licence, etc. You will also need to verify your qualification by, for example, providing original certificate and other relevant documents.

Once you have been offered a place, the Programme will assess Fitness to Practise through screening procedures. The offer of a training place is subject to satisfactory checks with local Occupational Health Services and with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If the DBS disclosure check confirms the presence of convictions, the Head of the Clinical Psychology Service and the Programme Director will assess if the candidate can be accepted onto the programme. In the case of an unsatisfactory occupational health check, the offer might be withdrawn if no reasonable adjustments can be made to enable the candidate to undertake the training.

We send new trainees an information pack regarding the programme and the local area before you commence training in October.