Clinical experience starts in November of year one and extends over the three years of the programme. Trainees normally undertake four placements in the first two years of the programme and will complete a report of clinical activity for each of these placements. In the third year, trainees' individual learning needs dictate the length of placements, and it is possible to have between one and three placements. The placements are provided over a large geographical area (Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, North Powys, Flintshire and Wrexham) and cover post-industrial towns and cities as well as rural communities. Placements currently available include: adult mental health, including enduring mental health problems and working in in-patient settings, older adults, including working in in-patient settings, children and adolescent services, adult and child intellectual disabilities, forensic services, adult and child brain –injury services, eating disorders, clinical health psychology including oncology, palliative care, renal care, pain management, diabetes, chronic fatigue services and paediatric services. In addition, trainees can gain further clinical experience in particular therapeutic approaches, such as dialectical behaviour therapy, CBT for psychosis, acceptance and commitment therapy and schema therapy. Each placement is evaluated by the clinical supervisor, assessing a full range of clinical and professional competencies.
It is expected that clinical placements will be undertaken within the North Wales area, which extends from Wrexham to Pwllheli, Holyhead to Newtown and Dolgellau.
Placement agreements are negotiated at the beginning of each placement by the supervisor and trainee in conjunction with programme staff. These agreements are reviewed mid-way through the placement. Trainees provide feedback on all placements as part of our endeavour to ensure that the high quality of clinical experience is maintained and improved.
Welsh speaking trainees are offered the possibility of having placements where they can work using the Welsh language in their clinical practice and where possible with their supervisor. Funding is available for Welsh language courses for those wishing to learn Welsh or those who would like to have a refresher to increase confidence. Welsh speaking trainees have the option of completing their assignments through the medium of Welsh. The programme organises translation services.