Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, and a minimum of one year of relevant experience. Candidates with a lower second class degree may be considered if they also have a Masters degree.

Applicants should have previous supervised practical experience relevant to clinical training which demonstrates that they have the personal and intellectual ability, including writing skills, to pursue a challenging and demanding postgraduate training course.

Postgraduate research experience can be an advantage, and the capacity to be critical and analytical, to work in a self-motivated independent way, and to set personal priorities is essential. Innovative and entrepreneurial potential is also highly desirable. Candidates should have a long-standing interest in clinical psychology and a strong understanding and commitment to the positive and unique contribution psychologists can make to the NHS.

Excellent interpersonal skills at a level appropriate for dealing with people in distress and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines are expected. Candidates should note that with the Clearing House application the Relevant Experience Reference must be from your current employer.

The programme covers a large geographical area and teaching is provided at both the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham. A current driving licence or other means of being independently mobile is essential. Trainees should expect to travel for at least two and a half hours per day (between both universities and from base to placement).

Trainees whose first language is not English will be required to have a recognised English language qualification achieved no more than two years prior to admission:

- A British Council IELTS overall minimum score of 7.5 with no element below 7.0, achieved no more than two years prior to admission.- Pearson Test of English Academic: 73 (minimum 67).- Centre for English Language Education pre-sessional course final assessment of Pass with High Distinction.

The selection procedure operates within the equal opportunities policies of the two universities and the NHS partners, and no applicant will be discriminated against on grounds of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Groups currently under-represented in clinical psychology are encouraged to apply, including individuals from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions, and successful candidates will be employed by one of the three partner trusts. All applicants are subject to the same selection process and criteria regardless of which NHS Trust employs them.

Entry to the programme is through the Clearing House application and subsequent selection procedure. All trainees must undertake the full programme. APL or APEL does not apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The DClinPsy Psychology at Lincoln is referred to as the Trent Programme, a multi-agency collaboration between Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham.

The programme is designed to train students from diverse backgrounds to become resourceful clinicians capable of drawing on a broad range of psychological models and theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to inform their practice as Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered clinical psychologists. Upon successful completion, the programme leads to the award of a DClinPsy doctoral degree.

The programme aims to develop the strengths of both scientist-practitioner and reflective-practitioner stances; skills in a variety of assessment, formulation, and intervention techniques; confidence in using research methods to answer clinical questions; organisational and service evaluation skills; and awareness of priority groups within the NHS. Students can develop the confidence required to perform as highly effective individual clinicians, and in the leadership and consultancy roles expected of the clinical psychologists of the future.

Applicants can apply at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/start.html

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DClinPsy
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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