The Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology in the School of Medicine offers the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as a professional training course in clinical psychology.
This course is run in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and in partnership with the clinical psychology services of three local NHS Trusts – Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
The programme leads to the award of a DClinPsy doctoral degree. The purpose of the course is to train people to become skilled, clinical psychologists, eligible to be registered with the HCPC and chartered by the BPS, who are able to work effectively within the NHS and equivalent organisations.
Graduates from the course will be confident in using research methods to answer clinical questions, have organisational and service evaluation skills and be aware of priority groups within the NHS.
- all trainees must pass all components of the programme. There is no provision for the accreditation of prior learning (APL or APEL).
- due to NHS funding arrangements, the programme is not in a position to offer places to non-EU applicants without a work permit.
- any offer of a place on the programme is contingent on satisfactory health and criminal records checks.
See the Clearing House website for the Trent Programme for a fuller description of the programme.
- This training programme is run in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and in partnership with the clinical psychology services of three local NHS Trusts in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire
- It is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Successful completion of the programme confers eligibility for HCPC registration and for Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS
- Teaching within the division is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world
A degree in Psychology conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS. For additional requirements see the general information about entry requirements on the Clearing House website, along with programme-specific information about entry requirements for the Trent Programme on the Trent Course Centre page of the Clearing House website.
The DClinPsy programme is competency based and conforms to the Standards for Education and Training of the Health & Care Professions Council and the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society. It has three main components: University-based academic teaching, service based practice learning, and clinically relevant research.
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over three years.
University based teaching takes place over two semesters: the first (September to January) is based at the University of Lincoln (with some exceptions in the first year), the second (February to June) is based at the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine.
Practice learning takes place throughout the year and is based at placements in services in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Research is conducted throughout the programme leading to the completion of a doctoral thesis at the end of the second year including a service related research project.
Successful applicants will have all their tuition fees paid by Health Education East Midlands, the Local Education Training Board (LETB).
All places on the programme are funded through Health Education East Midalnds, the Local Education Training Board (LETB). Successful applicants are offered a time limited contract of employment at AfC Band 6 with one of three NHS Trusts: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust or Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust. No other funding arrangements are acceptable and there are no self-funded places on the programme.
Due to NHS funding arrangements, the programme is not in a position to offer places to non-EU applicants, and therefore funding is not available.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology NHS funding
A number of NHS funded places are available for trainee clinical psychologists on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Further information is available from the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology or by emailing the course administrator.
The purpose of the course is to train people to become skilled, clinical psychologists, eligible to be registered with the HPC and chartered by the BPS, who are able to work effectively within the NHS. Clinical Psychology is one of the healthcare professions where, traditionally, demand has exceeded supply, providing excellent employment prospects both within the NHS and other public sector agencies.
Employability and average starting salary
Many of our graduates will have secured employment before they qualify. Every successful past trainee who wanted employment has found a job within weeks of qualifying; the great majority in the NHS, some with third sector or independent providers.
Qualified Clinical Psychologists are eligible for NHS employment at AfC Band 7 (currently £ 30,764 – 40,558); some graduates from our programme have commenced employment at AfC band 8a (starting salary £ 39,239).