The Selection Event

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Candidates will be notified of the outcome of screening around mid-March. All those moving on to the next stage of the selection process, including those declaring a disability and reaching our minimum standard, will be invited to our selection event at Lancaster University between the following dates.

Selection event dates:     Tuesday 21st - Thursday 23rd May 2019


The selection event offers an opportunity to demonstrate competence in: -

  • Oral communication skills
  • Self awareness and openness to learning
  • Personal maturity
  • Warmth and empathy
  • Resilience
  • Professional skills
  • Motivation and application
  • Contextual awareness
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Commitment to fairness and inclusivity
These competencies were established as important to success as a trainee clinical psychologist by a job analysis exercise in 2011. Ratings of all the competencies above will contribute equally to the candidate's score. Please note that candidates do not need to have clinical examples to evidence competencies - they can be shown through a wide variety of life experiences which will be equally valued by selection panels. The person specification may also be helpful to applicants.

Arriving for your interview

The time slot for your interview is fixed and cannot be rearranged (unless you have specific support arrangements). On arrival you will have an opportunity to meet informally with one or two of our current trainees and colleagues from the Learning Together Group. Current trainees will be available throughout the day, providing an opportunity for questions, informal de-briefing and support.

Interview panels

Your interview and related tasks will last up to 90 minutes. The panel members will comprise representatives from the following groups: -

  • Member(s) of the programme staff team
  • Local clinical psychologist(s)
  • Local service user(s)
  • A member of the Learning Together Group, a social enterprise which builds awareness of disability and equality
  • Current trainee(s)

Activities during the panel meeting

There will be 4 activities with your panel as follows: -

  • A 25 minute interview. The panel will collect evidence relevant to the competencies listed above by asking questions beginning 'can you tell us about a time when you...?' The panel will not have read your application form so do not assume they have prior knowledge of your experiences.
  • A 15 minute video discussion task. A short video of a group of people struggling with a common issue is shown during the meeting. The issue may have some personal relevance for you. The panel will then ask you questions about your understanding of what is happening between the people in the clip. Selectors will not rate your clinical skills or theoretical knowledge but are listening for your human reaction to the interpersonal issue.
  • A 5 minute role play. A member of the panel will join you for a role play of a challenging social situation. This is not an assessment of your clinical skill but of your social skills. A short description of the situation to be role played will be provided when you arrive so please allow yourself time to read and digest it before the meeting.
  • A 10 minute 'Tower Task'. This involves building a tower from everyday materials (e.g. A4 paper, sellotape) with a member of the panel and working out how many items were used in its construction.
Your panel may be audio recorded for the purposes of internal quality assurance.

Examples of activities

Example video discussion task

Example video discussion task

Example role play

Example role play

Second General Mental Ability test

Following the interview days, we ask that candidates who accept a place on the programme return to the university to complete the screening tests under supervised conditions. All offers are conditional on achieving satisfactory scores in the supervised tests.

Support for individuals with a disability

If you have specific support, ICT or access requirements please contact the programme office urgently on 01524 592970, if you have not already done so, in order for us to make any necessary arrangements.

Interview feedback

Feedback on your performance will be available at a later date. You will be given details of how to gain feedback on the day of your interview. Please do not telephone the programme office for this information.

Referees and references

Successful applicants are required to provide the programme with satisfactory references after a provisional offer is made. These must cover the previous 3 consecutive years of employment or training.

  • Reference requests will only be sent to your named referees in the event that you accept a place on the programme
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to chase the return of references

DBS check

In order that the employing trust is able to acquire a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) for those applicants offered places on the programme, it is essential that you bring with you as many of the following forms of identification as possible (the more information that is supplied, the quicker the information can be processed by the DBS office. Only originals can be used). Please bring the completed form with you to interview, along with at least: -

ROUTE 1: One form of identification from Group 1 and two further documents from Group 1, 2a or 2b
ROUTE 2: One document from Group 2a and two further documents from Group 2a or 2b.

Non-EEA nationals MUST use route 1. Please note that all documents must be in your current name. At least one document must show details of your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth.

Group 1 - Primary identify documents

  • Current valid passport (All countries)
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK only)
  • Current Driving Licence (UK, Isle of man, Channel Islands and EU)
  • Birth Certificate issued at time of birth; Full or short form acceptable including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
Due to the change in procedures we are now only authorised to check British passports. If you will be bringing a non-British passport as evidence of your identity please let us know ASAP so we can make alternative arrangements.

Group 2a - Trusted Government/State Issued Documents

  • Current Driving licence; a photo card is only valid if the individual presents it with the associated counterpart licence (All countries)
  • Birth Certificate - issued after time of birth (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • HM Forces ID Card (UK only)
  • Fire Arms Licence (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)

Group 2b - Financial/Social History Documents

  • Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA)**
  • Bank / Building Society Statement (UK, Channel Islands or EEA)*
  • Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA)*
  • Financial Statement - e.g. pension or endowment (UK)**
  • P45/P60 Statement (UK and Channel lslands)**
  • Council Tax Statement (UK and Channel Islands)**
  • Work Permit / Visa (UK Residence Permit)**
  • Utility Bill * - Not Mobile Telephone (UK only)
  • Benefit Statement* - e.g. Child Allowance, Pension (UK)
  • A document from Central / Local Government / Government Agency / Local Authority giving entitlement* e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, Customs and Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security (UK and Channel Islands)
  • EU National ID Card
  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands)
* it should be less than three months old
** it should be issued within the past 12 months

NB: All documents will be returned to you on the day

Applicants who are offered a place on the programme will be required to complete an online DBS form and provide payment of £50 to the employing trust. Failure to begin the DBS process and provide payment within four weeks of acceptance of a place will result in the offer being withdrawn and the place being given to someone else. For those applicants who are not offered a place on the programme, all information gained for DBS clearance will be destroyed. If you have any queries regarding the DBS check please contact the programme office.

DBS process for transgender applicants

The DBS offers a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person/organisation requesting a DBS check.

For more information about the transgender process email before completing the DBS application form.

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