This website contains extensive information about the structure of the programme including teaching, research and assessment. Please explore and have a look around. Our programme handbook is online and open to all to look at. You can also read about the programme in the BPS alternative handbook. The selection process is reviewed each year and improvements are made based on our experience, evidence of good practice in selection, and participant feedback.
All applications to the programme must be made through the Clearing House. It is expected that 24 trainees will be appointed to the 2015 intake.
Candidates must, at the time of application, be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. Only those candidates who are eligible for GBC will be considered. If you are an Open University graduate and are awaiting confirmation of your GBC status at the time of application, please contact Dr Anna Daiches to discuss this further.
In line with our agenda of inclusivity, the programme does not have specific requirements for applicant's degree classification or work experience. These are NOT used to assess your application to the programme, nor provided to interview panel members. The programme does not use the information applicants provide on Clearing House application forms except to check GBC status and obtain contact details. Please see the shortlisting procedure and selection procedure sections below for more information.
The programme does not consider the AP(E)L credit system or accept self-funded applicants.
Applicants from outside the European Union must meet the same eligibility requirements as those specified on the NHS Bursary Scheme website (see FAQ item 3 "Am I eligible for an NHS bursary?" Personal Eligibility section for details of the residence criteria). A bursary is not actually required, as trainees are funded by being employed, but the employing NHS Trust uses the same residence criteria for Trainee Clinical Psychologist posts as it does for bursaries. Therefore candidates who have been successful during the selection process but who do not meet the residence criteria cannot be offered employment as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist by the Lancaster DClinPsy Programme. Candidates should check that they meet the criteria before making a clinical psychology application. The Lancaster DClinPsy programme does not accept self-funded applicants.
The English Proficiency requirements for the programme is IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) from the British Council and the University of Cambridge 7.0 minimum.
All candidates with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and the minimum English language requirement will be invited to take part in our screening procedure. In 2015, our screening process will be an online general mental ability (GMA) test. This approach is widely used, for example by other healthcare professions with graduate entry training programmes, as it is a strong predictor of performance in complex or intellectually challenging jobs. The GMA test will have verbal and numerical reasoning elements.
Candidates will be invited to take the online GMA test at a time convenient to them within a given period during February, 2015. Unfortunately it is not possible to reschedule the screening test due to any individual circumstances. However, the window to complete the test online will be at least one week long. Each test (numerical and verbal reasoning) will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Dates will appear here as soon as they are confirmed. Although candidates receive very general automated feedback on their performance after taking the online test, this feedback cannot indicate whether the score will be high enough to progress to the next stage of the selection process. Achieving a threshold score during screening is a minimum entry requirement. The score will be published here as soon as it is available. Those with the top 72 scores will be invited to a selection event at Lancaster University in May, 2015. Please note that short form retesting of candidates is available to the programme at the selections event to verify scores if required.
Those who declare a disability and who reach the threshold score will be invited to the selection event even if their scores are not in the top 72. If you are an applicant with a disability, please contact Programme Administrator Katherine Thackeray as soon as possible who will advise you on the support we offer throughout the application process: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01524 592970.
Candidates will be notified of the outcome of screening around mid-March 2015. All those moving on to the next stage of the selection process, including those declaring a disability and reaching a minimum standard, as described above, will be invited to a selection event at Lancaster University in May, 2015.
At the selection event, candidates will:
All trainees are employed by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust as trainee clinical psychologists on a three-year training contract on Band 6, starting on a salary of £25,783 (figures accurate in October, 2014). NHS Trust conditions of service apply. Placements may involve extensive travelling either as a result of the location of a practice placement or the nature of services provided (eg community-based services in rural areas). Likely weekly travel costs are up to £26 per week. The programme provides assistance with travel expenses. Applicants should note that Lancaster University is the formal programme base; trainees are not funded to travel to base, nor to placement or research locations that are a lesser distance than home to base. University fees are funded by NHS North West. The programme does not accept candidates on a personal self-funding basis.
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