The relationship between the University and the NHS
All staff are employed to work on the clinical psychology programme based at Lancaster University. However, some are employed directly by the university, and some are employed by the NHS (Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT)). Irrespective of employer, NHS or University, all programme staff have a base at Lancaster University.
Trainees are employed by the NHS (band 6) and are designated trainee clinical psychologists who have full time contracts for a three-year fixed term period, with the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Trainees are line managed by the Clinical Director. However, at the same time, they are full time postgraduate doctoral students of Lancaster University. The money for the training, including staff and trainees' salaries, comes from a purchaser of training, in this case Health Education England. It is this NHS body that ensures the University has sufficient money to provide training. The formal training contract is currently held between the Health Education England and the University.