Placement availability and selection

All services within the northwest that we know have all the relevant requirements to provide successful practice placements for trainees are contacted approximately four months prior to the beginning of the placements to enquire about the availability of placements. This is sometimes done in partnership with one of the other DClinPsy programmes in the northwest who are looking for the same placements during the same six month period. Once offers have been received the programme checks out the suitability of each placement for trainees.

Suitability checking is completed according to the following criteria (the relevant HCPC standards of education and training will be referenced by number after each of the below).

  • Does the placement have the potential to meet the learning needs of the trainees at the specific point in their training (e.g. are there enough appropriately qualified staff available in a small service to supervise and support the trainee, or does a third year placement have access to work suitable to address any gaps remaining in the trainee's learning?) (SET 5.2; 5.6; 5.7)?
  • Will the placement provide a safe and supportive environment for the trainees (SET 5.3)?
  • Is the placement situated in a service which has all the necessary governance and assurance frameworks in place to ensure the safety and promote the wellbeing of clients and trainees, including appropriate policies and procedures around equality and diversity in relation to trainees (SET 5.5)?
  • Are the prospective supervisors appropriately registered (SET 5.9)?
  • Have they undertaken appropriate training as supervisors (SET 5.8)?

HCPC Standards of education and training