Tab Content: Criminal convictions and GDPR
Applicants should note that all Clinical Psychology trainees are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as a condition of a place on the course. This is a requirement of registering applicants with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC – Privacy Notice available here). Applicants selected for interview are asked to complete a self-declaration form that details any relevant convictions and/or pending convictions. Applicants who fail to disclose relevant criminal convictions or pending convictions that later become known as part of their enhanced DBS check may be excluded from the course. Please note that spent convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands that would not normally appear on your record may be disclosed through an enhanced DBS check.
Applicants that contact the department before the interview stage to disclose criminal convictions will be treated in the same manner as those that disclose using the self-declaration form.
Lancaster University will only have access to an applicant’s self-declaration form. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust receives the results of the enhanced DBS check and these are not made available to any staff at the University. The course will retain the reference number and date of completion of the DBS check for use in the provision of placements during the programme. For more information about how Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust uses and secures personal data, please refer to their Privacy Notice. For information about how criminal convictions can affect your application for study, please refer to the self-declaration form or contact Katherine Thackeray, Programme Administrator.
The information applicants provide via the self-declaration form is collected in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. Received self-declaration forms will be scanned electronically with the paper copies being destroyed in a confidential manner. The application cycle for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology begins in May and ends by 1st September the same year. All self-declaration forms are securely deleted from University systems on, or before, the 1st September in the year of application.
Information will be stored securely within the University systems and will only be accessed by appropriate University staff. To learn more about how Lancaster University ensures the security of personal information please refer to the University's Information Security Policy.
GDPR grants individuals certain rights in relation to their own personal data. For more information on these rights, please refer to the Rights of the Data Subject page on the University website.
For more information about how the University uses student and applicant data, please visit the Student Privacy Notice on the University’s website.
Students also have a responsibility to inform the University if they receive a criminal conviction during the course of their studies on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Students who wish to disclose a criminal conviction ‘in-year’ should contact Katherine Thackeray, Programme Administrator.
Tab Content: DBS check required documents
In order that the programme 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. All documents must be valid, current and original. Documents downloaded from the internet or photocopies will not be accepted.
A minimum of 3 documents are required, 1 from essential documents and 2 others from either essential documents or supporting documents.
Essential Documents (If you possess any of these documents you must provide at least one of them for verification purposes)
- UK Passport
- EEA/other nationality passport
- Biometric Residence Permit/Permanent Residence Card issued by Home Office
- Passport endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration (ILR - indefinite stay, no time limit)
- UK Full or provisional photo-card driving licence
- Birth Certificate/ Adoption Certificate
Supporting Documents (In support of the Essential documents above, you must provide at least 2 of the following documents)
- Utility Bill (not mobile phone bill)*
- Financial Statement (bank/building society or credit card statement)*
- Credit Union Statement*
- Local Council Rent Card or tenancy agreement*
- Document from Central/Local Government Agency/Local Authority – i.e. DWP,HMRC, Job Centre*
- Local Authority Tax Statement (i.e. Council Tax)**
- Most recent HMRC Tax notification (tax assessment, statement, P45 or P60)**
- Mortgage Statement (UK & EEA only)**
- Benefit Statement, book, card or letter from DWP confirming benefits**
- Confirmation from electoral register search**
* less than 3 months old
** 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 £46 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 email@example.com before completing the DBS application form.
Tab Content: 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
- These are factual employment references which are usually completed by HR departments. They are not looking for opinions on applicants suitability for the position.
More information on these can be found in our NHS references section.