Our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has a strong local identity given its partnership with Essex-based NHS trusts, as well as a special link with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. Essex- and Tavistock-based clinical psychologists make a significant contribution to the teaching, research, placement and other operational activities of the programme.
At this time, we are only able to accept applications for those wishing to be an NHS-funded trainee (Home/EU fee status applicants only).
Before you apply, make sure you read our hints and tips below to ensure you give yourself the best chance of being successful.
Please note that the closing date for applications for 2022 entry was 17 November 2021. The details below are for the autumn 2022 entry, and will be updated in September 2022 for 2023 entry.
A number of NHS-funded training places are commissioned each year and in 2021, we were delighted to receive 31 NHS funded places. It is not currently known how many funded places will be available for 2022 entry.
Current NHS-funded trainees:
are full-time NHS employees on a fixed term three-year contract, paid on Band 6 of the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. Please see the Trainee Clinical Psychologist job description.
have standard NHS holiday allowances and other benefits as detailed in the AfC Handbook, and their University fees are currently paid directly by the NHS.
can claim for travel expenses incurred travelling to placement from either their home or their base (University of Essex) whichever is the shorter journey. Journeys are currently reimbursed by national mileage rules at the Agenda for Change Standard rate, which vary according to the type of vehicle used, or at the cost of public transport.
The University and North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (NEP; the employing NHS Trust) offer equal opportunities with regard to age, race, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Selection processes conform to the principles associated with the Disability Confident Employer scheme and we endeavour to interview all applicants under this scheme who demonstrate essential criteria (as per the person specification) at short listing.
Applications for NHS-funded places must be through the designated Clearing House. Please note you must have home fee status.
Please note that we have closed to self-funded applicants for 2022 entry.
We invite self-funding International and Home/EU applicants to apply for self-funded places. You need to meet the same entry criteria detailed above and will undergo the same rigorous selection procedures as applicants to NHS-funded places to ensure that the standards of excellence for which our clinical psychology trainees are renowned.
In order to apply for self-funded training places, you may either have Overseas fee status or be eligible for Home/EU-based tuition fees.
Applications for self-funded places must be through the designated Clearing House.