Salomons - Canterbury Christ Church University

Course Code: 23

Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology
Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Canterbury Christ Church University
1 Meadow Road
TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Kent
TN1 2YG

01227 927075

Programme Director: Margie Callanan
Admissions Tutor: Linda Hammond
Selection Administrator: Sophie Pattemore

Introduction

Programme Philosophy

The team at Salomons Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), aims to train clinical psychologists to work in Health and Social Care settings in a way which ensures that they make a real difference to services. The three-year full-time taught Doctoral Programme seeks to integrate clinical, academic and research aspects of training to promote the highest quality of professional practice. The Programme fulfils the standards of education and training required by the UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and successful completion of the Programme ensures that trainees are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist. Additionally, the Programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); trainees are eligible to apply for Chartered membership of the Society upon successful completion.

The model adopted within Salomons conceptualises the clinical psychologist as a critical, reflective, scientist practitioner. This means training clinical psychologists who are both able to use the best available knowledge and skills, whilst also being able to reflect on and critically evaluate their own, the profession's and wider society's influence on services and practice. Such values are fully reflected by the staff team at Salomons, who are continuously developing the programme to take account of recent advances in Health and Social Care, Clinical Psychology and Education, in order to ensure that the Programme remains cutting edge, and responsive to NHS and service user needs. In line with these core values, service users and carers are fully involved in all aspects of the running and delivery of the programme, including teaching, assessment of submissions, programme management, selection, and research.

The Programme places significant importance on the value of exposing trainees to a diversity of therapeutic models. To this end, in response to recent BPS accreditation criteria set out for doctoral programmes in Clinical Psychology, the staff team took the decision not to seek to offer specialisation in any one particular therapeutic modality within the programme, but to ensure that you receive the opportunity for a breadth of experience in order to understand the theoretical and research underpinnings, and the practical application, of several mainstream psychological models (life-span developmental, cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, systemic and community).

In addition, the Programme gives high priority to providing trainees with frameworks to help them work in multi-cultural communities and to develop culturally sensitive ways of delivering psychological services. We seek to recruit trainees who reflect the wide range of diversity represented by service users. We especially want to encourage trainees from culturally, and economically disadvantaged and diverse groups, from all social classes, and those with disabilities. We believe that the Programme, the profession and services are strengthened by ensuring cultural, social and other kinds of diversity within the workforce.

Priority is also given to enabling trainees to work in multi-professional/agency contexts so that they learn to be able to work collaboratively and effectively within services. Teamwork is essential to the configuration of services within what is now a very rapidly changing NHS context. In line with the new opportunities and challenges created by these changes, we train clinical psychologists who are not only skilled in working within teams, but who will also develop the capabilities to consult to, and lead teams, as well as to take up supervisory, management and organisational roles within the changing environment of the NHS.

The Programme is strongly committed to Equal Opportunities and actively welcomes applicants from all groups and ages. It is Programme policy that no applicant will be discriminated against on grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Further, values-based practice, as depicted within the NHS Constitution, is embedded in every aspect of delivery of the programme - from selection and all stages of recruitment, through academic, clinical and research practice. The active commitment to its core values is fundamental to the ethos of the Salomons programme.

General Background

The doctoral programme sits within the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, which in turn forms part of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences of Canterbury Christ Church University. In addition to providing training programmes, the Centre is involved in Practice Consultancy, Research, and Continuing Professional Development programmes, with a strong emphasis on the practice-based application of psychological principles to health and social care. It also runs a portfolio of other postgraduate mental health trainings, including Masters and Doctoral degrees, and CBT High Intensity Programmes for IAPT. Details of all these activities can be found on our website.

In the summer of 2017, the Centre is moving to fully re-furbished premises in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, very close to the shops, cafes and other amenities of this historic Kent town. There are excellent transport links, the Centre being close to both bus services and the mainline train station. There are frequent fast trains to London with a journey time of less than one hour.

The doctoral programme was last subject to HCPC, BPS and University formal scrutiny in March 2011. At this event it received full approval and accreditation with several commendations; notably for the design of the new programme, operational from October 2011, which was described as being at "the leading edge in relation to NHS priorities", and for providing an elegant framework offering trainees flexible pathways through the third year of training. Additional commendations were received for service user involvement, which was seen as an example of national best practice.

The programme in Clinical Psychology has one Programme Director who shares responsibility for the management of the Programme with a senior management team consisting of two joint Clinical Directors, the Academic Director, the Research Director and Partnerships Director. In addition the staff team comprises seven Clinical and Academic Tutors, three Research Lecturers and one Service User and Carer Co-ordinator. The programme is also supported by several Trust Training Co-ordinators based in the NHS Trusts within our catchment, who further the development of placements and supervisors. We have outstanding administrative support and library facilities. Trainees are represented and involved at all levels in the organisation of the Programme, including the selection of trainees.

The Programme forms part of the regional community of clinical psychologists and all contributors to the Programme (ie trainees, supervisors, tutors and service users) are involved in its organisation and management. The Programme is sited in the South Thames region and covers a large and diverse geographical and cultural area, comprising South London, the whole of Kent and East Sussex. Clinical placements are arranged throughout this entire area. On rare occasions placements may be arranged outside of this area. It is essential that those who accept places on the programme are aware that their training is likely to involve extensive travel to placements, and whilst on placement, as many involve community based work. Additionally, subject to reasonable adjustments in respect of any disability, trainees must possess a valid driving licence and be able to drive and have the unrestricted use of a car or motorcycle for work, at all times.

Trainees on the Programme can choose from a wide variety of urban and rural locations in which to live, including London, Brighton, Hastings, and the towns and countryside of Kent and East Sussex. Many trainees travel regularly from Brighton and London (about 1 hour) and car shares are common.

Entry Requirements

Salomons seeks applicants with proven high academic and clinical abilities.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS and hold this at the time of application. Formal proof of this must be provided with your application. Those who are unsure whether their degree confers eligibility must check this with the BPS prior to applying. An exception is made for those in the final year of their undergraduate degree, or awaiting the results of a psychology conversion course recognised by the BPS. In these cases, candidates may apply, subject to meeting other minimum criteria, and any subsequent offer of a place is made conditional upon achievement of the required class of degree from a programme that confers GBC.

A 1st class or 2:1 psychology degree is essential for applicants who have an undergraduate degree only. If applicants have an undergraduate degree in another subject, the class of degree attained must be 2:1 or 1st. Additionally, these applicants must have completed an accredited conversion qualification in psychology. The conversion qualification must also be equivalent to a 2:1 or 1st class.

Applicants who hold a conversion qualification are required to send transcripts for their UNDERGRADUATE degree directly to Sophie Pattemore, the Selection Administrator at Salomons. (If you are applying through the Clearing House, transcripts for GBC-accredited undergraduate degrees and conversion courses and for international qualifications at a similar level, should be provided to the Clearing House with your application). An absence of a transcript will result in an applicant not being considered as there will be no means to verify the minimum requirements stipulated.

Applicants with a 2:2 psychology undergraduate degree will be considered if they hold a completed relevant Masters level qualification with an average achievement at 65% or above, or a completed clinically relevant PhD. These applicants (except those holding a PhD) are required to send a transcript of their Masters degree directly to Sophie Pattemore the Selection Administrator at Salomons. Failure to provide this transcript will mean that your application cannot be considered.

The Programme does not allow applicants to enrol onto the Salomons doctorate if they are currently enrolled on any other degree. Please follow the link for general guidance, and contact Salomons directly if there is a need to discuss.

Requirements Regarding Clinically Relevant Work Experience

Although many applicants will gain relevant clinical experience through familiar routes such as Assistant or Research Psychologist posts, many other pathways are relevant to gaining such experience, and are valued equally highly by the Programme. These may include, for example, work experience gained within social services, IAPT services, healthcare assistant/support worker roles in the NHS, private or voluntary sector. All such employment needs to be directly related to the practical application of psychological principles acquired in either a paid or unpaid capacity.

It is not necessary for applicants to have gained extensive clinical experience in many different settings or with a wide range of clients prior to applying. Rather, we are looking for individuals who can make the most out of what they have experienced by:

  • Gaining a realistic sense of the profession, its current context within the NHS, and its range of work practices;
  • Developing an awareness of the range of settings and client groups encountered by clinical psychologists;
  • Demonstrating an understanding of how psychological theory can be applied within a clinical setting;
  • Considering the impact of social, political and cultural inequalities in the provision of mental health services.

Research experience is also highly regarded, especially within a clinical, medical or social care setting. However, applicants whose experience is restricted solely to academic research must ensure that they have also gained relevant exposure to supervised clinical practice within an applied setting before applying.

One full year of relevant work experience (or its equivalent on a part-time basis) must have been completed by the time of application.

Personal and professional experience relevant to working with vulnerable, marginalised and undervalued people is strongly valued, as is the ability to be able to reflect on this experience and develop accordingly.

Residence Requirements

For NHS-funded places we can only consider applicants who meet "home (UK/EU)" fees status, and who have the right to work in the UK. Additionally, NHS-funded places are only available to applicants who intend to work in NHS-funded services upon completion of training.

A limited number of additional fee-paying places will be available on the Salomons programme in 2018. These are open to International, European and British applicants.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for whom English is not their first language and their university qualifications were not taught or examined in the English language, must send evidence of their English language proficiency with their application. Salomons accepts the English language test score requirements given on the Clearing House website. Failure to provide this evidence will mean that your application cannot be considered.

Please note: UK Visas and Immigration now only accept IELTS for English language proficiency tests taken outside the UK. For this reason, CCCU will only accept an IELTS test result, taken within the last two years.

Selection Procedure

The Programme's selection procedures are constantly being refined and developed and applicants may be required to participate in additional procedures currently under development or audit in order to be eligible to apply to the programme. Applicants will be advised of any additional procedures at the time of applying.

All communication to applicants will take place by email both about the multiple choice test and some of the subsequent information about interviews. Therefore, applicants are asked to regularly check the email address used for their application, including their junk folder, throughout this period, to avoid missing any important communication from Salomons.

Initial screening of applications and testing procedures

Application forms are only used at the point of initial screening to establish whether candidates meet our minimum selection criteria in terms of academic requirements, work experience, references and GBC. All those who meet these minimum criteria are then invited to sit a multiple choice test as the first stage of our selection process. Successful applicants will receive notification of invitation to sit the test by Friday 9 February 2018. (Please note very short turn around time between notification of invitation and test date).

All applicants must possess a full driving licence by the date of the multiple choice test (subject to reasonable adjustments for disability), and will be required to bring this with them on the day for checking. This photocard will also be used as documented photographic proof of identity.  Candidates without a photocard licence must bring their paper driving licence and current passport.

The multiple choice test will be conducted this year in collaboration with the Universities of both Surrey and East London. The test for all three programmes will take place on Saturday 17 February 2018.

Due to the Salomons, Surrey and UEL courses operating different minimum entry requirements, applicants applying to any of the three courses may be eligible to take the test for one course but not another. The three test locations for those who meet the minimum entry requirements will be as follows:

Test locations
Course Applied To Entry Requirements Met? Test Location
Salomons but not Surrey Yes Salomons Centre, CCCU, 1 Meadow Rd, Tunbridge Wells (NB - new address)
Both Salomons and Surrey Only meets Salomons' entry criteria Salomons Centre, CCCU, 1 Meadow Rd, Tunbridge Wells (NB - new address)
Both Salomons and Surrey Yes for both courses University of Surrey, Guildford
Both Salomons and Surrey Only meets Surrey's entry criteria University of Surrey, Guildford
Surrey but not Salomons Yes University of Surrey, Guildford
Salomons but not UEL Yes Salomons Centre, CCCU, 1 Meadow Rd, Tunbridge Wells (NB - new address)
Both Salomons and UEL Only meets Salomons' entry criteria Salomons Centre, CCCU, 1 Meadow Rd, Tunbridge Wells (NB - new address)
Both Salomons and UEL Yes for both courses University of East London campus
Both Salomons and UEL Only meets UEL's entry criteria University of East London campus
UEL but not Salomons Yes University of East London campus

Copies of the 2011-2016 written tests used previously by the Salomons and the Surrey programme are available to view on the Salomons Programme website. Applicants are advised that the content and format of the multiple choice test may change from year to year, and may include a range of questions relating to, amongst others, statistical issues, qualitative and quantitative research methods, ethics and values.

Salomons applicants who are also applying to the Surrey or UEL programmes and are, therefore, taking the multiple choice test at either the University of Surrey or UEL locations, need to be aware that if extraordinary circumstances should arise, for example, adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances that affect the running of test procedures, they will be subject to the terms and conditions implemented by either the Surrey or UEL programme at that time.

Applicants with disabilities will be given all appropriate support to sit the test. Extra time will be given to those with dyslexia or other special considerations in accordance with University guidance. Applicants requiring additional support owing to a disability are required to contact the Selection Administrator, Sophie Pattemore on 01227 927075, to discuss their specific requirements.

Online Testing

The Programme will be employing the use of online situational judgement testing (SJT) procedures as part of its initial screening of applicants in 2018. These tests will be evaluating applicants' capacity for making judgements in complex situations. Applicants will be sent email links to access the online testing websites and will be required to re-sit the testing procedure in person (eg on the day of interview) to confirm their scores. Please note: A re-sitting of the SJT will not be required at the interview stage for those applicants who are also applying to the UEL programme, as joint candidates for Salomons, UEL and Surrey will sit the SJT online in person at UEL on Saturday 17 February.

Short-listing and Interview Process

Please note that the Salomons, Surrey and UEL programmes operate independent post-test short-listing procedures and the information presented below regarding short-listing and interviewing applies to the Salomons programme only. Applicants applying to the Surrey programme or the UEL programme should consult the information they each provide on their short-listing and interviewing procedures.

Following completion of the multiple choice test and the SJT, an interview short-list is compiled by the Programme team, primarily based on multiple choice test and SJT test scores. Short-listed candidates will then be invited for interview. Due to the large number of applicants we are unable to provide feedback to candidates on their performance in any of the tests undertaken.

Our interview process is multi-faceted and seeks to assess academic, clinical, professional and personal learning and aptitude. This is achieved by inviting applicants to be interviewed by two separate panels: a personal interview panel and a clinical interview panel.

Interview panellists consist of Programme staff, Clinical Psychologists from our region, service users and carers, and third year trainees. A formal presentation about the Programme is given by a member of academic staff to all applicants prior to the interviews. In addition, before and after the interviews, trainees from the Programme and the administrators are available to welcome candidates and answer questions. These trainees and administrators do not participate in selection decisions.

Following the interviews, all interviewees are telephoned by a member of the Programme Team who was involved in their interview, and given the outcome of the interview. They are also provided, if they wish, with some brief feedback on their performance at interview. The Programme is not able to offer feedback to applicants who are not short-listed for interview. The interview process for fee-paying places is identical to that for NHS commissioned places.

Criminal Records Bureau and Health Checks

All offers of a place on the Programme are made subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health screening. These procedures are handled for our NHS places by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which currently covers any costs incurred. For fee-paying students these processes are handled by Canterbury Christ Church University.

Enhanced DBS checks are a compulsory requirement, and will disclose any convictions (spent or unspent) and police cautions, reprimands or warnings, whenever they occurred. Those candidates who are offered a place are also required to complete a University criminal records disclosure form, which asks for details of any convictions, cautions or bind overs, "spent" or otherwise. Disclosure of such information does not automatically act as a bar to enrolment on the Programme. However, should any criminal record be disclosed, this would require further investigation and discussion, prior to possible acceptance on to the Programme.

The purpose of the occupational health assessment is to screen students in line with Department of Health guidance for healthcare workers with regard to immunity and immunisations for infectious diseases. An additional purpose is to assess current health status with regard to any additional support individual students may need to assist them throughout the programme, with a view to future fitness to practise.

The Programme follows the requirements regarding fitness to practise. These may be applied throughout the selection process.

Funding

In advance of submitting their application, applicants must decide whether they wish to be considered for an NHS-funded OR a fee-paying place, and use the appropriate application form.

Only one application per applicant will be considered.

In 2017 we had 33 NHS commissioned places available. We had 7 fee-paying places available in 2017.

NHS-funded Places

Applicants for 2018 entry should check for funding updates on the Clearing House funding page and the Salomons programme website.

Current NHS-funded trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements.  They are employed as Trainee Clinical Psychologists by the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who formally manage all aspects of their contract of employment. Details of our trainee job description and person specification are available on our website.  Current trainees are paid on Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.

Due to national changes in the regulations concerning NHS travel claims, Salomons now acts as the base from which all trainee travel claims are calculated. Travel expenses are currently paid for travel to placement.  Living within close proximity of the Salomons Centre is, therefore, likely to confer both practical and financial advantages for trainees. Currently, payment towards overnight accommodation costs whilst on some placements may be available subject to approval from the employing NHS Trust.  Registration and examination fees are currently paid by the NHS.

Applicants seeking an NHS-funded place should apply through the Clearing House.

Fee-paying Places

A limited number of additional fee-paying places will be available on the Salomons programme in 2018. These are open to International, European and British applicants. Fee-paying students will follow the same programme of study as trainees with NHS-funded places.

Applicants offered a place under our fee-paying route, will enrol as full-time students of Canterbury Christ Church University and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the University. Placement travel expenses will not be paid for fee-paying students, who will need to be able to self-finance all aspects of the programme. The programme fees for 2018 are £24,000 per annum, plus an additional capped fee for placements. A limited number of scholarships may be available to successful fee-paying students for 2018 entry.

Applications for our fee-paying places need to be made directly to the Programme, using the CCCU/Salomons application form available on our website. Please follow the link for further details on our fee-paying places and scholarships.

All international applicants applying for fee-paying places should please note the requirements above regarding degree transcripts, which should be translated into English where necessary.

Accommodation

A limited amount of postgraduate University accommodation is available largely at the main campus of the University at Canterbury. Additional accommodation is also possible with local host families in Canterbury and the surrounding areas. Enquiries about accommodation of either form can be made by visiting the University's website.

Structure and Content

Educational Approach

In 2011 the Programme team initiated a major review of the content and structure of the Salomons Doctorate, in order to enable it to be as responsive as possible to changing external needs within the social and health care sectors, and to best equip trainees to practise within a rapidly changing healthcare environment. This has increased the flexibility of the Programme so that it can respond to these changing needs: for example by further developing teaching and learning opportunities relating to neuropsychology, supervision, consultation and leadership, in-depth clinical skills and increasing existing service user participation. Since this time, trainees have been enrolled upon the new Programme which, while maintaining the traditional breadth of the curriculum, also allows opportunities for specialism (including specialist teaching options) in the third year.

Salomons seeks to produce capable practitioners; that is, clinical psychologists who can adapt their skills and use them effectively in unique and complex situations. To achieve this we believe that a core foundation of basic competencies needs to be established; these are then re-visited and expanded throughout the programme. Underpinning the development of all these competencies is a fundamental commitment to a biopsychosocial and spiritual understanding of human development, and its challenges, across the life-span. This model is seen as a helpful contextual framework for understanding psychological difficulties and their relationship to biological, social, cultural and spiritual factors. This perspective is seen as complementary to traditional nosological frameworks and is viewed as an important aspect of person-centred psychological formulation.

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning and Mandatory Attendance

The Programme is full-time for three years and attendance at all components of the Programme is mandatory for its entire duration, including all induction periods. The length of the Programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience. All trainees are required to complete the full programme of training in order to qualify as a clinical psychologist.

The maximum registration period with the University is five years within which time the programme of study must be completed.

Educational Structure and Content

The educational programme is divided into three year-long stages. In the first year, trainees work with adults from a variety of backgrounds and access a range of adult primary, secondary and tertiary services. During this year the focus is on developing the foundation competencies required to work with individuals. In the second year, trainees work for six months each with children and families, and also with people with disabilities. During this year the focus is the development of advanced competencies in working with families and systems. In the final year, competencies will be consolidated and expanded through working with older people and within a specialist area. During this year the focus will be on developing more advanced clinical competencies and further development of competencies in working with teams and organisations.

The educational programme comprises four components: the academic programme; clinical experience through year-long multi-faceted placements; the research programme; and the assessment process. The programme is organised in such a way as to enable the trainee to draw together their learning from these four activities so that each informs the other. This is achieved by close integration and co-ordination of each component such that each is aimed at developing the competencies pertinent to each year of training.

Third year specialist teaching options

An important feature of the Salomons programme is the opportunity to undertake specialist teaching options in the third year. These allow for the development of specialist skills; for example, in a chosen therapeutic approach (eg CBT, CAT, systemic or psychoanalytic) or in other areas (such as neuropsychology, leadership, working with organisations, or cross-cultural practice). The options available are reviewed yearly, building in considerable teaching flexibility and responsiveness to changing needs in the NHS and health and social care contexts. Exposure to other specialist services will occur throughout the three years.

The Programme is the only course in the UK to fully fund its third year trainees to take part in a week-long course at the Tavistock Clinic on psychodynamic practice and concepts.

Academic Programme

All teaching is mandatory and is undertaken by academic and clinical staff, both local and national, as well as by the Programme team, other professionals and service users and carers. There are a few teaching days across the three years on which it is not possible to take annual leave. The academic programme is co-ordinated and planned by the Academic Director in conjunction with specialist Academic Tutors, drawn from the Programme Team and regional psychologists. It is arranged so that its content relates closely to the clinical placements to facilitate the integration of the academic, clinical and research aspects of training. Teaching sessions are based on an experiential learning model, drawing on trainees' own experiences, and are usually interactive. A variety of teaching methods is used including large and small group work, problem-based learning, team working, as well as didactic teaching. Web-based learning methods are increasingly being integrated within the programme.

At the start, and during each year of training, blocks of teaching are introduced which temporarily replace the routine weekly pattern of clinical, teaching and study days.

The teaching is organised around six central strands as shown.

Teaching Outline
  Year 1 Level 1
Foundation Skills
Adult / Individual
Year 2 Level 2
Advanced Skills
Child / Disabilities / Systems
Year 3 Level 3
Consolidation and Specialist Skills
Older People / Specialist
Strand 1
Models and Skills of Clinical Psychology
Introduction and positioning
Life-span developmental psychology
Basic clinical skills
CBT
Psychodynamic
Systemic/family
Community
Integrative
Psychology and society
Critical psychology
Integrative practice
Psychodynamic observational methods
Strand 2
Working with Clients
Adult mental health
Forensic
Health
Substance abuse
Neuropsychology
Psychosis and complex needs
Learning, physical and sensory disabilities
Children, adolescents and families/carers
Older people
Supplementary placement experience
Complex clinical issues and therapy integration
Strand 3
Working with Groups and Organisations
Public sector organisation: adult services
Understanding and working with teams and groups
Public sector organisation: child and disability services
Understanding and working with teams and groups
Public sector organisation: older people and wider issues
Understanding and consulting: teams, groups and organisations
Psychodynamic observation of healthcare settings
Third year Endings workshop
Strand 4
Clinical Research, Evaluation and Dissemination
Research design, quantitative and qualitative methodology, ethics and service evaluation Advanced research design and methodology Integrating research theory and practice
Strand 5
Personal and Professional Development (Reflexive Practice)
Risk and ethics
Professional skills and identity
Diversity issues
Reflective practitioner groups
Risk and ethics
Professional skills and identity
Diversity issues
Reflective practitioner groups
Risk and ethics
Professional skills and identity
Diversity issues
Reflective practitioner groups
Tavistock Clinic week course
Strand 6
Additional Competencies
Administrative inductions and mandatory training
Ongoing staff/trainee liaison
Ongoing staff/trainee liaison Specialist options
Ongoing staff/trainee liaison

The teaching in each strand is arranged in a series of units across the three years, each organised by a small team of academic tutors. There is an excellent library at Salomons with its own specialist library staff, and trainees have access to a number of other libraries in London and the Region. Good online electronic search facilities, email, and access to the internet are available.

Trainees give continuous feedback on all aspects of the teaching programme and through formal membership of all relevant Programme committees.

Clinical Placements

Services in the region are spread across a wide geographical area covering both inner city urban, and rural settings, and are very diverse. They include well developed community-based services involving strong multi-disciplinary team work, as well as highly specialist services of national repute. A very extensive and diverse range of placements exists in terms of therapeutic models, client groups, socially and culturally diverse populations and service settings.

Trainees' placement programmes are arranged by the Clinical Directors and Clinical & Academic Tutors in conjunction with the Trust Training Co-ordinators. A minimum of three days each week is spent in placements, outside of teaching blocks, amounting to a total of approximately 333 placement days across the duration of training. All trainees are normally required to receive a minimum of two hours supervision per week. Each trainee has a manager assigned to them who has responsibility for monitoring and supporting the trainee's clinical, academic and personal/professional development. Placements are regularly reviewed and monitored by the trainee's manager who makes regular site visits to oversee the trainee's clinical progress and the development of their competencies.

For each placement a contract is drawn up detailing how the experience needed to acquire the specified competencies will be accomplished. This could involve a variety of pathways, dependent upon the host services and supervisory arrangements. It will usually require the trainee to be attached to more than one service, either sequentially or concurrently, and to be exposed to more than one supervisor throughout the year. Training needs and background experience are taken into account in the allocation of all placements.

Trainees need to be aware that in applying for the programme they have accepted that they will have to travel required distances from their homes to placement locations across the region. Travel within placements is also frequently required.  To manage this, possession of a full driving licence and unrestricted use of a car or motorcycle for work purposes is essential, subject to reasonable adjustments in respect of any disability. The programme’s expectation is that trainees will be responsible for making suitable transport arrangements to arrive at their placement base by 9.00am and to undertake any travel required by their work while on placement.

Distance to the placement from the trainee’s home will only be considered if they live within our catchment area. If a trainee lives outside the catchment area, the time taken to reach the boundary of the Salomons catchment area will not be considered.  Generally, trainees should expect to have to travel 1-1½ hours to placement. On occasion this could be longer.

Research, Service Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer

The Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology supports research projects in London, Kent and Sussex, as well as across the country and internationally, and seeks to attract trainees who are enthusiastic about enhancing their research and evaluation skills. The overarching aim of research teaching is to forge links between clinical work, research and evaluation in order to ensure that trainees are capable of developing, carrying out and assessing applied healthcare research in a variety of settings and across different populations. The research skills teaching takes a problem-based approach and covers small and large scale design, both quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, ethics and dissemination strategies. We place a strong emphasis on encouraging publication/professional presentation of trainee work.

Trainees conduct a small-scale service evaluation project on placement during the first year of training and also begin development of a major research project (MRP) in the first year, which continues into the second and third years. The programme provides a Research Fair early in the first year to meet potential research supervisors and discuss project ideas. Trainees are encouraged to develop ideas for the MRP early in the programme. All trainees receive individual research supervision from one of a large pool of experienced supervisors. In order for us to provide trainees with the best possible research training, we ask that trainees select an area of research where our staff and trust staff have particular strength and can therefore offer a high level of expertise. The staff team supports a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. The course benefits from active involvement with our service user and carer group. Further details about staff's research interests and expertise, and the organisation of research within the Centre can be found on our website.

After submission of the MRP in April of the third year, trainees are required to disseminate their research work in appropriate ways (eg through feedback to participants, professional conferences, Trust events, peer-reviewed publication). A significant proportion of trainee dissertations regularly achieve publication in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent library support and computing facilities as well as statistical and qualitative software are available.

Assessment

All trainees register for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol.) with Canterbury Christ Church University. The Doctoral Programme uses a continuous assessment system, which includes the formal assessment of clinical, research and academic competence. The principal pieces of assessed work are:

  • 5 Evaluations of Clinical Competence (formally completed by Clinical Supervisors on the placement);
  • 1 Assessment of Clinical Skills Part 1 and 2 - comprising two components: a) Evidence for Intervention Review and b) Basic Therapeutic and Professional Skills Assessment, the latter of which includes submission of a tape and annotated transcript of a therapeutic session, followed by a clinical viva;
  • 3 Professional Practice Reports demonstrating trainees' clinical competencies across a range of client groups;
  • 1 Quality Improvement Project;
  • 1 Team Policy Report, reflective account, and group presentation;
  • 1 Critical Review of research literature;
  • A Major Research Project (comprising a Literature Review, and a Research Report submitted in Journal format).

The Programme does not use unseen examinations as a means of assessment. Guidance is provided on all assessment components through either individual or small group work, or online on the university's virtual learning platform.

Support

The Programme sees the personal development of trainees as a vital element of their training as Clinical Psychologists. To this end, the programme is committed to fostering a climate in which both professional and personal development is actively encouraged and enabled. It is recognised that the demand placed on trainees through the experience of training can be considerable and that it is necessary and appropriate for trainees to seek support. It is unlikely that any single system will meet all needs, but a variety of means has evolved as the Programme has developed, to provide opportunities for personal development and support. In addition to the placement visits, trainees also meet once a year with their managers to review their development and learning on the Programme. This review enables all aspects of training to be appraised in an integrated way and helps trainees to identify clear development goals. The review also provides trainees with an opportunity to feed back individually about the Programme and, thereby, highlight issues which can then be addressed.

Reflective Practitioner Group meetings, made up of a small number of trainees drawn from across all three years of the programme, are held approximately fortnightly during term-time. These are facilitated by Tutors external to the Programme. The groups are an integral part of the Programme and provide a forum for reflection, dialogue, and personal experiential learning, throughout the course of training. The Reflective Practitioner Groups very much reflect the ethos of the Programme at Salomons and, although trainees often report finding them challenging during training, careful monitoring and follow-up into practice suggests that these groups are also seen as one of the most valuable learning experiences offered on the Programme.

The Programme does not formally require trainees to undergo personal therapy whilst in training. However, the ethos of the Programme strongly upholds the view that trainees should engage in processes that help them to reflect, manage their wellbeing, and learn from being in receipt of professional, health-focused attention. We see this as an essential aspect of continued professional development, and one that should occur throughout training and on into practice.

A "buddy system" is also in operation organised by the trainees, whereby each trainee will be paired with a trainee from the Year Group above to offer support. Programme staff and supervisors are well aware of the demands and challenges of training, and seek to create a culture in which they can be approached, as needed, to offer support on these issues.

Support for People with Dyslexia, Physical and other Disabilities

Canterbury Christ Church University is an equal opportunities employer, as is Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In line with the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), the Programme makes every effort to meet the needs of trainees with a disability. There is an identified member of the Programme staff with responsibility for issues relating to staff or trainees with a disability.

All successful applicants to the Programme undergo an Occupational Health screen to ensure that they are judged fit to work as a trainee clinical psychologist. The Programme has experience of supporting trainees with a wide range of disabilities. For further details, please see our website.

The Programme Team

Prof Margie Callanan - Programme Director/Director of the Salomons Centre
Prof Paul Camic - Research Director
Dr John McGowan - Academic Director
Dr Louise Goodbody - Joint Clinical Director
Ms Anne Cooke - Joint Clinical Director
Ms Linda Hammond - Partnerships Director/Admissions Tutor
Dr Kate Foxwell - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Dr Trish Joscelyne - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Dr Rachel Terry - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Dr Maria Griffiths - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Dr Holly Milling - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Dr Julie Steel - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Vacancy - Clinical & Academic Tutor
Dr Sue Holttum - Senior Lecturer (Research)
Dr Fergal Jones - Reader in Clinical Psychology (Research)
Dr Edyta Monika Hunter - Lecturer (Research)
Ms Laura Lea - Service User and Carer Co-ordinator
Miss Sophie Pattemore - Selection Administrator

Trust Training Co-ordinators

Dr Mandy Sharpley - Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Dr Elizabeth Field - Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Dr Idit Albert - South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Vacancy - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Vacancy - Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust