Criminal Records and Other Checks

All the courses involve working with children and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is therefore taken very seriously and the highest standards of behaviour are expected from clinical psychology trainees. Please also see the NHS Careers website for information about NHS Values and the NHS Constitution.

Fitness to practise and the selection process

Fitness to practise is a requirement of all professions registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (please see the HCPC website if you need more information about fitness to practise). During training, monitoring of fitness to practise is the responsibility of course centres.

Concerns about fitness to practise could also be raised during the selection process, including the manner and tone of written and verbal communications with the course centre at any stage of the selection process, as well as behaviour both during and between interviews for those candidates called for interview.

During selection course centres may take note of issues that could significantly impair trainees' capacity to practise in an open and reflective manner, eg whether an individual is open to feedback about any relevant concerns, shows appropriate self-awareness in relation to difficulties that impact on their capacity to work, and is willing to work collaboratively with relevant staff to address (and hopefully to overcome) any issues. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about fitness to practise.

Checks required when a place is offered

Trainees must pass appropriate checks before they can start a course. These checks are usually made by the course centre or the relevant NHS organisation.

Criminal records

Criminal record checks are usually made through the Disclosure and Barring Service (for England and Wales) or Disclosure Scotland. The checks will disclose information such as: criminal convictions, conditional cautions, conditional youth cautions, other relevant information held on police databases etc. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about criminal record checks.

Health assessment

The purpose of the health assessment is to check whether trainees have a health condition or disability that may require adjustments in the workplace to enable them to undertake training, or that may require restrictions to their role. The health assessment may include a health declaration (completed by the trainee) and, where appropriate, an assessment by an occupational health practitioner or other suitably trained professional. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about health assessments.

Other checks

Course centres may require other checks to be completed before training can start, such as the following. Trainees may need to provide evidence of their identity or status by, for example, providing their passport, photocard driving licence etc. Trainees may need to verify their qualifications by, for example, providing original certificates and other relevant documents. The trainee's employment and training history may be checked. This may involve collecting additional references from current and previous employers eg to verify dates of employment, to request information on any disciplinary actions or safeguarding issues, etc. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about other checks.