Entry Requirements

We have information about:

*UPDATE* Changes to HEE funding of those who have already embarked on another NHS funded professional training in the psychological professions

The Clearing House received an update on 3 September 2021 (excerpt given below) to the statement from Health Education England (HEE) regarding eligibility for funding (see below for original statement dated 31 August 2021). The Clearing House plays no role in the funding arrangements for clinical psychology training and we have NO further information available regarding this. Please see the full updated statement on the HEE website for further details.

HEE has agreed to delay this policy change to allow for further discussion on the implementation timeframe. This means that for students applying now the planned additional requirements for entry in 2022 will NOT be implemented.

HEE will now work with education and system partners to establish appropriate timescales for the change to funding policy. HEE will ensure policy changes are clear and widely communicated once timescales for implementation are established.

Statement received 31 August 2021 which has been superseded as described above

Health Education England has undertaken to fund trainees in psychological professions commissioned professional training based on them having completed two years of qualified practice after completing any previous NHS funded psychological professions training. Therefore applicants who have started another NHS funded psychological professions training in any of the following but who have not completed two years of qualified practice (two years from the date of the qualifying exam board) will no longer be eligible for HEE funding of their training place and salary from the 2022 intake. The affected programmes, where NHS funded, include the following. This list may be updated periodically:

  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Children's Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Clinical Associate in Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Core counselling training
  • Counselling psychology
  • Education Mental Health Practitioner
  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (qualifying level)
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Safeguarding, NHS Values, Job Description and Person Specification

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 see the Criminal Records and Other Checks page for more information about this.

NHS Values are a foundation to both selection and training as a clinical psychologist. Please see the NHS Careers website for information about NHS Values and the NHS Constitution.

You may also find the generic Job Description and Person Specification useful:

Download the Job Description and Person Specification pdf or Job Description and Person Specification in Word

This is a sample document provided as a guide for applicants, and actual Trainee Clinical Psychologist job descriptions and person specifications may differ from it. Please see the Courses section for information provided by individual course centres.