Trent - Lincoln & Nottingham

University of Lincoln | School of Psychology | College of Social Science
University of Nottingham | Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences | School of Medicine | Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


Nottingham: 0115 846 6646 Lincoln: 01522 886029

Administration email:

[email protected], [email protected]
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Who can apply:

We do not accept applicants who have not yet graduated


1st or 2:1 considered
Candidates with a 2:2 may be considered if they have a higher degree and/or meet specific contextual admissions criteria


Minimum 12 months relevant clinical experience to demonstrate a genuine and realistic interest, ability and commitment to working in mental health settings


Home fees status required
We do not accept international applicants


Written Screening Exercise usually held in February

Please see our Selection Procedure page for more information


Our course participates in the Disability Confident scheme

Document requirements:

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

  • Undergraduate degree TRANSCRIPT
  • Conversion course TRANSCRIPT (if completed)

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by:

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

APEL is not accepted.

Approach and theories

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Third-wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches e.g. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
  • Systemic.
  • Psychodynamic approaches, e.g. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.
  • Trauma-specific approaches to therapy e.g. stabilisation, Narrative Exposure Therapy.

The first year of the Trent programme focusses on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy knowledge and skills, with a brief introduction to other approaches. 
In the second-year trainees are invited to choose from the range of evidence-based approaches listed above and attend advanced teaching on this approach.  
This structure supports development of skills in working integratively, from a strong foundation in evidence-based approaches.

The philosophy of the Trent programme is centred on the integration of research and clinical practice, so we support trainees to develop practice-based evidence and clinically impactful research. 

The Trent DClinPsy programme prides itself on embedding service user and carer involvement across the programme and we were commended for the depth of this involvement by the British Psychological Society in a recent accreditation visit.  

Placement locations

At Trent we offer clinical placements across several NHS Trusts, including:

  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust* 
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust* 
  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust* 
  • Nottingham Universities Hospital NHS Trust 
  • University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Trainees should expect that most of their placements will be within their employing trust (one of three listed above*) with occasional placements outside that, according to learning need and specialist interest.

The geographical region covered by the programme is large and consists of densely populated urban and remote rural settings. Trainees should expect a significant commute for at least one clinical placement during training. It is helpful for trainees to have their own transport as reliance on public transport will be difficult in some areas. Reasonable adjustments are made for trainees who are unable to drive due to disability or health condition and where possible other circumstances will be considered when allocating placements.

Last updated:

14th August 2023