Application and Selection

In line with recent national requirements, Salomons adopts a values based recruitment approach to its selection process. This requires us to attract and select students on the basis that their individual values and behaviour align with the six core values set out in the NHS Constitution.

These values can be summarised as follows:

  • Working together for patients – putting clients first and involving all those who are relevant to their care. Speaking up for the client’s interests on all occasions even when things go wrong, and putting the needs of clients before organisational boundaries.  
  • Respect and dignity – affording respect and dignity to clients, their families or carers, and fellow professional staff; valuing them as individuals and respecting their aspirations and commitments, and seeking to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits; communicating openly and honestly, acknowledging what we can and cannot do.
  • Commitment to quality of care – offering high quality, safe and effective care which takes into account the client’s experience; encouraging feedback and using this to improve care.
  • Compassion – offering care that is compassionate, humane and responsive to the needs of clients, their families or carers.
  • Improving lives – improving health and well-being as well as people’s experience of the NHS.
  • Everyone counts – offering resources for the benefit of the whole community, ensuring that no one is excluded or discriminated against.

The values embodied in the NHS Constitution are reflected at all stages of  selection and are explicitly assessed throughout our interview process.

Before submitting your application, please take the time to read through the information on this page carefully. You should also decide in advance whether you 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.

Applicants must obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS and hold this at the time of application. Formal proof of this is required by the Clearing House. 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.  In these cases, candidates may apply, subject to meeting other minimum criteria (see below), and any subsequent offer of a place is made conditional upon achievement of the required class of degree from a programme that confers GBC.  

NHS-funded places

All places on our programme that are advertised through the Clearing House in Clinical Psychology are NHS-funded. Applicants for an NHS-funded place should apply through the Clearing House in the usual way. For Clearing House 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.

Fee-paying places

A limited number of additional fee-paying places are now available on the Salomons programme in 2020. 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. Applications for our fee-paying places need to be made directly to the Programme, using the CCCU/Salomons application form, which can be found within our downloads section.

A first or upper second class psychology degree is essential for candidates who have an undergraduate degree only. If candidates have an undergraduate degree in another subject, the class of degree attained must be 2.1 or 1st. Additionally, such candidates must have completed an accredited conversion qualification in psychology to Masters level. The conversion Masters must also achieve an average of 60% or above.

Applicants who hold a conversion qualification, or who studied overseas, are required to send transcripts for their UNDERGRADUATE degree directly to  Sophie Pattemore, the Selection Administrator at Salomons. For overseas degrees the transcript must be translated into English, where necessary. (Transcripts for GBC-accredited undergraduate degrees and GBC-accredited conversion courses will be provided through the Clearing House). 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 lower second class 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 see the Clearing House website for general guidance, and contact Salomons directly if there is a need to discuss. 

All applicants applying for NHS-funded places, 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 to the Clearing House with their application.  Applicants applying to Salomons for a fee-paying place must also send this evidence directly to Salomons with their completed CCCU/Salomons application.  Salomons requires an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with no element below 7.5.  Failure to provide this evidence will mean that your application cannot be considered. 

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

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. Please clearly draw out the clinical experience gained whilst undertaking academic study on the section of the application form which itemises relevant occupational and research experience.   

One full year (or its equivalent on a part-time basis) of relevant work experience 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.   

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

Trainees are recruited annually. (Commissioning figures have yet to be finalised.  Applicants are advised to regularly consult this website where up-to-date information will be posted as soon as it is available.)

For more information please download our trainee job description and person specification .

Application forms are only used at the point of initial screening to establish whether candidates meet our minimum criteria in terms of academic requirements, work experience, references and GBC. All those who meet the minimum criteria are then invited to sit a multiple choice test and a situational judgement test as the first stage of our selection process. Successful applicants will receive notification of invitation to sit the tests by Friday 7th February 2020. Failure to complete both tests will result in the application being no longer considered.

All communication to applicants about the multiple choice and situational judgement tests and some of the subsequent information about interviews, will take place by email. Therefore, applicants are asked to regularly check the email address used for their clearing house application, (or Salomons application for fee-paying applicants; whichever is appropriate), including their junk folder, throughout this period, to avoid missing any important communication from Salomons.

Applicants are reminded to bring their driving licence to the multiple choice test – details below.

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 15th February, 2020. 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 courses work collaboratively over arrangements for completing and sitting the test.  In 2020, applicants to the Salomons programme will sit the test in the following two locations:

At Surrey University if they have also applied to Surrey.

At UEL if they have also applied to UEL.

If they have ONLY applied to Salomons (i.e. not to either Surrey or UEL), Salomons-only applicants will, for this year, also sit the multiple choice test at UEL.

Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the Salomons programme regarding the specific arrangements and their location for sitting the test.

Example multiple choice questions are available on the Salomons website to aid applicants in preparing for the test. Information about the research multiple choice test can be found here

The Salomons, Surrey and UEL programmes operate independent post-test short-listing procedures and the information presented here regarding short-listing and interviewing applies to the Salomons programme only. Applicants applying to the Surrey or UEL programmes should consult their respective websites for information on their short-listing and interviewing procedures. 

Applicants with disabilities will be given appropriate support to sit the tests. Reasonable adjustments will be made to testing procedures where these have been recommended, in accordance with University guidance. Applicants requiring additional support owing to a disability or specific learning requirements are required to contact the Selection Administrator, Sophie Pattemore, on 01227 927075 to discuss.

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

Please note that Salomons applicants who take the tests at either the University of Surrey or UEL locations, will be subject to the terms and conditions implemented by either the Surrey or UEL programme at that time. This will include arrangements for special considerations for the undertaking of the tests in line with University guidance, and any other circumstances that may affect the running of the test procedures.

The Programme will be employing the use of situational judgement testing (SJT) procedures as part of its initial screening of applicants in 2020. These tests will be evaluating applicants’ capacity for making judgements in complex situations. All applicants will complete the test in person on Saturday 15th February 2020 at either the Surrey University or UEL venues (see Test Arrangements for 2020 above).

As the SJT will be completed in person this year there will be no need for applicants subsequently invited to interview, to repeat the test on their interview day.

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.

Please note that Salomons applicants who take the tests at either the University of Surrey or UEL locations, will be subject to the terms and conditions implemented by either the Surrey or UEL programme at that time. This will include arrangements for special considerations for the undertaking of the tests in line with University guidance, and any other circumstances that may affect the running of the test procedures.

All applicants must possess a full driving licence (subject to reasonable adjustments for disability) by the date of the multiple choice test, 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.  

We intend to invite approximately 116 candidates to interview for 2020. In 2019 we had 34 NHS commissioned places available. The interview process for fee-paying places is identical to that for NHS-commissioned places. We had 4 fee-paying places available in 2019.

Our interview process is multi-faceted and seeks to assess candidates’ values, skills and aptitude across academic, clinical, professional and personal domains.  This is achieved by inviting candidates 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 academic staff to all candidates 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.

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

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 practice .

Enhanced DBS checks are a compulsory requirement, and will disclose any criminal convictions 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.


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