Aspiring Clinical Psychologists Access Scheme

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, together with Health Education England (HEE), are delighted to be working to improve access and inclusion for entrants to clinical psychology training for under-represented groups.

The Aspiring Clinical Psychologists (ACP) Access Scheme offers opportunities to develop initial clinical experience for aspiring clinical psychologists who would be unable to enter the profession through unpaid work experience.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will be recruiting 9 part-time Assistant Psychologists, 4 or 5 sessions, fixed term for 6 months, paid at Agenda for Change band 4, as part of the Aspiring Clinical Psychologists Access Scheme.


To be eligible for this programme the below requirements need to be met:

  • To hold an upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology.
  • To have graduated within the previous two years.
  • To meet the criteria of otherwise being excluded from entering the profession through unpaid work experience. This could be for many reasons, such as:
o   Family being on a low income or supported by benefits
o   Receiving grants, bursaries or awards via your university student support service or government maintenance grants, that is any sum of money not required to be paid back
o   Being a care leaver or student not supported by their family or parents

  • Must not hold or be studying for a masters degree (with the exception of a masters degree completed as a conversion degree for applicants with a non-psychology undergraduate degree OR a combined undergraduate MSc degree on the basis that the financial position is that same as an undergraduate degree and different from an MSc).
  • Must not be salaried or post graduate trainee in university programmes.
  • Must not have held any substantial prior paid assistant psychology post or research assistant or similar employment. Previous paid work experience at a very limited period or employment (such as sessions for less that the equivalent of four weeks in total) as a research assistant/assistant psychologist, will be accepted.


Applications for this role have now closed.

Aspiring Clinical Psychologists Access Scheme Brochure

Aspiring Clinical Psychologists Access Scheme Brochure