Information for Psychology Professionals/Students

Work placements or student placements in psychological and psychological therapy services

Placements are a great way to gain valuable experience in a clinical environment with people who use services, colleagues, professionals and members of the public. For those who are wishing to apply for the doctorate in clinical psychology, placements offer good relevant experience in an NHS setting.

To be entered on to our database and be informed of Honorary Psychology Assistant/Psychology Placements as they become available, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • You must be able to commit to 4 days a week for a minimum of 3 months or 2+ days a week for a minimum of 6 months
  • You must be either studying for a psychology degree or have completed a psychology degree.

Other criteria may apply for specific posts: for many posts you must be able to drive and have access to a car during your placement hours, as you may be required to travel to different sites across the Trust or to service user centres to help facilitate alongside a psychologist.  If this is the case then inter-Trust travel expenses are paid i.e. from site to another or from your base to a care home and back to base.

If you meet the above criteria and are still interested in having a placement with us, please complete this form and return it:

  • By email to Psychology.Placements@sabp.nhs.uk
  • By post to:
    Honorary Psychology Placement Co-ordinator
    Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    Psychology Department
    Ramsay House
    Richmond Crescent
    Epsom
    Surrey  KT19 8PH

Your details will  be entered onto our database, allowing us to send to you the details of Honorary Psychology Assistant placements when they are available.  This is a continuous process throughout the year as placements are identified throughout the Trust.  Candidates will need to specify which placements they would be interested in being considered for.  Each placement will require an informal meeting with the relevant psychologist.  For successful candidates, an enhanced DBS clearance check, Occupational Health check and references would need to be carried out prior to the start of their placement.

University of Surrey Undergraduate placements

We have close links with the University of Surrey's undergraduate programme, where students are usually required to do 30 week placements of four days a week. We advertise our placements on the university's internal website as well as sending you notifications via our registration database.

For those needing an undergraduate placement, this process starts every October of the year before the placement.  We suggest you register your interest by sending a database registration form by email to psychology.placements@sabp.nhs.uk or by post to the Honorary Psychology Placement Co-ordinator at the address shown above.

Successful candidates will start their placements July – September once DBS clearances, Occupational Health checks and references are complete and Honorary Contracts are issued.

For more information please contact:

Honorary Psychology Placement Co-ordinator
Tel: 01372 205775
Email: psychology.placements@sabp.nhs.uk