In August 2021, HEE announced a tender exercise for both the three-year Clinical Psychology Doctorate and four-year Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate training programmes. This is vital for two reasons: to enable sufficient course capacity to continue our programme of expansion, and to ensure a consistent national approach to contracting and funding.
After further discussions and engagement with potential bidders, and NHS England and Improvement colleagues, HEE will be extending the procurement process. This means the procurement will now be for all provision from September 2023 entry, and will not include 2022 entry.
This decision to extend the process was made following feedback received at the market engagement events, to safeguard continuity of provision for September 2022. This is essential to support the unprecedented expansion of the psychological professions workforce by approximately 10,500 posts by 2024 to meet commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.
Clinical Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training programmes will be conducted as two separate procurement activities and the submission for bids are now closed. We hope to announce the awarded providers for both the three-year Clinical Psychology Doctorate and four-year Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate training programmes by late Spring/Summer 2022.
We would like to thank interested parties and potential bidders for their engagement and efforts in this tendering exercise so far.