Edinburgh 2019 Entry

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Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by China » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:47 pm

Hello all 😊

My name is [removed], and I have applied for the Clinical Doctorate across four different universities this year: [removed]

How is everyone coping so far with things with Edinburgh? It appears at the time of writing this that we have to wait just under four weeks to hear back from them as to whether we will be selected for an interview. This isn’t too long, but still a nervous wait.

How did everyone find the situational judgement test and additional questions? I personally found the SJT tricky, as many of the answers started to look equally appropriate at times and was also constrained by the ticking time bomb which disabled my ability to reevaluate my responses.

With regards to the additional questions, I went for Social Learning Theory and Operant Conditioning as psychological principles that I have applied within my work. My research proposal took the form of a mixed-method approach (in-depth interviews and clinical experiment) with children and young people to determine whether the therapists gender impacts clinical therapy outcomes within a variety of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across NHS Scotland.

What did other people do?

For any Clinical Doctoral students or graduates reading this who are/were enrolled with Edinburgh and have been through the wash with them, could you please care to share your input in relation to what condition you came out in with regards to the below questions:

What is required at the interview?
What are the questions like?
What is your best advice?

I’m probably asking this with too much eagerness just now as I’ve not even found out if I have survived the “Normandy Landing” yet, but I suppose by answering my post then other people may also be able to gain some insight too. They’re really firing the artillery at us eh? Edinburgh appear to have wheeled out the cannons, sub-machine guns and snipers. This is my first time applying, so I highly doubt (realistically) that I’ll be standing after this first wave of heavy artillery.

P.s I have also applied to study social work as a contingency plan. I’m 30 in 3 months, therefore I can’t really afford to put my life on hold for a training course that I may never get on. Does anyone else have a plan B in place? I reckon as a social worker, gaining a place on this could be easier anyway as I would be able to gain professional experience in multi-disciplinary teams. Seems a good option. What we thinking?

This is where I am at:

First time applying
First class BSc Psy
6+ years experience support work
8 months research experience
No NHS experience
Chances of gaining a place = probably less than becoming the next US President, but what the heck. Some people win the lottery. Actually, some people have landed on he moon 😑👍🏻😂

With regards
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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by ell » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:19 pm

Just to remind folks that we don't share the details of specific course selection procedures, e.g. interview questions/tasks.

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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by maven » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:07 am

And we don't swear. This is a professional forum.
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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by China » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:28 pm

In that case, delete my post. Clearly having a sense of humour is not worthy of your approval 👍🏻 I appreciate the sharing of questions and information part. Do what you have to do 👍🏻

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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by ell » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:12 pm

China wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:28 pm
In that case, delete my post. Clearly having a sense of humour is not worthy of your approval 👍🏻 I appreciate the sharing of questions and information part. Do what you have to do 👍🏻
Sense of humour is well-received here (have a look around and you'll see!), but we have guidelines on the forum that state that we don't allow swearing (and I'll be editing the swearing out of your post as per our usual protocol). There are mixed views on this, but we err on the side of caution as ultimately it's important that we represent the profession in a, well, mostly professional way.

However, I won't delete your post as you pose lots of interesting questions that others might have something to say about! I'm happy to say that I have nothing to offer in terms of what you were asking about, having conquered training myself recently and got the medal to prove it.

Good luck with applications.

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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by ColetteyBetty » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:03 pm

Hey China,

I also did the Edinburgh selection tests. I know what you mean about the questions, though I'm sure they design the responses in such a way that there isn't an obvious wrong answer - it's just a case of ranking them from most appropriate/urgent to least appropriate (but still appropriate in some situations) haha. In a way I quite enjoyed that part of the test!

For the clinical principles question I did attachment theory. I work in a schema therapy service which places importance on principles of attachment, so it seemed to make sense for me to write about it! For the research question I kept it simple and wrote about a qualitative IPA study looking at health/care staff attributions and helping behaviour, which is also something I've been interested in for a long time.

Social work as a plan B sounds reasonable. But I wouldn't give up without a few attempts if I were you. With your care experience you will more than likely get into a social work course without issue, so give clinical a few goes. I'm 33 and this is my first application.

Good luck!

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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by AnsweringBell » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:47 am

Hi China :) I didn't train at Edinburgh, but I interviewed there a couple of times - it seems the process has changed in a lot of ways since then, so my experiences wouldn't be useful (and I didn't choose to train there in the end)... but, out of the 5 places I've interviewed at, Edinburgh was the nicest process for me. It felt warm and supportive, while still being challenging. It felt like they wanted to drag the answers out of me despite any nerves and really get to the bottom of my knowledge on something, so it felt like I got a fair shake there really. My best advice is, should you get an interview, really think about your experiences and examples that you prepare in some depth. Also, the first time I interviewed there I didn't have any AP experience, or any real direct clinical if I'm honest (I had some NHS research though)... I felt that my form and answers to my questions made up for a fair bit, and I got a reserve place in the end... I say that to give you some hope going forward, really, that it's not all about having those NHS assistant posts necessarily. Fingers crossed for you!

Oh and a final point - if they're still ranking health board locations and specialisms... don't make the same mistake I did and say "it's fine, I'll go anywhere and do anything! I want to show that I'm flexible" - it really doesn't work like that. Only put down the places and specialisms you'd actually be happy to work in - because should you be offered a place, you'll be one of the few people who put down that they'd be willing to work in the more far flung locations (i.e. Elgin)... and that might be what you're offered. (It was what I was offered the second time around and I just couldn't hack it when I really thought about location and lifestyle).

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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by China » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:11 pm

Thanks guys! Very interesting!

So, with this post being left on the forum despite causing some controversy (private messages/inboxes from admin), I assume I may be at risk of GDPR breaching due to my personal details being on the post.

Would it be worth dropping the Information Commisiomers Office an email now? It seems that the admin on here are not allowing me to remove personal information which reveals my identity. This does not fit right with me, so I suppose I will email all of the Doctorate courses of which I have applied to informing them that there seems to be an issue on this forum about data protection.

My post revealed too much. I should have the right to remove it. I guess until my personal information is removed I’ll have no choice but to report the forum.

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Re: Edinburgh 2019 Entry

Post by maven » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:56 pm

That's entirely misrepresentative of what was said. You PMed me. I said we don't delete threads on the request of the OP if they have content that is of value to other members, but I specifically asked if you wanted to remove identifying details - given you seemed to have given anyone from that course (or any other) enough information to identify you - and that is exactly what we have done. But it seems to be your style to create a problem, then blame others for it and misrepresent what they have said, whilst digging in.

Edit: This user has now been banned under section 15 of the forum rules.
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