As an Australian-trained Clinical Psychologist I began the SoE process in 2007, and, after four years was last year awarded Chartered status by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered by the Health Professions Council (HPC). What a process! It would have been quicker to undertake the doctoral program from beginning to end.
There are inherent difficulties in gaining the now defunct SoE and practitioner status via the international route with the HPC. The biggest, yet most important, was, as an international applicant, circumnavigating the ‘system’ to find
a) placements and supervisors in order to meet the required competencies
b) a university to support you if you need to undertake doctoral level research
c) an establishment that supports candidates through the process.
Any thoughts from other SoE candidates or from those who applied to the HPC via the international route are welcome.