Clinical Associate in Psychology/Psychologist

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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Lambeth Secondary Care Psychological Therapies, London
Competitive salary
18 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to providing high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for the care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good'.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users, where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I'm going to do, is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special.

Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) (Adults)

We are transforming our ideas about how we support clients with complex needs in Lambeth, and how a psychological approach can be integrated in that.

This means we are looking across the pathway, and with a focus on secondary care CMHT provision. The proposed professional group of Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) is new, and is to be the new workforce driving these changes.

The Clinical Associate in Psychology is a new profession designed to deliver high quality, evidence based psychological assessments, formulations and interventions which are informed by applied research and evaluation. CAPs work closely with our clinical psychologists within community mental health teams who oversee and are accountable for their work. The psychological work is delivered within dynamic multi-disciplinary settings.

The apprentice trainee posts offer an 18 month, structured programme of learning leading to the award of an MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology. The training programme is focussed on adults with complex difficulties and the training placement and future qualified role is within the clinical context of adults with complex psychological difficulties. The training will be an 18-month apprenticeship with 75 days 'off the job' training provided by University College London (UCL). It is a two year contract. The post is band 5, moving to band 6 on successful completion and passing of the programme.

Applicants must have graduate basis for chartered membership of the British Psychological Society with a desire to work with people with complex needs within a multidisciplinary team addressing physical, social and psychological needs. Applicants should have experience of working with people with psychological, interpersonal or social problems; either through employed positions or formal volunteer roles.

The role will be influenced by your experience. We envisage it will incorporate -
  • Supporting communities, organisations and clients at a primary and community level. This could support a pathway into primary care and local communities, to build on community assets and to prevent the development of mental health problems.
  • Being part of a multi disciplinary CMHT - the primary care level Short Term Support service and the longer term secondary care Focussed Support Team.
  • Providing psychological advice, joint working and low intensity brief psychological skills interventions, 1:1 or in groups.

Clinical Associates in Psychology can only work alongside existing psychological practitioners, and will be supervised by a qualified clinical psychologist. In future, you could grow and develop to be trained in other evidence based modalities, including DBT, to further progress your career as a psychological clinician in the CMHTs for clients with complex needs.

We believe strongly in staff development and have excellent opportunities to develop this through CPD opportunities across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and through strong links with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

The position is full-time. The borough's pandemic response has required flexibility of psychological therapists in working remotely and face to face as required by the service.

Lambeth is a borough of high social and psychological needs with considerable cultural diversity. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Interviews will be on Wed 2 December (pm) or Thursday 3 December (pm) and will be held remotely.


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefit from keyworker housing which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do.

We look forward to receiving your application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJohn ManleyJob titleProfessional Head of Psychological Therapies, Lambeth Directorate.Email addressjoihn.manley@slam.nhs.ukTelephone number07792292070Additional cont

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The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:
  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

Please note:
  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust
  • SLaM is a Stonewall Diversity Champion , Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) rights charity in Europe'

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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