Apprentice Clinical Associate in Psychology

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Campbell Centre, Milton Keynes
Competitive salary
20 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Are you a talented psychology graduate who is passionate about using your psychological knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of people in our local communities?
  • Do you have at least and 2:2 psychology degree eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)?
  • Can you bring knowledge and experience of the local communities the Trust serves to your work?
  • We especially welcome applications from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as we are seeking to ensure our psychology staffing has greater diversity and better represents local communities

CNWL is excited to be offering some of the first opportunities in England for talented and passionate psychology graduates to join NHS Mental Health services as Apprentice Clinical Associates in Psychology. This is a completely new route into practicing as an applied psychologist in the NHS. As an apprenticeship you will be working and being paid full time while you complete a Masters qualification at University College London, the full fees for this will be paid.

As part of our commitment to address social inequalities in health, we are particularly seeking to employ psychology graduates with the drive to make a significant contribution to this key priority. These posts are explicitly intended to support the increased access to psychological interventions for groups of service users and the community, including people from black and minority ethnic communities, who may be less well served by existing services. Candidates with the valuable experience of the diverse social and cultural communities the Trust serves which are currently under represented in our psychology staff groups, including those with the ability to provide care in any of the languages of local communities, will be supported to develop their careers and flourish as valued members of our services. There are a number of support systems within the Trust including staff peer networks.

This new psychologist role will be central in helping services meet the planned significant increase in psychologically underpinned high quality health care as envisaged in the NHS Long Term Plan. As an apprentice you will receive supervision from a qualified clinical psychologist while you are working in our adult community or adult inpatient services delivering interventions in line with your developing skill and competence. You will have 2 days 'off the job' training over a period of 18 months to complete the UCL Masters Programme and the related Masters research project. Across the Trust there will be six apprentice clinical associates in psychology who we will support to develop through the apprenticeship into qualified members of our wider psychology professional group.

On qualification you will be eligible to work as a (Band 6) Clinical Associate in Psychology in our newly transformed adult community teams and adult in-patient services to deliver innovative psychologically based interventions both directly with service users and their families and supporting other colleagues in the teams to do so.

This will be a highly rewarding opportunity to train as an applied psychology in adult mental health services while working full time and learning though the apprenticeship. Providing valuable care for service users in our communities you will have an influential role in the delivery and development of services that will make a real difference to people lives.

Successful candidates must be able to begin their employment with the Trust no later than 04.01.2021 in order to start the UCL MSc on 11.01.2021.

Candidates will be enrolled on the Clinical Associate in Psychology Masters programme at UCL, the fees for which will be paid, and must therefore be eligible for University UK Home Fees

Please answer the following question in your supporting statement:

Please describe your involvement with local community projects relating to mental health and wellbeing that address inequalities

If this question is not answered, we will not be able to proceed any further with your application

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Sharon Lord
Job title Lead Psychologist for Mental Health Milton Keynes
Email address
Telephone number 07566 766463

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