Clinical Associate Psychologist Apprenticeship - Adult Community Psyc

Essex Partnership Univ
Herrick House, Colchester
Competitive salary
01 Apr 2021
11 Apr 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is an award winning Trust that provides health and social care services for a population of 1.3million people in Essex, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, and Luton. CQC says we're still GOOD and now we're OUTSTANDING for caring!

We employ 5,000 people working across more than 200 sites.

Our services include:

Mental health services
  • We provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community. This includes treatment in secure and specialised settings.

Community health services
  • Our diverse range of community health services provide support and treatment to both adults and children. We deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in people's homes.

Learning disabilities services
  • We provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

Social care
  • We provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

We are looking for individuals to join the EPUT team and be part of transforming services in our communities.

In return we can offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include flexible working opportunities from first day of employment, salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to one week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance. In addition to this the Trust also offers a generous relocation package where applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

Our approach to recruitment is values based and applicant's must be able to demonstrate the organisations values and behaviours.

Band 5 Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP), Adult Community Psychology - North East Essex

We are very excited to request applicants for a new type of Psychology role and training: an apprenticeship post known as a Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP). Clinical Associates in Psychology are graduate psychologists (have completed a degree in Psychology) who fill an identified skills gap between assistant psychologists and qualified clinical psychologists. They are able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide high quality, evidence-based psychological interventions, often working with people who have long-standing or complex difficulties. CAPs work with specific populations and therefore provide a more proscribed range of activities than Clinical Psychologists.

Applications are invited for a Band 5 Clinical Associate in Psychology apprenticeship post. As the expected start for the apprenticeship is May 2021, the successful candidate will initially start in a Band 5 Assistant Psychology role and will move onto the CAP apprentice role and job description at the start of the apprenticeship programme. The CAP Apprenticeship is an eighteen-month full-time training divided between work-based experience (up to 4 days per week) and academic teaching and study, which leads to a Masters level qualification.

CAPs are trained to work with a particular service user group. This post seeks to train a Clinical Associate in Psychology to work with working age adults with mental ill health, and in particular, those who have attracted the diagnosis of Personality Disorder. This post will be based with the Adult Community Psychology service in North East Essex - centred on the towns of Colchester & Clacton - working alongside qualified Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Assistant Psychologists as part of the psychological services contribution to the locality multidisciplinary community teams. If successful in their training, CAPs can apply for a Band 6 CAP role upon qualification.

We envisage this post as having a particular role to play in easing the transition of those patients with a Personality Disorder who may have had a recent admission to one of the adult psychiatric inpatient units and whose psychological needs can best be met in the community, thus contributing to maintenance of discharge and long lasting change. The successful candidate will receive specialist supervision and training for this work.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a commitment to working in the local region, from those with diverse backgrounds and from people who bring lived experience relevant to mental health work.

The Clinical Associate in Psychology role is a new psychology career path in its own right, therefore the selection process will aim to recruit those suitable for and committed to training for this role, rather than those who might be seeking interim experience to support their applications for Clinical or Counselling doctoral training.

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer, the Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameMike LuckieJob titleConsultant Clinical PsychologistEmail addressmichaelluckie@nhs.netTelephone number07773 159 673Additional contact information

Dr Mhairi Donaldson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

07940 987 433 or

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As a newly appointed employee you are responsible for incurring the cost of your initial DBS check relevant to your post, the amount will be deducted from your first salary with the Trust.

Applications for Job Share are positively welcomed

Our Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of using mental health services. We also hold the Disability two tick symbol and have made the pledge to commit to employing more people with learning disabilities, we encourage people with a disability to apply. If you require this application form in another format i.e. Braille or audio tape etc, please contact the Recruitment Department on 01375 364513 or email and we can arrange for this to be dispatched to you.

The Trust has the right to expire vacancies prior to the closing date if they so wish. The Trust makes every attempt to contact all applicants and we strongly advise that you check the email account which is registered with NHS Jobs reguarly, we would advise however due to the high number of applications we receive that if you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date your application has been unsuccessful on this occassion.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to robust safer recruitment processes.

Our vision is "working to improve lives" and we achieve this in line with our organisational values of being compassionate, empowering and open.

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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