Apprentice Clinical Associate Psychologist

Solent NHS Trust
Competitive salary
11 Jun 2021
15 Jun 2021
Role Type
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Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.
  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

We are seeking to recruit and train 6 Clinical Associate Psychologists in our Adult Mental Health Service. This is a new and very exciting development and we welcome this expansion of our existing team of ten psychological therapists. You are very welcome to apply if you have a degree in psychology and experience of mental health work, ideally within the NHS.

The role will include working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems. You will be trained to Master level by Exeter University to carry out the roles below. Once qualified, (the course will be 18 months) you will then be employed as a band 6. You will be supervised throughout the apprenticeship by Clinical Psychologists alongside other psychological therapy colleagues. You will be based in pairs for 4.5 months in one service area and then rotate.

Your time will be spent as follows:
  • One day a week at University (predominately remotely)
  • One day a week home study
  • Three days a week clinical work and supervision

Your key duties will be:
  • Co-facilitating partial DBT groups and stabilisation skills groups for people on our trauma pathway
  • Providing brief interventions including
  • Emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Behavioural Activation
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Problem solving
  • Low intensity CBT for psychosis and mood disorders
  • Adapting interventions for people with cognitive or sensory impairments or Asperger's
  • Motivational Interviewing for dual diagnosis patients
  • Assisting qualified therapists with exposure work and behavioural experiments in community and domiciliary treatment, including supporting use of virtual reality for exposure
  • Teaching in the Recovery College.

The role will start in September 2021 and the Masters course will start October 2021.

Interviews will take place on 21st and 22nd June. Please note these will be remote interviews.

For more information on the post, please contact Lorraine Bell on

Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

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Note about shortlisting/interviews:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions in place, we are currently unable to schedule interviews as we normally would. Therefore interviews will be held virtually until further notice. Please be assured that we will be in touch with details of the arrangements. We will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but shortlisting may take longer than usual, dependant on staff availability.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:
  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff) - pro rata for part time
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

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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