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Clinical Associate in Psychology/Psychologist Apprenticeship

South London and Mauds
Assessment and Liaison Service, London
Competitive salary
Closing date
16 Oct 2021
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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.

We are excited to recruit two graduate psychology applicants for a new role for an apprenticeship programme for the Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) in a Mental Health Care Team. This is a new and exciting career and is a training apprenticeship post, combining work and study. As an apprentice, you will be employed to work within the Assessment and Liaison community service for twenty months as a Band 5, and released to attend academic study. Once apprenticeship requirements and endpoint assessment are successfully completed, you will be awarded a Master's degree as a Clinical Associate in Psychology, and be eligible for positions as a qualified CAP at Band 6.

CAPs will help us to deliver the NHS Transformation Plan to meet the psychological needs of people with complex mental health, deprivation, and social problems living in Southwark Borough. Community Mental Health services are in an exciting phase of transformation and expansion in psychosocial approaches. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a commitment to working in our local area, from those with diverse backgrounds, and from people who bring lived experience relevant to mental health work.

CAPs will be able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under clinical supervisions. CAPs will work alongside other psychological professions in partnership with an MDT and community social prescribers. The Long Term Transformation Plan recognizes the complexity of the health and social challenges many people face and the impact this has on mental health and well-being. It also recognizes assets and strengths of individuals, families, and communities. CAPs will work in partnership to develop and co-facilitate a range of psychosocial groups and individual psychological assessments and interventions, working in partnership with the MDT and other associated services. The Clinical Associate in Psychology is designed to deliver high quality, evidence based psychological assessments, formulations and interventions which are informed by applied research and evaluation. CAPs work closely with Psychologists within teams who supervise and are accountable for the CAPs work. The psychological work is delivered within dynamic multi-disciplinary settings. The current posts will be based within the Assessment and Liaison Team.

It is a requirement of an apprenticeship that applicants have a pass in GCSE English and Maths (or the equivalent if educated overseas). Applicants must have a graduate membership with the British Psychological Society, and desire to work with people with complex needs within a multidisciplinary team addressing physical, social, and psychological needs. We are keen to hear from people with diverse backgrounds and/or with lived experiences with mental health, and who are excited about this new role and committed to working in this diverse area for some time before progressing their careers.

About the location:

Southwark is a borough of high social and psychological needs with considerable cultural diversity. Mental Health services support an ethnically diverse group of clients, where English may not be their first language and who present with a wide range of common mental health problems at varying levels of severity. Many clients present with multiple problems including social, housing and employment issues. You will be based at Marina House, near the Maudsley Hospital. Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2).

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 support 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 benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though 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

We look forward to receiving your application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Katerina Daniil Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Email address

Telephone number 02032282385

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The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, sex, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you're pregnant or on family leave.

We are committed to equality and diversity for our staff and patients. We believe that any form of discrimination is unacceptable, 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 Disability Confident employer and is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) rights charity in Europe'

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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