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Clinical Associate Psychology Apprentice

Oxleas NHS Foundation
Carlton Parade Community Mental Health Service, Orpington
Competitive salary
Closing date
22 Oct 2021
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Bromley Adult Mental Health Services

Trainee Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) Apprenticeship,

Band 5 (pro rata per Annum) 1.0 WTE (37.5 hours per week) Fixed Term until completion of apprenticeship (18-22 months)

Orpington, London

We are delighted to request applicants for a new and exciting Band 5 (paid) masters degree level, apprenticeship post as a Clinical Associate in Psychology training. These highly competitive posts are a new initiative to England and join our expanding range of Oxleas in-house apprenticeships combining work and study. This apprentice programme allows talented psychology graduates (who have completed a degree in Psychology) to access clinical roles where they can be trained on-the-job in psychological interventions. 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. Once qualified, CAPs 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 CAP role is to provide high quality, evidence-based psychological interventions.

As an apprentice you will be employed to work within a local community setting for eighteen months. While at work you will be learning the skills you will need as a qualified CAP, through work-based learning within a multidisciplinary team under the support and direct supervision from a Clinical Psychologist and day release to a university MSC level, CAP training programmeto provide you with a training focused on working with Adults from across the life span with mental health problems. Once you complete the apprenticeship requirements and standards and successfully complete the end point assessment you will be awarded an MSc as a Clinical Associate in Psychology. You will then be able to apply for positions as a qualified CAP.

We would like to recruit an enthusiastic individual to work as a CAP within Bromley Adult Mental Health Services ADAPT-E Team. The Psychological Therapy team in ADAPT-E (Anxiety, Depression, Affective, Personality, Trauma East locality) offers a broad range of evidence based psychological interventions, input and support to service users in the east of the borough of Bromley as an integrated part of the wider multi-disciplinary team of in secondary care adult mental health. The successful candidate will join well-established, friendly multi-disciplinary teams, which also include professionals from psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy and admin. There will also be the opportunity to coordinate with colleagues working in Adult Mental Health Services in Greenwich and Bexley, and we also work with colleagues in Adult Mental Health, Community Health and Primary care. This will also include close liaison with the Oxleas ASD Transforming Care Team, as a central role of this particular opportunity will focus on working with service users in ADAPT-E with a comorbidity of ASD and mental health issues. This will primarily take the form of on evidence based intervention adaptations to help meet the needs of this specific population via individual, team, group or family approaches.

The CAP postholder will work as part of a multi-professional team, alongside clinical psychologists to ensure the delivery of high-quality psychological assessments and interventions and the management of behaviours that present challenges to individuals, families and carers. They will deliver psychologically informed formulations and evidence-based psychological therapy to individuals, groups and families and the wider team. The post holder will work mainly within the ADAPT-E team building in Orpington.

The successful applicant will be a graduate Psychologist with experience of working with people with complex mental health problems. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a commitment to working with our local communities.We are especially interested in increasing diversity in the psychology workforce and this post may be of particular interest to graduates who wish to join the psychology workforce but are not aspiring to become Clinical or Counselling Psychologists.

Although academic ability is important (Psychology degree at 2:2), we are also interested in what YOU bring to the role. We want candidates willing to think about their experiences growing up, including lived experience of mental health difficulties able to reflect on their background (culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality) and what experience they developed

The expected start for the apprenticeship programme is 12th January 2022, so the successful applicant will need to have taken up employment within the Trust before this date (ideally, by December 2021).

Post holders may be required to travel depending on the needs of the service.

The ADAPT-E Psychological Therapy team in Bromley is strongly committed to providing outcome focused, evidence-based interventions to clients, their families and their support network at the time they need it. It is comprised of a mixture of clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and art psychotherapists. The input from psychological therapists is highly valued and respected within Adult Mental Health and across the Trust, and we undertake important roles, not only in clinical work, but also in management, service development and clinical governance. We welcome and encourage research and audit int

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