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Trainee Clinical Associate in Psychology

South West London and
Various, London
Competitive salary
Closing date
14 Oct 2021
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South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' however we aim to be 'outstanding'.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you'll be part of something special - an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are excited to recruit graduate psychology applicants for a new role for an apprenticeship programme for the Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP).

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 Community Mental Health Teams for working age adults for twenty months as a Band 5 employee and released to attend academic study on the University College London MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology (Adult Mental Health) apprenticeship programme. Your MSc fees will be paid for by the Trust. Once apprenticeship requirements and endpoint assessment are successfully completed, you will be eligible for positions as a qualified CAP at Band 6.

The University College London MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology starts in January 2022 so you need to be available to start employment with the Trust by then.

Trainee CAPs will help us to deliver the NHS Transformation Plan by delivering Structured Clinical Management (SCM) to patients with a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. Full training will be provided, and you will receive regular supervision from a Principle Clinical Psychologist who has a dedicated role as SCM lead for the community services

CAPs will be able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under clinical supervision. CAPs will work alongside other psychological professions and in partnership with the multidisciplinary team.

CAPs posts are available in the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

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 be eligible for graduate membership with the British Psychological Society, and have a desire to work with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder within a multidisciplinary team. We are keen to hear from people with diverse backgrounds and/or with lived experiences of mental health problems.

We look forward to receiving your application.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameMalcolm SimpsonJob titleConsultant Clinical PsychologistEmail addressMalcolm.Simpson@swlstg.nhs.ukTelephone number07890 609476

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At South West London St Georges Mental Health Trust we are 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 a Disability Confident Employer and provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability. We are Members of Stonewall Diversity Champions programme and the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI).

As part of the Trust's commitment to Equalities and Diversity, the Trust supports the establishment of Staff Networks groups to promote diversity in the workplace:
  • BME (Evolve) Staff Network
  • Christian Staff Network
  • DiverseAbility
  • Deaf Staff Network
  • Mental Health Staff Forum
  • Women's Staff Network
  • LGBTQAI+ Staff Network

We provide reasonable adjustments to the interview process for any candidates with a disability.

Please note:

  • 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
  • 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 should you be successful and appointed, you authorise South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust to confirm your previous NHS service via an Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process
  • That your employment is offered subject to successful completion of a 3 or 6 months Probationary Period depending on your Band
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust

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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