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Clinical Associate Psychologist in Training

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Full Time
Are you a psychology graduate interested in a new career progression?

Psychological approaches to health and well-being are increasingly in demand, and we need more professionals who are equipped to offer these to the people we serve. There is an exciting revolution taking place in health and social care which will change the way services are arranged to support individuals, families and communities.

Main duties of the job

We are excited to recruit applicants for a newer role in psychology, the Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP). CAPs will be one of the professions that will help us to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan to meet the psychological needs of residents of Newham who are in a mental health crisis and require inpatient care, their families, carers and non-psychology staff supporting them. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have ties with and 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.

About us

CAPs work alongside other psychological professions in partnership with health, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE). They are able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist. We also recognise that the assets and strengths of individuals, families and communities are crucial too. CAPs work in partnership to co-design, develop and deliver a range of psychological interventions to individuals, couples, families and communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The first step in this new and exciting career is to apply for one of our Clinical Associate in Psychology in training posts.

This advertised post will be embedded within the Newham Acute Psychology Service (NAPS) based at Newham Centre for Mental Health. Specifically you will be working across the two Triage Wards (Ivory and Ruby) and will support the delivery of psychological service to people experiencing complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties, their families/carers and multidisciplinary staff teams providing inpatient care.

The aim is to provide timely, accessible and trauma-informed care as well as arrange post-discharge support provision that facilitates recovery and reduces further crises requiring readmission.

This post is part of the NHS Funding Psychological Professions Training Programmes.

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Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • An approved qualification in psychology conferring eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society, (Class 2.2 or higher)


  • Attendance at specialist short courses relevant to the post (e.g. SCM, Trauma Informed Care, Group approaches, Collective Narrative Therapies, or approaches in Community Psychology)



  • Experience of work in the NHS or outreach work, or local engagement work (e.g. youth worker, mentoring, peer support etc), experience of working in voluntary sector, working in community groups. Work with client groups with serious mental health problems: ? mental health care and/or ? working with carers and/or ? delivering therapeutic group interventions and/or ? working in MDTs and/or ? Audit, evaluation or research. Work in multi-cultural settings


  • Work with community, voluntary & social enterprise organisations.
  • Work with interpreters.
  • Work with behaviours that challenge services
  • Work with people with complex needs
  • Conducting service-related research
  • Lived experience of mental health issues or psychological problems as a service user or carer



  • Good understanding and ability to apply functional analysis to presenting problems - including their development and maintenance
  • Basic understanding of mental health issues and approaches to treatment and intervention
  • Basic understanding of health care systems and structures: staffing, roles and responsibilities, the role of hospitals, primary care and community care
  • Graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to the client group.
  • Awareness of the potential impact of discrimination & disadvantage on mental health

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham Centre for Mental Health

Glen Road


E13 8SP

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