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Clinical Associate Psychologist (CAP)

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a qualified Clinical Associate Psychologist to join the Psychiatric Liaison Service at Treliske Hospital.

Applicants will need to be self-motivated,ideally have prior experience of working in an acute mental health services and have completed the MSc course in Clinical Associate Psychology to be considered for this post.

Successful candidates will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of The British Psychological Society (BPS)

Main duties of the job

To offer psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to patients who have been referred to the psychiatric liaison service, under the supervision of the lead psychologist.

To communicate constructively with a range of healthcare professionals within the team, and as part of the wider health and social care community.

It is expected the post holder will:o Play an active role in the wider crisis psychology team, attending meetings and CPD as required.o Liaise with relevant external agencies to facilitate psychological intervention.o Communicate new learning approaches and provide constructive feedback to challenge and overcome barriers to implementation of best psychological practice.o Communicate to others the core concepts of psychological theory, research and practice in order to enhance their delivery of psychological interventions.o Provide advice, consultation and training for others to inform and support psychological models of change and interventions.o Provide training within teams to enhance delivery of clinical interventions appropriate to the psychological needs of patients across a range of service settings.o Understand the impact of multiple perspectives within the context of multidisciplinary teams.o Explain the rationales to individuals, groups and other healthcare colleagues, for evidence based psychological treatment models and protocols.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Psychology
  • Successfully completed an accredited MSC degree apprenticeship in Clinical Associate of Psychology in mental health in adults
  • Has registration as a CAP with the BPS on their Wider Psychological Workforce Register
  • Understand British Psychological Society (BPS) Professional Code of Conduct, local and national policies and procedures that define scope of practice
  • Understand the range of behavioural change models including health belief models to synthesise best practice in the absence of a strong evidence base, or existence of clinical practice guidelines


  • Experience of working within an acute adult mental health setting



  • Understand how to analyse and appraise key theoretical concepts of psychological models of treatment both at individual and group level recognised in evidence-based national guidelines
  • Able to assess limits of professional boundaries and capacity and understand when to seek appropriate supervision/advice on practice and whom to refer to so as to ensure best care
  • Knowledge and implementation of local, regional and national policy

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital




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