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Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) - Adult Eating Disorder Service

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus 5% Fringe High Cost Allowance
Closing date
28 May 2024
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated, qualified Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) to join our friendly and well-established Community Adult Eating Disorder Service south team.

You will be working alongside Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, psychological therapists and Assistant Psychologists as part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT).Teams across EPUT greatly value psychological services and are committed to embracing a MDT and whole system approach.

You would be joining a friendly, dynamic service that thrives on innovation and prioritises staff wellbeing.

Main duties of the job

Applications are invited for the Band 6 Clinical Associate in Psychology who trained working with adults with mental problems, preferably in community settings. Experience of working with eating disorders is preferable. CAPS are able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under the supervision of a qualified psychologist practitioner. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide high quality, evidence-based psychological interventions, often working with people who have long-standing or complex difficulties. CAPs work with specific populations and therefore provide a more proscribed range of activities than Clinical or Counselling Psychologists.

The post-holder should have a passion for developing their clinical and research skills, and be keen to work flexibly. Your work will include co-facilitation of group therapy programmes and the delivery of clinical treatments under supervision.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for a detailed list of job responsibilities.

The Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) is a new addition to the Psychological workforce and supports the wider NHS agenda to develop and expand the psychological provision. Clinical Associates in Psychology fill an identified skills gap between assistant psychologist and qualified clinical psychologists. They are able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.

CAPs are scientist practitioners who utilise psychological knowledge, research and theory to reduce psychological distress and to enhance psychological wellbeing in the clients they work with. They work with specific client groups in a range of services, acting as a resource of psychological skill and competence to a team of healthcare practitioners.

As a qualified CAP the post holder will provide effective evidence based care to National and local guidelines and will manage a caseload and take responsibility for proactive care delivery decisions, within their scope of practice and under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist. The post holder will plan, assess, implement and evaluate programmes of care. CAPs are expected to maintain a compassionate, caring and safe care environment.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide high quality, evidence-based psychological interventions, to inform practice with formulations derived from specialist psychological assessment, to work effectively with populations from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs, and to draw on an understanding of applied service-related research to support service evaluation and improvement.

Clinical Associates in Psychology work alongside other psychological practitioners such as Assistant Psychologists, Psychological Therapists and Practitioner Psychologist as well as other colleagues within the multi-disciplinary team. They work with specific populations and therefore provide a more proscribed range of activities than Clinical Psychologists.

This particular post is based in the south team of the Trusts Community Adult Eating Disorder Service. This is a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) where psychological practitioners work alongside and are well integrated with other professions, and highly valued by colleagues. Psychological practitioners enjoy working closely with MDT colleagues, helping to develop care plans and supporting staff to also develop their own skills in delivering psychologically informed interventions. The service is part of the East of England Adult Eating Disorder Provider Collaborative, which through the Single Point of Access provides Specialist Eating Disorder Unit beds closer to home. We work alongside other teams within the Trust and local charitable and social enterprise organisations, which further support high quality and socially inclusive recovery.

Person Specification



  • Masters Clinical Associate in Psychology qualification.
  • Eligibility for registration on the BPS Wider Psychological Workforce register as an Associate Psychologist.


  • Further continuing professional development courses relevant to work in mental health and/or psychological interventions



  • Masters level knowledge of psychological theory and research, including psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation.
  • Masters level knowledge of mental health presentations, within adult mental health services.
  • Masters level knowledge of applied research design and methodology.


  • Knowledge of the use of psychological therapies in eating disorders



  • Relevant supervised experience of delivering psychological assessments and interventions in adult mental health and community services.
  • Experience of working in a setting with service users presenting with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Full driving licence and car available for work purposes


  • Experience of working with people with eating disorders

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Sankey House

81 High Road


SS13 3BB

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