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Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP)- Adult Community Psychology

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
An opportunity has arisen for a qualified Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) to join Adult Community Psychological Services in North East Essex. The psychological practitioners in the team work closely in a supportive, integrated MDT to provide a specialist psychology service to adult service users. This post is based at acrossthe Colchester and Tendring areas.

If you would like to join an established, supportive team in which ongoing learning and innovation are encouraged, and you are enthusiastic about providing high quality psychological services to people with complex mental health difficulties we would like to hear from you.

Candidates must have completed, or be near to completing, a Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) Master's training programme.

This advert will close early should we receive a high number of applications.

Main duties of the job

Clinical Associates in Psychology fill an identified skills gap between assistant psychologists and qualified psychologists. They are able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.

The post holder will work alongside qualified Psychologists, together with the wider network of Secondary Care MDT colleagues. This will involve the development and provision of group and individual therapies, and monitoring and evaluation of these. The service is responsible for ensuring high quality, evidence based psychological interventions are accessible to people with complex needs, and often in the context of high levels of risk.

The successful applicant will join our professional and friendly team of psychologists and psychological therapists who specialist in a range of models of therapy, including CBT, CAT, EMDR, DBT, Family Therapy, ACT, CFT, and Sensory-Motor Psychotherapy.

CPD is both strongly supported and actively encouraged.

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.If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Under supervision CAPs:
  • Provide assessment, formulation and intervention recommendations for complex clinical presentations, within their scope of practice.
  • Be capable of making judgements about the needs of individuals, the identification of potential risks, and the possible requirement for more specialist assessment and treatment.
  • Be capable of weighing conflicting components pertaining to a complex problem or situation
  • Monitor their own effectiveness with each service user and/or the presenting problem, to determine whether consultation or supervision from a colleague is required
  • Ensure referral to designated supervisor is promptly made when case complexity falls out with their own range of competency. Use a range of assessment measures and procedures that are compatible with service user presenting problems.

This is just a select few responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for a detailed list of job responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Candidates must have completed, or be near to completing, a Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) Master's training programme



  • Experience of working with adults
  • Experince of setting up/runing groups


  • Experince of working with Adults in a community setting

Personal qualities


  • Awareness of their own competence and expertise, and ability to work within those boundaries
  • Aware of the expectations of professional and ethical behaviour and act in accordance with these
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Herrick House



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