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Apprenticeship Clinical Associate Psychologist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Depending on experience Agenda for Change Band 5
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Full Time
We are delighted to be recruiting an apprentice Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPs) to work within our award winning Just One Number Service.

Just One Number consists of multi-agency professionals working across universal, health, mental health and speech and language services. The front door is a telephone based single point of access that is office based in Cringleford Norwich.

This role will be part of the access to mental health advice and support service, Norfolk and Waveney's new pioneering mental health front door for 0-25. This new service ensures that Children, young people and families get the right support at the right time by the right service, by triaging and delivering advice and guidance.

You will be self-motivated, able to demonstrate empathy and enjoy working in a fast paced, friendly environment. It is important that you have strong communication skills.

The mental health service of Just One Number operates 5 days a week, Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm.

Successful applicants will be expected to work a rotating weekly shift pattern of 8-4 one week and 10-6 the following.

Main duties of the job

The CAP Apprenticeship programme will be undertaken in partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA). It is an 18-month, full-time training programme leading to the qualification of MSc Clinical associate in psychology. As an apprentice, you will be employed fulltime by CCS and your time will be split between work-based practice and learning. The apprenticeship training programme will begin in early September 2024.

Successful applicants will be appointed at an Agenda for Change Band 5 whilst undertaking the programme, which will transition to a Band 6 qualified CAP role in the same team on successful completion of the training programme. As this opportunity is offered as an Apprenticeship, all training costs will be paid for by the employer.

CAP trainees will be supervised by Clinical Psychologists and work alongside the wider professional teams.

o Currently this is a blended learning course with approximately 75% of sessions delivered online and the remainder delivered in-person at UEA.

o There are specific minimum entry requirements (please see person specification)

o Attendance at all UEA teaching days is compulsory and annual leave cannot be booked for UEA teaching days.

o All CAPs must be in post within the first two weeks of September 2024 to allow them to undertake workplace inductions etc. prior to commencing the course on Monday 16th September 2024.

Job Description subject to Job Matching.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties:

To provide Psychological interventions under supervision. These will include brief interventions and risk management.

To assist the team in the development of individual or group clinical materials or training materials, such as the development of single session interventions.

To work alongside others in the collection, analyses, and presentation of outcome measures to support the case for proving the clinical and cost effectiveness of Psychological assessment in the team using Psychological measurement tools and other data

To act in a manner that supports a Psychologically informed framework for the service.

Develop the ability to professionally deliver psychological oversight of the triage of requests for support, formulations, interventions, and research within defined scope of practice.

Use applied service research and evaluation to inform interventions.

Work with individuals with complex needs.

Act as a Psychological resource providing support and training to the wider health or social care teams.

Develop ability to deliver complex assessments and potential brief treatment single session interventions developed with a Clinical Psychologist who will review practice through supervision.

Develop ability to conduct risk management assessments and evaluations, support safety planning with individuals.

Maintain a compassionate, caring, and safe care environment.

Develop a range of Psychological single session interventions working within defined scope of practice, whilst the supervising Clinical Psychologist retains overall clinical responsibility, reporting to a Clinical Psychologist in terms of psychological assessment, formulation and brief intervention based on a single session model.

Develop understanding of how to identify and use Psychological assessment methods, such as 5 Ps use within applied clinical practice to underpin assessment, drawing on formulations in Psychological Theory, providing a clinical framework describing an individuals problem and/or needs, whilst providing a rationale for how problems have developed and are maintained, and identify subsequent plans for care.

To have clinical expertise in the mental and emotional health needs of children, young people, and their families, (covering 0-25 years of age) and be able to elicit information from professionals, carers, and young people to support full assessments via telephone and other forms of digital technology which enable timely clinical decisions to be made.

To understand local emotional health provision and be able to give children, young people and their families and referrers appropriate advice and guidance and as needed make appropriate referrals and support colleagues to make referrals to the appropriate service.

To have knowledge of child and young peoples mental health needs and local services. This will involve information gathering, assessment (including risk assessment) and care planning, with Children, Young People, Parents, Teachers and being an active link for other Stakeholders such as Schools, GPs, Mental Health, and Voluntary Sector Organisations.

To develop skills and confidence to support colleagues within Just One Number, especially in understanding of current mental health need, risk and care planning.

To develop skills to contribute to production and maintenance of digital resources on Just One Norfolk and promotion of these within JON and with other stakeholders allowing the identification of appropriate use of self-help material and understanding when further clinical assessment is indicated.

Use of measures to monitor effectiveness and establish outcomes and share these within JON and CCS

Under the Supervision of a specialist practitioner supporting clinical decisions and demonstrate a high level of clinical understanding. Follow the robust clinical risk management processes that are in place and contribute to ensuring they are adhered to within JON.

Demonstrate that evidence is translated into sound clinical practice.

To maintain a clinical profile being visible, accessible, and approachable to staff, stakeholders, and the public. To ensure that open and honest communication channels are sustained.

Support staff within Just One Number and wider services to fully understand and use the clinical pathways to ensure the most appropriate and safest outcome for the CYP.

Ensure the voice of the child and young person is pivotal in all aspects of clinical practice and development.

Report to a Principle Psychologist in terms of psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention.

Be responsible for own learning and development using reflection and feedback to analyse their own capabilities.

Meet their clinical Psychology Supervisor on a regular basis in accordance with British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for accredited practice.

Undertake regular operational supervision with Team Manager/ nominated team member.

Develop understanding of the importance and impact of Organisational Culture in service delivery and development.

Understand the appropriate boundaries of professional competency in offering support and supervision and work within the scope of practice of the role and within the bounds of professional competence, in line with employers requirements around values, conduct and ethics.

In all clinical and professional activities, act in accordance with the BPS Professional Code of Conduct, identifying and challenging discriminatory behaviour.

Engaging in their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to maintain and update their psychological scope of practice.

Support the development of junior staff.

Person Specification



  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBS), or Bachelors degree plus master degree, or PGDip in Psychology accredited by the BPS as conferring GBC (minimum 2:2)
  • GCSE pass in maths and English
  • Eligibility to work in the UK


  • Demonstrate ability to study at Masters level
  • Understand British Psychological Society (BPS) Professional Code of Conduct



  • Demonstrate experience of delivering individual therapy based on CBT/DBT principles
  • Demonstrate experience of delivering interventions to children, young people and families
  • Demonstrate experience of effective working with others including peers, managers, and more junior members of staff


  • Demonstrate experience of evaluation or audit in a healthcare setting demonstrate how new ways of working can be communicated in a healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrate experience of evaluating risk in a healthcare setting demonstrate how critical incidents or severe adverse events are appropriately identified and assessed



  • Communicate effectively, share information
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect, review and discuss personal and professional responses to work
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding of children's safeguarding systems and best practice (Think Family)
  • Able to correctly handle confidential information know how and when to share this information for appropriate professional purposes and only with appropriate individuals, with appropriately gained consent.
  • Ability to maintain accurate clinical records and why all entries in clinical and practice records are dated, timed and signed.
  • Understand and utilise learning styles, tools and techniques that can be used to support learning.


  • Demonstrate experience of patient care across a broad range of patient needs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of CBT for anxiety and depression
  • Demonstrate knowledge of CFT/ACT or DBT
  • Demonstrate experience of delivering/ contributing to group programmes based on CBT/ DBT
  • Demonstrate knowledge of children's health, social care, and education system.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


Cambridge Community Services, Cringleford Business Centre

Intwood Road



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