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Trainee Clinical Associate Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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Welcome! We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Trainee Clinical Associate Psychologist to join the developing county-wide Paediatric Psychology Team. We are a small, developing, friendly and highly valued Service working across the beautiful county of Somerset.

As a trainee Clinical Associate Psychologist, you will be committed to both working with children and young people who have a diagnosis of a chronic disease including palliative diagnosis and undertaking your training towards a Clinical Associate Psychologist. You will be joining a dynamic and supportive developing Paediatric Psychology service and will be expected to contribute to and benefit from this.

Main duties of the job

As a trainee Clinical Associate Psychologist you will work closely with the existing clinical psychologists and the wider multidisciplinary teams. Your duties could include
  • The provision of psychological assessment, formulation, individual and group interventions, for young people that have chronic disease including those with a palliative diagnosis.
  • Working closely with qualified Clinical Psychologists to setting up the clinical pathways
  • Undertaking appropriate clinical work under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologists
  • Ad-hoc assessments alongside the clinical psychologists observing young people at home/school, structured information gathering from young people/parents/schools including developmental histories using service proformas.
  • Active participation in multidisciplinary case discussion and formulation meetings.
  • Involvement in development of policies and project work
  • Data gathering for audit and research purposes link.
  • Training, and consultation

About us

About the team

The paediatric psychology team are currently developing and recruiting. The paediatric psychology team is a small team made up of Clinical psychologists that work closely with the Children's Community Nursing team and Community Paediatricians.

The post holder would have clinical supervision through the Clinical Psychologists in the paediatric psychology service. The Trust has excellent working relationships with Exeter University doctoral training programme and there will be opportunities for professional networking with other assistant psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, psychologists and psychology networks both within the Trust and nationally, and continuous professional development.

About Somerset

Somerset is an unspoilt rural and picturesque county with a population of just over half a million. It has a long coastline and wide range of attractive scenery including the Mendip and Quantock Hills and the grandeur of Exmoor contrasting with the flat wetlands and peat areas of the Somerset levels. It provides excellent links to Bath, Bristol, Taunton and Exeter. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is a newly merged organisation across acute and mental health provision, delivering high quality care with compassion. The Trust is innovative and forward thinking and fantastic and friendly place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities
Communication and Key Working Relationships

To communicate effectively with a wide range of colleagues across the Trust

To develop and maintain relationships with clinical and administrative colleagues working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

To effectively communicate psychological information with other professions and agencies.

To contribute to the writing of clients reports, written from a strengths-based and formulation driven perspective

Key communication relationships include:

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Community Nursing Team

Weight Management team

Yeovil District Hospital Paediatrics Department

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Community Paediatrics Department

Somerset CAMHS

Planning and Organisation

Assist in the design and implementation of service development projects within the service as required


Undertake data collection, analysis, and assist with the production of reports and summaries

Undertake searches of evidence-based literature and research

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

Clinical responsibilities: with clinical supervision

To conduct specialised clinical assessments, including the use of psychometric instruments with service users who have mental health problems, substance misuse histories, have experienced trauma, and who may pose a risk to themselves or others. Such assessment work will involve working in a range of settings. This will involve judgments involving a range of facts or situations which require analysis or comparison of a range of options.

To deliver planned psychological interventions with young people, utilising advanced counselling skills, cognitive-behavioural techniques, skills training, and other modalities as appropriate in a way that respects diversity and promotes equality.

To communicate effectively and sensitively with young people, their families and carers, and to maintain a high degree of professionalism.

Assist in the design and implementation of service development projects within the service as required.

Undertake data collection, analysis, the production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes.

Responsible for recognising own limits of competence and seeking assistance when appropriate.

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

To design and undertake appropriate research and complex audit/service evaluation using qualitative or quantitative measures.

To analyse, interpret and present data in appropriate formats, including reports and PowerPoint presentations.

To contribute to audit and service evaluation within the paediatric Team.

To adhere to policies and procedures of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

To maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times.

To attend relevant meetings with a variety of services and agencies.

To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings.

To assist Psychologists and team members in the delivery of staff training and support, facilitating the acquisition of psychological skills.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources


Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

Clinical supervision, Teaching and Training

To participate fully in clinical supervision with the team's psychologist on an agreed basis and in accordance with good practice guidance. To pursue relevant clinical interests and CPD by agreement with lead Psychologist.

To help develop and provide training and consultation, as appropriate, to Ward staff and community staff.

To participate within the continuing profession development of the staff Team.


To be aware of, and adhere to Trust policies and procedures.

To fully observe the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and DCP (1995) Professional Practice Guidelines.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

To access the electronic patient record system and extract pertinent information in order to assist assessments.

To keep accurate electronic records in accordance with policy.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

Any Other Duties

To commit to the masters training for clinical associate psychology in conjunction with Bath University.

To undertake any other duties at a comparable level of responsibility as may be allocated.

Attending meetings as appropriate.

Duties as instructed by your manager or appropriate authority.

To maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times, even when working in a highly emotive atmosphere.

To keep accurate electronic records on patient electronic records system.

To prioritise workload in order to achieve goals agreed and reviewed at intervals with the Lead Psychologist.

The ability to independently travel countywide is essential for this role.

Person Specification qualification Essential
  • 1st or 2:1
Interest in training to be CAP Essential
  • Interest in training to be CAP

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