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Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) within 18-25s Service

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 6
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An opportunity has arisen for a qualified Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) to join the 18-25s Specialist Psychology Service. This post is based at the Derwent Centre, Harlow, however the service covers a large geographical area of North West Essex and travel to other locations will be required.

If you would like to make a real difference to young adults' lives by developing and providing early specialist treatment, we would like to hear from you. We welcome applications from both qualified CAPs, and those who are at the end of their CAP training.

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 a qualified Psychologist, together with the wider network of Primary Care and MDT colleagues to provide a high quality Psychology service to service users. This will require the development and provision of a psychoeducational programme, assisting young adults in the transition from CAMHS to their management within Primary Care, and ensuring monitoring and evaluation of this. The post will include some individual work. The service is responsible for ensuring early intervention through collaborative working with Primary Care colleagues, employment, education and other system partners, supporting early diagnosis and management of young adults, including those who may go on to be diagnosed with a Personality Disorder.

About us

The 18-25s Psychology Service has been developed to addresses a gap in current service provision providing a specialist psychology service to young adults. Our service users present with needs that are too complex to be met by Primary Care, but not so complex that would require involvement of the Secondary Care Mental Health Teams. The service has been highly valued by our young adults' service users who have been providing very positive feedback on high level of impact the support they have received has had on their lives. Post holder will be working alongside another qualified Psychologist, two Clinical Associates in Psychology apprentices, and an Assistant Psychologist, and closely liaising with the wider network of Primary Care and MDT colleagues.

The successful applicant will join our professional and friendly team of psychologists and psychological therapists working in Adult Community Mental Health Services in the North-West Essex area of Essex Partnership University Trust. The services cover a broad geographical area with bases in: Loughton, Harlow and Uttlesford. Within the service, psychologists have specialist skills and training in variety of areas and approaches, including Autism Spectrum Conditions, CAT, CBT, CBTp, DBT, EMDR, Schema Therapy and Trauma -Informed approaches. Specialist external supervision is provided in several of these approaches, and CPD is both strongly supported and actively encouraged.

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.
  • Manage their own caseload while undertaking their own clinical programmes of work, within their scope of practice, under supervision.
  • Assess the predisposing and precipitating factors that give rise to service-user presenting problems.
  • Assess and manage risk in consultation with their clinical supervisor.
  • Use assessment measures including established psychometric measures, systematic observation and measurement of emotional state, cognitions and behaviour in a variety of settings, including self-motivating strategies for clients.
  • Undertake assessments on a one to one basis with service users, with their carers and also in group settings.
  • On the basis of information collated during assessment, provide a formulation for presenting problems that describes their aetiology, maintenance and appropriate methods of intervention.
  • Provide a range of individual and group interventions that are evidence-based and are clearly conceptualised within the formulation network.
  • Provide evaluation of therapeutic interventions in relation to change over time that might involve a number of dimensions such as behaviour change, cognitive and emotional change.
  • Evaluate their own clinical practice whilst working with individuals or groups and participate in regular supervision with the designated Clinical Psychologist.
  • Seek guidance from and consultation with their clinical supervisor as required to support safe and effective practice.
  • Communicate effectively through written reports and/or verbal feedback, the formulation and psychological understanding of a service users presenting difficulties to referrers, service users and other involved disciplines or agencies as appropriate.
  • Work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and liaise with colleagues within the team as well as from the wider provider network as appropriate.
  • Provide training and teaching to other healthcare professionals, carers groups and other agencies as appropriate.
  • Act as a psychological resource to the wider multidisciplinary team.
  • To contribute to service development via innovative clinical practice and participation in the multi-disciplinary environment (bringing new ideas forward).
  • Ensure that their work complies with professional standards.
  • Keep management well informed about the needs of the service and relevant psychological matters concerning the mental health of service users.
  • Initiate and carry out research, audit and service evaluation with the agreement of the designated Clinical Psychologist / line manager.
  • Maintain a good record keeping system and comply with requirements for reports and returns as part of departmental policy.
  • Collate regular statistical returns regarding service delivery as required.
  • Maintain and contribute to CPD in the Service and team.

Please refer to the documents attached in this advertisement for the details of job description and person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • CAP training at Masters level completed or 2 months to completion
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with young adults
  • Experince of setting up/runing groups
Personal qualities Essential
  • 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

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