Clinical Associate in Psychology Trainee

Employer
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Colchester and Basildon/Billericay
Salary
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Learning Disability
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
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New Clinical Associate in Psychology Apprenticeship Posts

Band 5 £27,055 - £32,934 per annum. 37.5hrs/week

Eligibility to apply for Band 6 post on achieving successful qualification

Adult LD and ASD, South and NE

We have 3 CAP posts available in the Trust across adult LD and ASD Services (1 adult LD South Essex, 2 in ASD Services -NE and South Essex).

CAPs are semi-autonomous psychological practitioners working under direct supervision of an experienced, HCPC registered clinical psychologist. As scientist practitioners they utilise psychological knowledge, research and theory to reduce psychological distress and enhance psychological wellbeing for clients. Working with specific groups/services (adults with LD and or ASD) acting as a resource of psychological skill and competence to a team of healthcare practitioners. Trained to provide effective evidence based care to National and local guidelines, managing a caseload, taking responsibility for proactive care delivery decisions, within their scope of practice under supervision of a clinical psychologist. They will be trained to plan, assess, implement and evaluate programmes of care and expected to maintain a compassionate, caring and safe care environment

This is an 18 month full-time training divided between work-based practice and learning (up to 4 days per week), academic teaching and study, leading to a Masters-level qualification. These are community posts with the possibility of some inpatient work.

Main duties of the job

Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) fill an identified skills gap between assistant psychologists 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.

These posts will be to provide high quality, evidence-based psychological interventions with adults with learning disabilities, or with adults with suspected Autism Spectrum conditions and their families. These posts are to be based in LD services in South Essex or Autism Services in NE or South Essex, working as part of a psychological services contribution to the MDT. If successful in training, on qualification, CAPs can apply for a Band 6 CAP role.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with a Psychology degree who have a commitment to working in the local region, from those with diverse backgrounds and from people who bring lived experience relevant to mental health work. Ideally we would wish to recruit someone with familiarity in working with people with learning disabilities and/or ASD. The CAP role is a new psychology career path in its own right, the selection process will aim to recruit those suitable for and committed to training for this role who are notcurrently enrolled on another publicly funded training that will not be complete by the time of commencement in post.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who share our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. 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


Job description Job responsibilities

A CAP is a semi-autonomous psychological practitioner working under the direct supervision of an experienced and HCPC registered clinical psychologist, within their scope of practice. 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 (LD and ASD in this case), acting as a resource of psychological skill and competence to a team of healthcare practitioners, these services present a wealth of opportunities for developing skills in assessment, formulation, consultation and training.

Applicants must:-
  • Not be currently enrolled on another publicly funded training that will not be complete by the time of commencement in post.
  • Have the right to work in England and have valid and eligible residency status to meet the criteria for apprenticeship funding.
  • Have evidence of passing English and Maths at Level 2
  • Have a current driving licence and access to a car so that they have the ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc.

The turnaround for these posts is relatively short as the training course begins at the start of March so individuals will need to be able to commit to this date.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • An honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology at 2.1 or better OR Successful completion of a BPS accredited post-graduate Psychology conversion programme with 2.1 equivalent or above.
  • A 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology with appropriate additional experience (or contextual information) demonstrating academic potential.
Desirable
  • Further continuing professional development courses relevant to work in mental health and/or psychological interventions.
Experience Essential
  • Paid or voluntary experience relevant to working in health, mental health and/or psychological service settings, including work in community groups.
Desirable
  • Experience of working in a setting with service users presenting with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in the context of a learning disability/intellectual disability.
  • Experience of working with individuals with Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working with carers. Experience of working with groups and/or delivering group interventions.
  • Experience of audit and/or service evaluation.


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