Clinical Associate Psychologist (CAP)

Posted about 2 months ago by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location Cornwall Job Type Permanent
Salary £25,655 - £39,027 Per annum - Commencing on Band 5 Sector Clinical

Thank you for your interest in working for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust prides itself in striving to be an employer of choice.

Our Trust objectives are:

  • Improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities by working in partnership and creating opportunities for our citizens.
  • Provide safe, high quality, timely and compassionate care and support, in local communities wherever possible, and informed by experience of people who use services.
  • Make Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly a great place to work in health and social care.
  • Working efficiently so health and care funding give maximum benefits.
  • Create the underpinning infrastructure and capabilities that are critical to delivering high quality care and support.

All external appointments to the Trust will be required to attend a full Trust Corporate Induction which will be held at Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, PL31 2QN.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.  In addition,  although the role advertised may have a ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Graduate Psychologists sought to undertake Masters level training as Clinical Associate Psychologists to expand and enhance access to Psychologically informed assessment and Intervention across a number of Children’s Mental Health Teams in Cornwall.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is now recruiting its fourth cohort of psychology graduates to join its trailblazing Clinical Associate Psychology (CAP) programme. We now have over 40 staff who have graduated from the programme since it began as the first in England in October 2018 - and we are looking forward to welcoming a new group of  2 trainees to commence training from April 2022

This is an exciting new psychology profession that has now been approved as a  Level 7 Degree  Apprenticeship,  so during your training phase of around 18 months you will be  undertaking the Masters Programme in Clinical Associate Psychology with the University of Plymouth,  while working as part of  multidisciplinary children’s mental health team in  Cornwall to develop the clinical skills and competencies essential to the role.  The combination of clinical skills development with the academic knowledge and evidence base that underpins them is enabling us to develop a new,  dynamic workforce  delivering  psychologically-informed care and interventions to an increasing range of client groups.    For this cohort we are looking for Clinical Psychologists to work within Community CAMHS teams across Cornwall, our new CAMHS access team which offers assessment formulation and short term intervention and also our children’s eating disorders team.

As one of our new CAP trainees you will be employed on a permanent NHS contract and during the Apprenticeship phase while you are undertaking the CAP Masters Programme with the University of PLymouth, you will be remunerated at Band 5 (£24,907 - £30,615).  Your MSc registration and course fees are paid for you so in return, once qualified and your apprenticeship has been successfully completed,  we ask that you commit to  stay with the Trust for at least a further two years, during which time we will remunerate you at a Band 6 (£31,365 - £37,890). Throughout your employment with the Trust, you will receive regular supervision from a qualified clinical psychologist and will work within an agreed scope of practice, although we expect this to change and develop as your skills and experience increase.

Applicants will need to be self-motivated, have significant prior experience of working in a mental health setting (or similar person-facing roles)  and have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree in Psychology from a BPS accredited programme :  or 2.2 Honours Degree in Psychology from a BPS accredited programme with additional appropriate experience to be assessed.

Although we will welcome applications from anyone satisfying the above, please note that if you are considering applying for Clinical Psychology or other doctoral level training courses now or within the next three years, it would not be advisable to apply for the CAP Programme at this stage as it involves a time commitment beyond the initial training period of the apprenticeship.     

Successful candidates will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of The British Psychological Society (BPS).

The Trust’s services are currently rated as 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission but our goal is to be Outstanding in all domains - so come to Cornwall and help us achieve it.


Additional contact information

Dr. Debbie Hunter,  Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Leah Trathen, Lead Supervisor Leah Trathen

To achieve our Trust objectives, we prioritise the development of our staff. To support this, the following opportunities are available: