CAPs are new roles which have been developed in the NHS to provide greater access to psychologically informed mental health services. CAPs fill an identified skills gap between assistant psychologist 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.
What does a CAP do?
A CAP is a specialist mental health professional whose duties include assessing, formulating, and treating clients within specified ranges of conditions and age, either in primary care/adult mental health settings or in a range of areas involving children, young people, and their families. CAPs also work closely with local communities to ensure services are accessible and equitable. As part of your role you will complete an MSc in either: Psychological Therapies in Primary Care OR Applied Psychology for Children and Young People. The standard MSc programme usually takes around one year to complete, and will incorporate a mix of theoretical, research-based, and practical/applied study.
Who can apply?
Applicants first need a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree (or conversion course) in Psychology. Applicants will need a at least six months of clinical experience (this can be in the NHS or in the voluntary sector). We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups within psychological professions.
When will CAPs jobs be advertised within SLAM?
Post will be advertised in the coming weeks and months. Please keep a look out for them via the NHS jobs website. We recommend setting up an alert so you do not miss them.
Where can I go for more information?
We held a webinar on 21/09/21 to provide more information about the posts, hear from different speakers, including an existing CAP within the Trust, as well as answer any questions from prospective applicants. Please use this link to access the presentation. See below for the recorded seminar.