Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (CAAP Adult)
University Hospital Crosshouse

Job reference: 027225

Location: University Hospital Crosshouse

Job closing date: 10/08/2020

Job posted date: 27/07/2020

Salary: Band 7 (£39,300 - £46,006)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Allied Health Professions

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Psychology

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Ayrshire & Arran

In support of our core purpose of Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran we are committed to a culture that is Caring Safe and Respectful. The post holder is required to work collaboratively in a safe, caring and respectful way.

The post-holder will be part of the East Ayrshire Adult Mental Health Psychological Specialty which is part of the Ayrshire & Arran Psychological Service.  The Psychological Service comprises of approx 100 staff including Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Nurse Specialists in CBT, Clinical associates in Applied Psychology, Counsellors, Graduate Assistant Psychologists and Master and Doctoral Psychology Trainees. The Psychological Service delivers area-wide psychological provision through the Professional Lead for Psychological Services and two Heads of Specialty and Consultant Psychology Leads across the Psychological Specialties.

The post will be based within the East Ayrshire Primary Care Mental Health Team (PCMHT).  The PCMHT has a skill-mix with the Primary Care Mental Health Nurses and Self-Help Workers being line managed by the PCMHT Team Leader; and the Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology and Counsellors line managed by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist. 

The post-holder will provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence based Psychological Therapies to adults presenting with common mental health problems. The team operates a brief model of care with General Practitioners being the primary referrers. Clinics are held in a number of premises throughout East Ayrshire. There will be opportunities for teaching, training and supervision of other health professionals and the post-holder will work closely with colleagues both from the Psychological Specialty (when engaging in tasks such as assessment and vetting of referrals) and also from the wider mental health service.

In order to support clinicians in the delivery of their role the Psychological Services places a strong emphasis on governance and CPD and has excellent opportunities for training and access to special interest/professional Groups. The service has close links with the University of Glasgow, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Course and the University of Stirling/Dundee, MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care Course.

The applicant must be a car owner/driver. They must have successfully attained MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care and be accreditable or accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Hours – 37.5, Fixed Term until 31 Mach 2021

For informal enquiries, please contact:  Karen Porter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, East Ayrshire CMH, Telephone 01563 826340, Email

Closing Date:  Monday 10th August 2020


The closing date for this job has now passed.