Clinical Associate Psychology (CAP) Level 7 Integrated Degree (MSc)

The Clinical Associate Psychologist (CAPs) course has been established to meet the new role that is supported via the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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The apprenticeship programme trains people to work in and contribute to adult mental health services in the NHS.  The role has been designed for practitioners to deliver psychological assessments and treatments and systemic/ organisational work under the supervision of an HCPC registered clinical psychologist.  The CAPS programme is accessible through the apprenticeship levy, with up to 100% of funding available to eligible organisations; non-levy paying organisations have to contribute 5% of the negotiated cost.

Course Information

Duration 18 months – full time (This course is not offered part time)
Start Date tbc, annually
Compulsory Modules

There are six compulsory modules;

  1. The social and health care context,
  2. Assessment and formulation,
  3. Intervention,
  4. Research and service evaluation,
  5. Clinical competency 
  6. The end point assessment. 

The end point assessment is a feature of all apprenticeships and this is placed 15-18 months into the programme once all academic assessments are completed and the apprentice has been assessed as competent and ready by their clinical supervisor.     

Placement As part of the apprenticeship training, the post-holder will work under clinical and managerial supervision in their employing service.  They will be working in the service for three days per week and in the University for two days per week.
Entry Requirments

The entry requirements are to pass the NHS selection process in each participating NHS Trust.

Qualifications Required Undergraduate degree (2:1 or higher) in Psychology
Course content/ aims The core aim of the programme is to produce skilled, compassionate and competent clinical associate psychologists that can consistently contribute to the mental health of service users and also improve the service that is offered.  CAPs should be able to deliver a range of psychological interventions to a high standard.  The six modules run at the same time and apprentice CAPS have access to weekly 1-2-1 clinical supervision in the NHS and access to group clinical supervision and academic tutoring in the University.
How to Apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through NHS services recruiting apprentice CAPs and not directly through the University of Sheffield. Posts are typically advertised by services on NHS jobs websites or equivalent.

Teaching and Assessment

There is a two-week induction block that introduces the role and the expectations.  The two days teaching each week are a mixture of lectures, experiential role play, practical exercises and small group discussions. All the teaching is delivered by HCPC registered clinical psychologists or suitably qualified professionals. 

Guided independent study is also expected to take place.  Apprentices are assessed through the following mediums:

  • written work, (case studies and reflections),
  • practical exams,
  • presentations,
  • ratings of recordings of clinical practice,
  • submission of a Practice Portfolio. 
Careers Clinical Associate Psychologist in the NHS

Enquiries can be directed to the course administrator at cap@sheffield.ac.uk and further information about the CAPs role and training can be found at the below link.