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HEE: Population Health Fellowship  

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NEW PROGRAMME:  NIHR CRN: Early Career Development Pathway - North West Coast ONLY

NEW PROGRAMME:  NIHR CRN: Early Career Development Pathway - North West Coast ONLY

A unique opportunity for early career researchers.  Open to the North West Coast Region only.

  • Are you a Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional with a passion for research?

  • Do you have the drive and ambition to be a future research leader?

For further details and how to apply please see the NIHR Clinical Research Network NW Coast information page.

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

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Register now: North West IAPT Leadership & Innovation Forum Event 2019

North West IAPT Leadership & Innovation Forum Event 2019: ‘Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Communities: Hard to Reach Groups or Hard to Reach Services?' - 2nd October, 2019 - King's House Conference Centre, Manchester

For the event programme, please click here or to register your place, click here.

The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award

The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award: inspiring the next generation of NHS leaders 2019/20

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Upcoming Dec 19/Jan 2020 HCUK Events - Mental Health

CONFERENCES

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New Roles in Psychological Professions - Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) Workshop

New Roles in Psychological Professions

There has been considerable interest in the potential of psychology graduates to be part of the health and care workforce.

The Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) role is a role with potential to support workforce development in the Psychological Professions.

CAPs initially developed in Scotland where the role is specific either to adults with common mental health problems (similar to IAPT) or children and families.  More recently, Exeter University in partnership with Cornwall Partnerships FT, have trailblazed the CAP role along with the development of a bespoke training programme, to address workforce recruitment problems in the South west of England. 

CAPs train for one year at Masters Level and once qualified operate at a Band 6 level. The CAPs must be supervised by a clinical psychologist and are trained to deliver assessment, formulation and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The vision for the CAP role is to create a new workforce to bridge the gap between graduate psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, developing the career pathway for graduate psychologists whilst enabling services to innovatively meet patient needs. CAPs are a unique way to address the psychology and wider mental health recruitment challenges.

The Apprenticeship Standard for CAPs is in the process of being approved and from January 2020 the Master’s Level Training Fees will be available to organisations through the Apprenticeship Levy.

In the North West and across the North of England there is growing interest in the potential of these roles. 

The PPN has organised a workshop on the 7th November 2019, 1pm – 5pm at the King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester. 

The  workshop will provide an opportunity for Psychological Professions’ Leads, Service Managers, Workforce Planners, Commissioners and Education Providers to come together to explore opportunities to develop this role in the North West.

Information will be available about the role and how the apprenticeship standard can provide an effective development route.

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For registration, please use the link here.

Please distribute through your networks and forward to colleagues.

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust will be holding 3 Stakeholder events across the North to explore the role of the Assistant Practitioner within Mental Health and invite you to attend one of the these events.  Please find attached a draft agenda for each event with further details.

Events will be held as follows:-

25th September 2019 - Manchester – 13:00 – 16:00

26th September 2019 - Leeds – 13:00 – 16:00

3rd October 2019 - Newcastle – 11:00 – 15:00

In order to secure your place, please email Kay Helliwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as soon as possible with your name and the event you wish to attend by COP 20/09/19.  Please note places are limited to 1 per organisation.

HEE & Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust: Training funding opportunity

Training funding opportunity

Building on the ‘The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVfMH)’ and ‘Stepping Forward to 2020/2021, The Mental Health Workforce Plan for England’, Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering funding packages to NHS and NHS Commissioned Providers of Mental Health services interested in transforming their workforce through the role of a ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioner'.

‘The Assistant Practitioner’ is a 2 year Higher Apprenticeship, with 1 day on training release at university. Therefore, the funding model will look to draw from the organisation’s apprenticeship Levy supplemented by a training grant provided by HEE. In the case of Non-Levy paying organisations, HEE will provide a funding package. For more information on the recruitment timeline, click here.

This intake is available for 2019/2020 across the North of England starting in January 2020 with a limited number of places. Training providers will be available across the North in each of the STP areas and will be announced shortly.

Candidates can be recruited internally or externally, however they will need to meet the HEI entry requirements. Please see the attached criteria.

To submit an Expression of Interest please complete the form in the attached Link.

Please note that the application deadline is Friday 25th October 2019 COP.

Trial Coordinator Post for HTA funded study on Trauma and Psychosis

Trial Coordinator Post for HTA funded study on Trauma and Psychosis

Please see the post details and how to apply via this NHS jobs link.  The deadline is Friday 13th September with interviews planned for 2nd October.