“What is a Clinical Associate in Psychology and how can this new role contribute to transforming complex mental health services?

Find out in a webinar to be held on 20 July 2021, 11am-1pm

Dear colleague,

Many of you will already be aware of an exciting new role in psychology, the Clinical Associate in Psychology apprenticeship (CAP), which has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and the ESFA, and is accredited by the BPS.  

As you know, we need to build the psychology workforce at pace to meet the demands of The Mental Health Implementation Plan and unfolding Community Mental Health Transformation plans. The CAP has been specifically designed to meet the need for a psychology role at a sufficient level of skill and competence to support these plans, and be flexible enough to address recruitment issues in all services providing for people with severe and enduring mental health problems (such as EIP, In-patient wards, CYP services, Eating Disorders, OPMH and LD, amongst others).  

More than 50 CAPs have already completed their training in apprenticeship pilots and more than 150 are currently being trained across HEI and NHS Main Providers who are on the National Framework for approved providers of CAP apprenticeships. We know of another three courses starting imminently, which will bring the annual training scope to around 200 or more.

The CAP role provides a fantastic opportunity to close the gaps in the Clinical Psychology (and perhaps other applied psychologists) provision pathway and uses the apprenticeship levy to offer workable solutions to many problems that currently face us, such as enhancing diversity in the workforce, developing skills focused on intervention and service needs, improving choice in the workforce, and improving access to psychological interventions for complex MH needs.

We have presenters from the IfA, Training institutions, BPS, HEE, provider organisations and the CAP Trailblazer Group who will provide information on the role, recruitment, training, accreditation and implementation of CAP apprentices, and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please let colleagues know about this invite – CPPOs, Psychological Service Leads, MH commissioners, workforce Directors, Trainers, and potential CAP graduates.

Draft agenda for the webinar is:

  1. Introduction and welcome
  2. View from Services
  3. Apprentice standards/Skills for Health and BPS accreditation
  4. View from Trainers
  5. View from CAPs and CAP trainees/apprentices
  6. View from service users
  7. Roundtable Q & A

You can join the webinar through the following link (and forward this invite to others):  


We look forward to seeing you, and taking any of your questions.


On behalf of the CAP Trailblazer Group and Group of Trainers in CAPs