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East London FT, Essex Partnership University FT and Sheffield Health and Social Care FT

Clinical Associate in Psychology: An Apprenticeship Model for a Future Sustainable and Diverse Psychology Workforce

The NHS needs to increase the psychology workforce by 60 per cent by 2024. Yet in England in 2020 only 18 per cent of psychology graduates were accepted on to clinical psychology courses via traditional training routes. To address this, a Trailblazer Group was established in 2018 bringing together clinical psychology leads from three NHS trusts. The CAP apprenticeship programme was created, with a vision to build a sizeable, sustainable, diverse psychology workforce representative of communities themselves. Partnerships with universities to develop locally sensitive training courses alongside strategic workforce plans have been developed.

NHSE/HEE formally welcomed CAP into the family of psychological professions in 2022. “This was a very powerful and practical workforce initiative which hits the purpose of this award on the head,” said judges.

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