North West Trainee Associate Psychologist Practitioner ICS Recruitment

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

We are really excited to announce that we are seeking to recruit 53 Trainee Associate Psychological Practitioners (TAPPs) across the North West region.

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust are co-ordinating the recruitment of these roles.

You will be employed at a band 4 level, work in clinical settings, under the supervision of a qualified psychological professional and engage in University study 1 day a week, based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Some University days will require attendance, whilst other days will be delivered remotely and study days may not require attendance at a specific site. You will be working towards completing a funded Postgraduate Diploma Associate Practitioner Psychology (PGDip APP). Upon completion of the placement and academic requirements (1 year), you will then qualify as a band 5 Associate Psychological Practitioner (APP).

We are working with 3 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in the North West:

  • Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership
  • Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Please see Region Roles for a detailed list of the roles available in the different regions.

**Please note as of 06/01 the Secondary Care roles within Lancashire and South Cumbria, 18:30pm 11/01 the Hospital based roles within Lancashire and South Cumbria and Cheshire and Wirral and 09:00am 15/01 Secondary Care in Manchester are now filled so DO NOT select these as your first preferences**

Main duties of the job

There are numerous TAPP job opportunities within these ICS areas and you will be asked to indicate your geographical preference and indicate your preference for type of service. Examples include, working in general practice (GP) settings, community settings, secondary care mental health teams, hospital settings and specialist teams to provide a psychological service. You will be expected to work within the setting and sometimes remotely, subject to service requirements.

You will be part of the second cohort of the TAPP programme. Our aim is to create a new career gateway for psychology graduates and to help tackle a shortage of psychological professionals in the NHS. We recognise there are many talented psychology graduates looking to work in the field of psychological healthcare, but very limited opportunities. We want to change that.

Whilst in training as a TAPP, you will be working towards meeting specific competencies, learning new skills and then applying them in clinical practice. Although the role will vary depending upon the service you are working within, the course will help you develop transferable skills and knowledge about how an Associate Psychological Practitioner will practice.

It is likely you will be work with clients to complete psychological assessments, formulations and interventions to meet presenting need, under the supervision of a qualified psychological professional. You will contribute to the psychological understanding of distress and behaviour.

About us

Roles across the North West region

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust are co-ordinating the recruitment of these 86 roles. There are 23 roles within the Cheshire, Wirral and Liverpool region, 31 roles within the Manchester and Pennine region and 32 roles within the Lancashire and South Cumbria region.

Please see the PDF in 'documents to download' for the full list of available roles and employing organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please note: When applying you will be asked to select your geographical location preference. Please indicate your first, second and third choice. If you do not select, or indicate that you would be happy to work in any of these three areas, then you will be allocated to where there is need.**

Vacancies are available in the following ICS areas, please select preferred options;

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria

  1. General practice settings/Primary care network (a group of GP practices) or primary care adult settings
  2. Secondary care team- such as a community mental health team (CMHT), older adult CMHT or HTT
  3. Hospital based setting- such as physical health teams, clinical health psychology

Cheshire and Merseyside

  1. General practice settings/ Primary care network (a group of GP practices)
  2. Secondary care team- such as a community mental health team (CMHT)
  3. Hospital based setting- such as staff wellbeing & support services, physical health teams

Greater Manchester

  1. General practice settings/ Primary care network (a group of GP practices)
  2. Secondary care team- such as a community mental health team (CMHT), early intervention team, learning disabilities service, child & adolescent mental health service (CAMHS)

We understand that it may be difficult to make this decision at this stage, particularly if you dont have a clear working knowledge about what different services do. Please find examples of what the TAPP job role in some of the available settings may look like in supporting information- A day in the life of a TAPP.

This provides us with an opportunity to take your preference into account. This information will not be used for short-listing and whilst, if successful at interview, we will seek to accommodate your preferences, this cannot be guaranteed. If you feel unable, then please just say unable to comment upon service preference at this stage.

In addition, if you have a strong preference for working with a particular client group (for example, those in crisis, children, older adults etc), or in a particular job role (listed above), then please make a note of this in the Supporting Statement section of your application form.

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be measured against this document. We will be aiming to interview from week commencing 31st January. If you are successful you will be required to complete your pre-employment checks ahead of the start date, which is 21st March 2022.

Closing date may be earlier due to number of applications received.


Person Specification



  • A minimum of a second class honours degree or higher in psychology
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society

Knowledge and Skills


  • Demonstrates an understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with psychological/mental health difficulties or other disabilities
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work across a number of different settings
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds and of different ages
  • An ability and confidence to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines
  • An ability to interact effectively with clients, family members/paid carers
  • Ability to undertake psychologically informed research projects under supervision



  • Some experience of working with people with who experience difficulties with mental health and/or physical health, either in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • Experience using computers for databases or data- analysis



  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively
  • Ability to undertake travel across a wide geographical area

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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Various locations


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Date posted

30 December 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 4


£22,549 to £24,882 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Base to be confirmed

Various locations


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