The national development of the Clinical Associate in Psychology degree apprenticeship, which UEA has played a key part in establishing, has won the Workforce Initiative of the Year Award at the Annual Health Service Journal Awards 2022.
A Degree Apprenticeship programme based in MED has been a key stakeholder in the national development of a new NHS profession that has just won a highly prestigious Health Service Journal award.
Associate Professor Dr Paul Fisher, Programme Director of the Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) Masters Degree Apprenticeship represented UEA and the wider East Anglia at the invited Award Ceremony in London on 17 November.
The Workforce Initiative of the Year Award was presented to a consortium of NHS trusts and their partners, including UEA, for the development of the Clinical Associate in Psychology workforce. The Award was in recognition of the CAP model of training a developing a sustainable and diverse psychology workforce for the NHS.
UEA has played a led role in the development of CAPS since its inception and Dr Fisher is Co-Chair of the Group of Trainers in CAP, a national group of all training providers. This group has driven the expansion of CAP training across multiple regions in England.
On announcing the winner and presenting the Award the Judges commented that CAP represented ‘A very powerful and practical workforce initiative which hits the purpose of this award on the head’.
The Judges also recognised that this collaborative workstream ‘has brought different professions together, from different providers, to find solutions to entrenched recruitment problems’.
The UEA CAP programme, which was also the first Degree Apprenticeship programme in MED, continues to expand. Having admitted its first cohort in December 2021 it secured funding a second cohort with its NHS partners in September 2022. To date the UEA programme has focused on developing staff to work with adults with mental health problems. As a flexible training model the CAP team at UEA is working collaboratively with NHS providers and commissioners to explore the development of a training route working with Children and Young People with mental health difficulties, for the third cohort of Apprentices. This would ensure that young people can also benefit from this new NHS profession.
Dr Paul Fisher said, “We are delighted that CAP has won this important award and thankful to our many partners and collaborators across local NHS services who have continued to support the development of the CAP profession in this region and across the country”.