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CBT Therapist/Psychological Practitioner/Psychologist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

1post - Band 7 (8a with preceptorship), 37.5 hours per week

We are seeing a motivated psychological practitioner who is able to offer a number of therapeutic interventions to patients who require specialist psychological support to manage their psychological difficulties related to physical health.

You will have demonstrable skills and expertise in successfully delivering individual and group interventions to support a number of psychological conditions.

You will work initially within the PPSS/FF service, though it is likely that development opportunities and/or service needs will require that you offer sessions into other related services, such as long term conditions, Long Covid, chronic pain and high intensity healthcare users (familiar faces).

This post will contribute to this service aim and promote:
  • Collaborative work with other professionals
  • Excellent quality care
  • Training and supervision
  • Promotion of Health and Wellbeing

Main duties of the job

As a specialist clinician and expert within your discipline the post holder will be required to:
  • Provide a highly specialised psychological therapy and assessment
  • Offer clinical supervision and support to other psychological practitioners working within the service
  • Develop and engage in audit and research and service evaluation

The service places a high value on compassion towards self, colleagues and service users. The potholder would be expected to work in accordance with this.

Work is guided by precedent and clearly defined policies, protocols, procedures and codes of conduct. The post holder is expected to work independently, using their discretion about when to refer to their manager.

EMDR and CFT Training is desired, but not essential. Where not already obtained, these core clinical skills would form the basis of preceptorship.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Registered with the regulatory body eg. BABPC or HCPC as:
  • Either Clinical Psychologist HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. BPS Accredited Clinical Psychology Training
  • or Counselling Psychologist HCPC registered Counselling Practitioner Psychologist, with two years clinical practice in working with patients with health problems and long term conditions
  • or Cognitive Behavioural Therapist With completed appropriate training in CBT therapy, eg Diploma, accredited by the BABCP, and equivalent to a Doctoral degree or higher level of professional knowledge, training and experience
  • Further training or experience in the specialist field.
  • Prepared to undertake a substantial Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialized areas of psychological practice, at least equivalent to a post-graduate diploma, or equivalent professional development.


  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychological interventions.
  • Post-qualification training in evidence based therapies eg. EMDR, CFT, ACT.
  • Core Profession (eg. Mental Health Nurse, Practitioner Psychologist or Mental Health Social Worker.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, e.g. outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with clients with wide range of psychological problems, e.g. community mental health, long term conditions.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, typically across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience in the area of service of this post
  • Experience of the application of psychological approaches in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with groups of service users
  • Experience of team working



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in clients with and emotional distress
  • Highly specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies, for example EMDR, ACT, CFT or CBT
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis in psychological intervention.


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of current local and national drivers and models for services and developments within the NHS
  • Knowledge of the biopsychosocial model and its application in a clinical setting.

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in spoken and written communication of complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional individuals and groups
  • A commitment to working in a compassionate way with colleagues and clients alike
  • Awareness of one's own psychological health and the capacity to take responsibility for appropriate preventative and/or therapeutic strategies
  • Ability to use computers efficiently for word processing and Email. Knowledge of Microsoft Office functions and a willingness to further develop these as required.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.


  • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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