High Intensity CBT Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a., pro rata for part-time
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Job summary

Calling all CBT Therapists...

Do you want to work in a beautiful coastal town close to 7 miles of sandy beaches and the New Forest national park on the doorstep? Bournemouth has great transport links, including rail, coach, and close links to the M3 ,lead to London and the south coast in under two hours.

Due to expansion we have an exciting opportunity for a qualified CBT therapist to join our fantastic team in Bournemouth!

We are looking for CBT therapists with energy, enthusiasm, and a high level of clinical skill to join Bournemouth & Christchurch Steps to Wellbeing. All staff will work as part of a team, and receive regular clinical supervision.

Experience of working within the NHS or similar organisation is highly desirable.

Steps 2 Wellbeing is part of the national IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) talking therapies service. The Bournemouth & Christchurch team prides itself on providing quality therapy for the community we serve.

We also have an excellent continuing professional development programme which is included as part of your role.

Bournemouth & Christchurch provide an integrated service offering interventions in both CORE CBT and long term health conditions. There will be opportunities for all staff to complete their Long-Term Health Conditions training.

Main duties of the job

Qualified candidates holding full BABCP accreditation will be appointed at Band 7. Qualified candidates who do not yet hold BABCP accreditation, but who are working towards it, can be appointed at Band 6 ['Preceptee Therapist']; and these roles have a reduced and triaged caseload, and will receive additional support. Decisions about which role candidates holding Provisional BABCP accreditation would be more suited to, will be made depending on experience.

Good administrative, time management and communication skills are also essential.

The Steps 2 Wellbeing service prides itself on being innovative and is passionate about development. We promote opportunities for career development and on-going professional development including training in Long Term Health Conditions and other modalities of treatment such as EMDR, and Mindfulness.

Successful candidates will provide both one to one and group high intensity CBT within a stepped care model for adults with common mental health problems, including depression and a range of anxiety disorders.

We currently provide hybrid working of both face to face and some remote work.

Applications from candidates looking for both for full andpart time hours are encouraged as there is flexibility in the positions available.

We aim to offer a wide range of clinical times to our clients, and to support this all staff are required to work one evening per week to 8pm (Monday-Thursday).

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact dhc.wideningparticipation@nhs.net to access the support.

Person Specification

Business Travel


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Educational Requirements / Qualifications


  • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology
  • Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course [Post Graduate Diploma]
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of- nursing, social work, occupational therapy or a psychological therapy plus further post graduate qualification training in CBT.
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • Accreditation with appropriate professional body (HPC, BABCP).


  • Evidence of commitment to ongoing professional development

Skills / Experience / Knowledge base


  • Demonstrated experience of working in mental health services with clients who present with a range of mental health issues and degrees of complexity.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrated high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients their families/carers and other professional colleagues.
  • Has received training [formal or through experience] and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice.
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Demonstrates and understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health/benefits and employment systems.
  • Demonstrates and understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and other relevant legislation.


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services.
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Trained in provision of supervision for CBT
  • Completed clinical audits within a service.
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems.

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships.
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality.
  • Ability to be self reflective whilst working with service users and in own personal and professional development and in supervision.
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system.
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively.

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