CBT Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Norfolk community eating disorder service is a specialised team caring for adults with an eating disorder. We are currently expanding our pathways and have received significant investment into our service making it an exciting time to join NCEDS.

We are looking for a psychological therapist to help lead the provision of NICE recommended treatments specifically CBT / MANTRA / SSCM / CAT alongside other therapies relevant to the treatment of eating disorders.

The successful candidate will work as part of a high specialised multi-disciplined team. Previous eating disorder experience is desirable but not essential as training can be provided.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the Norfolk Community Eating Disorder Service offering specialist assessment, formulation and psychological therapy to patients with eating disorders across the county of Norfolk.

The post holder will be expected to work as an independent psychological therapist carrying a caseload of clients. The post-holder will be involved in the clinical management of patients and ensure close liaison with eating disorder inpatient units, acute hospitals and 3rd sector partners.

The post-holder will be to provide advice, training, support and supervision to staff in other agencies in the care and management of individuals with eating disorders

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To deliver NICE recommended psychological therapies informed by individual need and which utilise the appropriate range of cognitive behavioural theoretical and therapeutic models.
  • To continually monitor and evaluate the psychological interventions provided, employing service specific outcome measures as required, reformulating and adjusting hypotheses and interventions as new information becomes available and liaising effectively with other professionals involved.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within NCEDS.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of clients and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to patients / clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients /clients under their care
  • To provide specialist professional contributions to relevant multi-agency clinical meetings.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management when working directly with clients and to provide advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management, relating to the client and to others.
  • To produce reports on patients/ clients, in a timely manner, that conveys the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers. To ensure that these reports are put in all appropriate medical notes both in the base and network
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients within the service and, where appropriate, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • Working closely with acute colleagues adhering to MEED guidance and working closely with our third sector partners, Eating Matters.

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • Recognised core Mental Health Professional Qualification. (i.e. Registered Mental Nurse; Social Worker or Occupational Therapist) or equivalent KSA portfolio.
    • Experience of, and training in evidence-based psychological interventions (e.g. CBT / MANTRA, SSCM, Family based Therapies)
    • Clinical qualifications and accreditation in a recognised psychological therapy relevant to the treatment of eating disorders e.g. BABCP, BACP, ACAT or UKCP


    • Evidence of post qualification development
    • Post qualification training/development in a psychological therapy (e.g. CBT / MANTRA, SSCM, Family Therapy).



    • Knowledge and experience of working with clients with eating disorders.
    • Proven experience of good multi-agency working relationships
    • Experience of working with a psychological model
    • Evidence of supervision training and experience.
    • Experience of managing own workload to meet objectives.


    • Experience of training others.
    • Experience of service development.
    • Experience of working with the families of people with eating disorders
    • Experience of working within the CPA framework / Care co-ordination of complex cases.

    Skills and Abilities


    • Effective use of Supervision.
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of service users across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community and primary care setting
    • Ability to promote service user involvement
    • Experience of conducting effective risk management assessments.
    • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good interteam/interagency working relationships
    • Ability to demonstrate initiative and be proactive.
    • Demonstrate ability to be approachable, flexible and reliable.
    • Committed to personal and team development


    • Evidence of continuing professional development

    Knowledge and Understanding


    • Knowledge of working with clients with eating disorders. oKnowledge of NICE Guidance in the treatment of eating disorders
    • Knowledge of NICE Guidance in the treatment of eating disorders



    • Demonstrate an understanding and acceptance and commitment to the principles underlying equal opportunities. Ability to travel between different locations
    • Ability to travel between different locations

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