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CBT Therapist /Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year per annum including HCAs
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Are you passionate about providing evidenced based psychological therapy to people struggling with a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety and depression? Do you want to develop personally and professionally, through regular high-quality individual supervision, and a range of team activities and ongoing CPD opportunities including specialist therapy trainings as available (e.g. IPT, DIT, EMDR, training in CBT for Long Term Conditions)?

This is a role within the Haringey's well established Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT).

We are committed in developing our staff and developing specialist areas of clinical expertise through supervision, training and research opportunities, service development projects and reflective spaces. We are looking for a diverse workforce so we particularly welcome staff members who are able to speak and work in languages that reflect the diverse communities in our borough.

We are also mindful that working in a fast-paced service with people experiencing psychological distress can be challenging and we proactively support all our staff. We encourage flexible working and staff are encouraged to negotiate a working pattern that allows for a good work life balance.

All staff are required to work part of the week in a Haringey location with part of the week being worked from home.

Full and part time roles available.

Whittington Health Community Services has been rated OUTSTANDING by the CQC.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists with experience of working with adults with a range of mental health difficulties to join our successful, well established and supportive IAPT team. You will be providing assessment and high intensity psychological interventions. Our service has well established pathways for people with Long Term conditions (LTC) and we offer specialist LTC training to our therapists when available.

You will also offer (or work towards offering) supervision to trainees, and advice, consultation and training within the service, as well as having the opportunity to contribute towards shaping and developing our service by taking the lead in a specific area of interest.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
  • Assess clients for suitability for CBT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for the IAPT service, to refer to manager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case
  • Contribute to diagnostic decisions and advise on the suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
  • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Completed a PG Diploma in CBT or in High Intensity (IAPT Pathway) and be accredited with the BABCP or a registered doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology, with PG level training in CBT with BABCP accreditation

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training in, and carried out, risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients


  • Experience supervising other CBT clinicians.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Experience of providing evidence based psychological interventions (in particular CBT)
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Demonstrates an understanding (and formal training) 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
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Experience in teaching and liaising with other professionals
  • Experience in establishing diagnoses
  • Experience in using IAPTUS
  • Experience of working in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision


  • Fluent in languages other than English, in particular common languages in Haringey such as Turkish and Spanish
  • Able to integrate training into practice

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Crouch End Health Centre

45 Middle Lane


N8 8PH

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