Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to offer a number of training roles within NHS Talking Therapies (previously known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)). As a trainee you will work within the NHS Berkshire Talking Therapies service providing high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. This intensive training post will equip you to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of complex problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. You will work in the service for three days of the week using your newly developed skills whilst attending the training programme for the other two days.

The start date will be September 2023 and this cohort will be attending Reading University in person.

Main duties of the job

About you/you will have:
  • Core profession as defined by the BABCP. Please seebabcp.comfor a list of core professions OR
  • Relevant professional background with experience which meets the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSA) portfolio criteria, please refer tobabcp.comfor details
  • If you are a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or similar HEE/NHSE funded professional, you will have two years post-qualification experience

Work base:

This post is for positions within EAST or WEST Berkshire. For the EAST your work base will be in either Bracknell, Maidenhead or Slough. For WEST Berkshire your work base will be in Newbury, Reading or Wokingham. Please let us know in your supporting statement which would be your preferred location.

Before making your application please read the 'additional information sheet' attached. Previous applicants need not apply.

About us

Main duties of the job
  • Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post.
  • Apply learning from the training programme in practice.
  • Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.
  • Assess clients for suitability for CBT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for a trainee therapist, they will refer to manager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case.
  • 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.
  • Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. BPS,UKCP, BABCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).
  • Apply for BABCP accreditation within 4 weeks of results being ratified by the university.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working pattern + Service operating hours:

Monday to Thursday 8am 8pm and Friday 8am 5pm. You will work 3 days a week in the service. Upon qualification 1 of your working days will be a late shift (12-8pm).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The 3 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Relevant Honours Degree (e.g. psychology, mental health, etc.) graded at 2.2 or above
  • Core profession as defined by the BABCP. Please seeBABCP | British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapiesfor a list of core professions and parts of KSA for identified professions. Please see:Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (

  • OR

    Two years post-qualification experience as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (E)

    AND ability to be able to complete the relevant sections of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio prior to entry onto the programmeKnowledge Skills and Attitudes (

    OR A relevant professional background and experience which meets the KSA criteria (see declaration on application form)Knowledge Skills and Attitudes ( AND ability to be able to complete a full KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio prior to entry onto the programme.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with clients suffering with common mental health problems

  • If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please dont hesitate to email Rachael Hedges at wholl be delighted to help.

    Person Specification



    • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy. OR Evidence using the career framework of training in mental health and experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
    • Two years postqualification experience as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Demonstrable experience of working with clients suffering with common mental health problems
    • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
    • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers


    • Experience of working in Primary Care Services

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Computer literate
    • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post

    Additional Requirement


    • To work flexibly within and outside of office hours
    • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    IAPT Health Education England, London House

    London Road


    RG12 2UT

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