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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist - Long Covid Rehabilitation

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Specialist Business Unit of Leeds Community HealthCare NHS Trust. We are looking to recruit an experienced qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to join us in our supportive multidisciplinary team, delivering the best care we can for our patients. LCH is an organisation that strongly promotes individual development and encourages opportunities to develop your skills.

Working alongside the award winning Long Covid rehabilitation team, successful candidates will provide assessment and delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy counselling and support to patients suffering with symptoms of Long Covid. This will be via a combination of 1:1 appointments (face to face, telephone, virtual) as well as facilitating virtual group sessions. We offer the successful candidate a flexible role which supports a hybrid model of working from clinics across the city and from home.

We would consider applications on a 12 month secondment/fixed term basis.

Main duties of the job

You must be able to demonstrate an awareness and understanding of treating patients with long term conditions. You must be able to demonstrate that you have the ability to work within a newly developing multi-disciplinary team and be able to implement change in response to the changing picture of COVID 19.

The role will include working with people in clinics based across the city, as well as delivering treatment virtually with online educational programs and appointments. Therefore, we are looking for someone who is flexible, adaptable and able to travel independently with access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

You should be a team player whilst also being comfortable with working autonomously. You should also have excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Sound IT skills are essential.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated \Good, with our Adult Services rated \Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Utilises highly developed specialised knowledge covering a range of procedures and underpinned by relevant broad based knowledge, experience and competence

1.2. Where appropriate to service delivery, demonstrates highly developed physical skills requiring accuracy and dexterity e.g. moving and handling techniques, clinical procedures, diagnostic tests

1.3. Demonstrates independent practice responding to social, scientific, clinical and ethical issues which are encountered

1.4. Makes complex judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options by integrating complex knowledge sources in new and/or unfamiliar contexts

1.5. Responsible for clinical pathways appropriate to field of work

1.6. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of self care and empowerment

1.7. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a highly specialist standard

1.8. Prioritises their own workload and that of the wider team within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.9. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.10. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all aspects of role including the management of complaints and compliments.

1.11. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

2. Leadership

2.1. Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all time, thereby acting as a role model to all staff

2.2. Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness; effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s), management team and other key individuals across the organisation.

2.3. Ensures the effective and efficient use of resources e.g. staff, supplies within their own sphere of responsibility.

2.4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation in contexts which are unfamiliar, complex, and unpredictable that require solving problems involving many interacting factors

2.5. Demonstrates the ability to delegate, organise and prioritise workload to ensure the safe delivery of the service including the management of referrals and discharges utilising locally agreed support mechanisms e.g. on call manager and making judgements in complex situations

2.6. Demonstrates resilience when responding to challenge, change and complex or difficult situations

2.7. Demonstrates clinical leadership, initiative and creativity in developing projects inspiring others to be positive in their contribution to continuous improvement

2.8. Clearly articulates the expected clinical standards of the service, monitors and identifies where standards are not met and takes action to address

2.9. Ensures that all objectives, for self and those directly responsible for, are clearly defined within the wider Directorate framework and in line with Trusts objectives, using the appraisal process as a vehicle for this.

2.10. Takes responsibility for their own and others health and safety in the working environment.

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration


  • Specific CPD modules relevant to specialist field
  • Leadership and management qualification



  • Experience in the specialist clinical field
  • Experience in the supervision and management of other staff


  • Working in community or primary care based teams

Skills and Attributes


  • IT skills including MS Teams
  • Advanced verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients / carers and managing conflict when appropriate
  • Lead / contribute to research activities relevant to clinical area


  • SystmOne skills

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