Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum Inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Community Mental Health Teams provide specialist assessment, treatment, and recovery work for adults with a wide variety of severe and enduring mental health needs creating a stimulating and rewarding role of psychological therapists. The Trust has a strong commitment to the development of psychological work, and you will be part of a larger group of psychologists and psychological therapists working in the service and will receive regular supervision from a senior clinical psychologist. There are good CPD opportunities within the Trust.

You will be responsible for the cognitive behavioural therapy provision within the context of a multidisciplinary team including psychological assessment individual interventions and group work. Although embedded within the Putney and Roehampton Community Mental Health Team, you will deliver psychological interventions as a part of the centralised psychology service in Wandsworth and be supported through weekly meetings, peer, and individual supervision. You will also work closely with the psychologists and psychological therapists in the borough, deliver training to team members as relevant and undertake service evaluation, audit, and development.

Main duties of the job

To provide cognitive behaviour therapy to patients referred to the Adult Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) in Wandsworth. The post holder is expected to operate within recognised professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Wandsworth Adult Community Mental Health Teams' policies and procedures.

Successful candidates will be supported to attend Health Education England funded training in CBTp, FI psychosis and associated supervisor training if appropriate to their level of training.

Successful candidates will be supported to attend training to develop their leadership skills and competences.

The post-holders will be required at times to provide services at other Trust locations and in other community settings.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To provide CBT assessments of clients referred to the Adult Community Mental Health Teams based upon the appropriate use, interpretation, and integration of data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and semi-structured interviews. 2. To design and implement plans for the formal CBT treatment and/or management of a clients problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy. 3. To be responsible for implementing a range of individual, family and group interventions based upon evidence of treatment efficacy, and which rely primarily upon CBT models. 4. To evaluate and make decisions about CBT treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic CBT models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual or group. 5. To engage in the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients in liaison with the multi-disciplinary team. To provide specialist CBT advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan. 6. To contribute directly and indirectly to a CBT based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group. 7. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on CBT approaches to aspects of risk assessment and risk management. 8. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment and CBT treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of treatment.

Person Specification



  • BABCP Accreditation as CBT practitioner (or eligible and seeking accreditation)
  • Post graduate Diploma/Masters in CBT
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, clinical/counselling psychology


  • Post graduate diploma/certificate in CBT for psychosis



  • Experience of using evidence based psychological interventions for treatment of mild to moderate mental health conditions.
  • Experience of assessment and treatment of people with mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity, using evidence based psychological therapies, particularly CBT
  • Experience of providing individual CBT treatments and in facilitating therapeutic/psycho-educational groups
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring.
  • Experience in establishing diagnosis/psychological formulation
  • Experience of managing own caseload and time.


  • Experience of working in secondary mental health care in the NHS
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience of meeting agreed/specified service targets.
  • Lived experience of mental health problems and the capacity to use that experience to the benefit of patient care



  • Skilled in the use of CBT assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Advanced practitioner skills in CBT.
  • Knowledge of assessment for CBT.
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care.
  • Skills in the assessment and evaluation of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology.
  • 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 both within and outside the NHS


  • High-level knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of the psychological therapies for severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Queen Mary's Hospital

Roehampton Lane


SW15 5PN

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