High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (HICBT)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Wells / Bridgwater
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about delivering CBT and looking for a new opportunity?

Our dynamic Somerset NHS Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression Service (previously IAPT) is currently expanding the CBT team. We have several opportunities available at band 7 on both permanent and fixed term contracts. Full time 37.5 hours per week based in either of our Bridgwater or Wells teams delivering face to face and remote Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Remote contract available for one year fixed term contract only.

WE ARE a busy Talking Therapies service in one of England's most desirable counties. Alongside CBT, we offer other time-limited Step 3 interventions (IPT, DIT, EMDR, Mindfulness) as well as Step 2 treatments, such as guided self help, therapeutic groups, webinars and a digital self-help portal.

WE PROVIDE effective and timely evidence-based therapies following the Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression model. We value patient outcomes and have a high recovery rate consistently above the national target . Our innovative assessment and treatment model means there is no wait for step 2 interventions and effective process for accessing step 3 interventions.

Main duties of the job

THE ROLE to provide high intensity CBT interventions, working with clients who suffer from a range of anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for which CBT is evidenced to be clinically effective. You will also be trained to provide duty cover to support other members of the team with clinical queries.Those with relevant experience and training clinically supervise other CBT therapists. We provide individual clinical supervision exceeding BABCP requirements in addition to group supervision. As recommended by BABCP newly qualified therapists receive a higher frequency and duration of supervision. Clinical supervisors routinely receive supervision of supervision.

WE VALUEContinuing Professional Development (CPD) and support our therapists to undertake relevant training based on their development needs and requirements of the service. These include NHS Talking Therapies training in Clinical Supervision, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT), Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (LTC-MUS) and 'top up' trauma focused Cognitive Therapy for PTSD.The wellbeing of our staff is paramount to the service. We support this through wellbeing champions in each of the teams offering a menu of wellbeing activities to choose from including thinking pit stops and mindfulness sessions regular team building away days managerial supervision and a dedicated trust colleague wellbeing and support service.

About us

BLENDED WORKING We provide CBT both remotely via video consultation and in person at venues across Somerset, therapists have a mixture of remote and venue based working within the team locality. Successful applicants would be expected to be flexible to adapt to patient and service need.

WE OFFER the opportunity to make a difference to the wellbeing of a diverse population and to work amidst supportive and friendly colleagues and dependable managerial and clinical leaders. Regular managerial support, clinical supervision, CPD opportunities, a generous relocation schemeand a secure pension plan are complemented by a range of additional benefits available under the NHS employment benefits scheme. We operate from and around four bases (Bridgwater, Chard, Taunton & Wells).

Many in our team have joined us from other parts of the country, not least because of the countless advantages life in Somerset can offer. Not far from bustling metropolitan areas such as Bath, Bristol, and Exeter or the beautiful seaside, the county is rich in stunning and tranquil locations. Many appreciate that the cost of living and housing is considerably lower here than in the city.

Job description

Job responsibilities

WE WELCOME applications from those who represent the diversity of our client group. As a trust we have a thriving Diversity Network (previously known as the BAME network) and as service we are working hard to ensure we follow the Talking Therapies BAME positive practice guide. We welcome applicants with all forms of diversity including those with lived experience of using mental health services.

WE WELCOME applications from various levels of experience, if you are:
  • Due to be qualifying shortly and actively working towards provisional BABCP accreditation and fully committed to achieving full accreditation as soon as possible*
  • Have recently qualified, applied for or been awarded provisional BABCP accreditation and ARE actively working towards full accreditation* or
  • Are an experienced CBT therapist fully accredited by BABCP.

*Applicants who dont currently hold BABCP accreditation - Please clearly evidence in the supporting information section how you meet BABCP accreditation standards. You will be required to bring this evidence to your interview, and if successful, to apply for accreditation on commencement of the post.We encourage you to ensure your application clearly demonstrates how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BABCP Accredited (score 2 if provisional and 4 if fully accredited)
  • Postgraduate diploma in CBT


  • Further post-qualification training e.g. clinical supervision, LTC-MUS, MBCT



  • Demonstrates awareness and application of supervision of others
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to Stepped Care and the National Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression framework.



  • Significant experience of working in a mental healthcare setting
  • Experience of delivering CBT to people with depression and anxiety disorders


  • Experience of working in an NHS Talking Therapies service

Skills and abilities


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by a well written application
  • Skills in developing and implementing focussed, time limited treatment plans, and supervising other clinicians to deliver the same.


  • Ability to provide clinical supervision.

Physical Skills


  • Car driver or access to transport to travel to locations throughout the organisation with appropriate business insurance (unless exempt under the equality act)

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Priory House / Glanville House

Wells / Bridgwater


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