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Trainee High Intensity Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
In the role of Trainee High Intensity Therapist with Durham and Darlington Talking Therapies, you will work within the County Durham and Darlington locality, delivering psychological therapies both face to face and remotely.

You will be expected to attend University teaching each week alongside working in service. During your time in service, you will be delivering treatment appointments and engaging in regular Clinical Supervision.

You will attend Teesside University to undertake an 18 month Post Grad CBT qualification.

On completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

We accept applications from non-core professionals as long as they can evidence 14 of the knowledge skills and attitudes criteria outlined on the BABCP website. If they are invited for interview, they must present this at this stage of the process and have it completed by the time the course starts.

You must be able to demonstrate the ability to work within a high volume, performance managed service, manage your own caseload and time and be an effective communicator both in written and verbal communication

This is a training contract and therefore subject to you successfully completing the course.

You may be required to work up until 8pm three evening per week depending on service need. Standard working applies - Mon - Fri, 37.5 hours per week.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include:
  • Attending University to complete relevant qualification
  • Engaging in self directed study
  • Offering CBT based interventions to patients presenting with common mental health difficulties

About us

NHS Durham & Darlington Talking Therapies is a well-established Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service and has been providing psychological interventions to those residing in the County Durham and Darlington area since 2010. We are a joint venture of three experienced local and national providers of psychological therapies with a strong track record of success. It is led by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Mental Health Matters (MHM) and Sunderland Counselling Service (SCS).

The service has continued to develop new and innovative ways of supporting those patients presenting with common mental health difficulties, forming strong links with other supporting services in the area

We pride ourselves on helping people achieve good mental and physical well-being and live life to the full.

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 a trainee therapist to refer to manager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case.

Make decisions on 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 the CBT model and conceptualisation 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.Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.

Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocolsWork closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.

Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.

Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post.Apply learning form the training programme in practice

Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.

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).

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.

All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology, a recorded/registered qualification in one of - nursing, social work, occupational therapy plus further post graduate qualification in CBT. OR Significant experience working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • Significant experience meeting Knowledge Skills Attitudes (as defined at at a level required for BABCP accreditation.



  • 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 writing reports, letters, etc.


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Skills & Competencies


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



  • Demonstrates an understanding 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

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Lanchester Road Hospital



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