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CBT Therapist

Livewell Southwest CIC
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be offering an opportunity for CBT or EMDR therapist to work within the Psychotherapy service. We are seeking highly motivated mental health professionals to join our CBT/EMDR team at Plymouth Psychotherapy service.

You should have experience of liaising closely with GPs, CMHTs & other statutory & third sector organisations. You should also have a proven track record of working with those experiencing difficulties in their mental health.

The role is open to individuals with a BABCP recorded/registered Core profession (see e.g. MH Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychologist, Arts therapy & accredited counsellors (MBACP).

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

Job Share(s) Considered

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

Main duties of the job

  • To provide and develop specialist CBT and/or EMDR services to people across Plymouth within secondary mental health care.
  • To assess and provide treatment for individuals referred by CMHTs and others as appropriate
  • To provide CBT/EMDR supervision to Livewell Southwest staff
  • To provide CBT training in partnership with the University as well as core training for Livewell in CBT/EMDR support.
  • To support the Lead Professionals or Service Manager on issues relating to CBT/EMDR services and ensure that national guidelines are adhered to.
  • Promote and participate in professional reflection and Clinical Supervision.
  • To ensure accurate record keeping for the referral process and interventions using the agreed information systems.
  • To work with the other senior clinicians to provide relevant information and data to Livewell, primary care, team and service manager and professional leads as required.
  • To attend the agreed meetings, liaising with the Clinical Lead, supervisor and Service manager on matters of service development.
  • To work with senior colleagues to utilize research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the service and the mental health service, and to disseminate this information widely.
  • The post does not have any budgetary or managerial responsibilities other than the appropriate use of Livewell resources.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide a specialist CBT/EMDR assessment and treatment service for individuals, couples, families, carers and groups, city wide.
  • To provide services, advice and support to other areas of Livewell Southwest as required.
  • To contribute to the delivery and the development of clinical services through collaboration with professional staff and other disciplines.
  • Maintain appropriate clinical records in line with Livewell Southwest policy.
  • To encourage consultation by users, LSW staff, GP, Social Services, the Inpatient Units and others working within local services.
  • To contribute to a programme of continual professional development for Psychotherapy and CBT providers across Livewell Southwest.
  • To teach, as required, on professional courses within the Mental Health Service and at the University of Plymouth.
  • To prepare and deliver CBT training across the SW Peninsula in partnership with Plymouth University.
  • To supervise trainees on placement as appropriate.
  • To contribute to a programme of continuing professional development for Psychotherapy providers across the organisation.
  • To keep up to date with current evidenced based treatments and be involved in research as agreed with your line manager.
  • To conduct research and evaluation relevant to the provision of Psychotherapy services and more widely as required.
  • To participate in the regular use of CORE as an audit and outcome measure, with other validated outcome measures.
  • To keep up to date with relevant research literature on evidence based practice.
  • To liaise and work in partnership with other mental health providers and with relevant and statutory agencies in the community.
  • To liaise with other specialists both regionally and nationally as appropriate.
  • To encourage consultation by users, LSW staff, GPs Social Services, Inpatient units and others working within local services.
  • Contribute to delivery and development of clinical services through collaboration with professional staff and other disciplines.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of office system and procedures within the service.
  • To maintain appropriate service statistics and electronic records of work within the requirement of polices covering Care Management and Care Programme Approach.
  • To provide regular information on services.
  • To attend Psychotherapy service meetings, and other meetings relevant to the post holder.
  • To participate in annual appraisal with the Specialty Lead.
  • Whilst maintaining clinical autonomy, to receive regular clinical supervision from an appropriately qualified and experienced supervisor and maintain the highest professional standards.
  • To be aware of current developments within the profession and to continue to maintain and further develop professional knowledge and skills.
  • To work with appropriate professional agencies.
  • Keep abreast, through study and attendance at National and Local conferences, of developments in Psychotherapy, EMDR and CBT and pursue CPD as advised.
  • To adhere to LSW Policies and Procedures.
  • To maintain own professional registration to governing bodies as appropriate.
  • To carry out such other clinical and administrative duties as may be agreed with the Specialty Lead and Service Manager.
  • To act as a clinical expert in the field of CBT/EMDR providing consultation and education to the staff within LSW as required.
  • To work as an autonomous clinician providing specialist CBT/EMDR assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and development of CBT/EMDR treatment to adults with a range of Mental Health Disorders for patients referred from all parts of the service where appropriate.
  • Monitors and ensures maintenance of standards of treatment/care/confidentiality as set down by policies, procedures, and legislation & professional bodies (HPC/NMC and BABCP).
  • Provide clinical information through written and electronic assessment, progress, discharge and follow up reports and letters to referrers.
  • To provide specialist CBT/EMDR supervision for the staff within LSW as required.
  • Administer clinical measures to review efficacy/efficiency of treatment.
  • To use research to develop and improve outcomes.
  • Contribute to the development of policies which relate to the delivery of CBT/EMDR.
  • Adhere to HCPC/NMC and BABCP professional codes of conduct.

  • To demonstrate excellent communication skills with clients, staff, family members/carers and wider health network.
  • To ensure information about clients assessment/treatment is accurately recorded using the clinical record system.
  • Is able to impart complex and sensitive information to patients and families/carers and related health care professionals.
  • To ensure good working relationships with all other health professionals across the health network.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence
  • OR
  • A registered qualification in health care at graduate level in nursing, social work, allied health professional
  • AND Post-qualification training in CBT/EMDR to PG diploma level or equivalent at Intermediate level or above
  • AND
  • BABCP accreditation


  • Registered membership of professional body
  • Undertaken post-qualification further training in an additional specialist area of CBT practice e.g. EMDR, DBT, CFT
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainees and other therapists



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across a range of mental health care settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and complexity
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of working in mental health services where multi- disciplinary working is embraced as part of service delivery
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations


  • Experience of working with secondary care clients in the therapeutic capacity as CBT/EMDR therapist
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of implementing new ways of working (NWW) principles
  • Experience of implementing service policies and procedures
  • Involvement in research programmes

Specific Skills


  • Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007)
  • Commitment to own CPD and willingness to undertake any training necessary for role, e.g. top-up CBT/EMDR training, supervisor training
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration this requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills
  • Skills in individual, couple and group work and in programme planning
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management
  • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS, Local Authority and other agencies, parents/carers and clients
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