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IAPT High Intensity Trainee

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Fylde & Wyre area
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
The NHS Long-term Plan sets out ambitious plans to improve access to psychological therapies for common mental health problems and to expand the workforce of psychological practitioners. LSCFT NHS Talking Therapies have teams based across Lancashire and South Cumbria, offering psychological therapies for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

LSCFT Talking Therapies therapists offer accessible screening, assessment and treatment for mild to moderate mental health problems, giving service users a greater degree of choice and flexibility by providing an extensive menu of therapies including psycho-educational courses, group therapies and computerised CBT programs, in addition to 1-1 work.

Do you want to be part of a team providing evidence based psychological therapies in Lancashire and South Cumbria?

Do you want to help shape the way people with depression and anxiety disorders are supported in their recovery?


We have opportunities in the Fylde & Wyre area.

Main duties of the job

This fantastic opportunity is for existing mental health professionals to complete their training as CBT therapists. The trainee CBT therapists will work within the NHS Lancashire & South Cumbria Talking Therapies service, providing CBT to people experiencing anxiety and depression. The training will take place with either Chester University or the University of Cumbria and will be mainly face to face teaching at their university campus in Chester or Lancaster. Trainees will complete on average 2 days per week at University with clients on the other days (12 per week), you will be completing University Assignments and submitting practical tapes for supervision. Client work will be mainly face to face sessions with some remote/video sessions.

We are seeking dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individuals who already have considerable experience and training providing psychological therapies and who are searching for the opportunity to train in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For example, you may already be working as a mental health nurse, occupational therapist, social worker, counsellor or be a newly qualified psychologist with substantial clinical experience.

Experience of working within an IAPT service is desirable.

About us

If you would like the opportunity to bring your own creativity, flexibility and commitment to LSCFT NHS Talking Therapies and you have the appropriate experience as described above, we look forward to reading your application soon.

This post may close early due to high numbers of applications so you are advised to apply promptly.

*Please ensure that you state your university preference at the beginning of the additional information section in the application- Chester places will be in the West Lancs, Chorley and potentially the Preston teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

All applicants should refer to the person specification for further post requirements. Applicants who have a registered core profession will be considered for shortlisting along with those who are currently a PWP with two years post qualification experience and have a completed KSA portfolio to submit to the university as part of the application process.

Please ensure that you specify how you meet the core profession or KSA route within the additional information section along with confirmation that your KSA will be completed at interview stage.

The full list of acceptable core professions required to be eligible for this post can be found at BABCP - Core Professions. Applicants applying through the KSA route can view the eligibility requirements via BABCP - Accreditation .

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for dates across July and August with the Chester posts commencing mid Nov 2023 and the University of Cumbria end of December 2023/Beginning of January 2024.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/ registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy
  • Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) requirements of BABCP.



  • 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 they can have on mental health
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Ability to meet agreed/ specified service targets

Skills / Abilities


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Computer literate

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Talking Therapies - Fylde & Wyre

Fylde & Wyre area


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