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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist - Eating Disorders

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023
Would you like to be part of a service which is innovative, forward-thinking and committed to enabling people who are experiencing eating disorders to recover and discover their potential?

We are currently seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated BABCP registered CBT Therapist to join a busy All Age Eating Disorder Service (EDS). We are a specialist service with five locality teams covering the Lancashire and South Cumbria area, providing excellent opportunities for shared learning and support. This post will be based The Bay Altham Meadows. You should be an excellent communicator and team player, with the successful applicant joining a dynamic multi-disciplinary team of professionals, including Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Dietitians, specialist therapists and medics.

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver high quality psychosocial assessment and specialist CBT intervention to children, young people and adults with eating disorders. You will contribute to the broader aims of the service through joint working, consultation, training, supervision and service development.

You will benefit from an enthusiastic, hard-working and supportive peer group of CBT Therapists and other modality therapists/ Clinical Psychologists across the service.

Applications will be welcome from suitably qualified CBT Therapists with BABCP registration.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality CBT to children, young people and adults who present with an eating disorder, including those with a degree of complexity.
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including specialist nurses, psychologists/ psychological therapists, specialist GP/ medics and dietitians.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of team policies and procedure.
  • To provide clinical supervision and mentoring to cognitive behavioural therapists and trainees, and other members of the MDT as required.
  • To deliver a CBT service in accordance with NICE guidelines, meeting key performance indicators and agreed activity levels.
  • To provide advice and consultation on clients' care, to non-CBT colleagues and to non-professional carers.
  • To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development and research within the areas served by the team.
  • To work with the Team Leaders and Senior Clinical Psychologists/Lead Clinicians to support managing waiting times, prevalence and recovery.
  • To promote wellbeing and social inclusion.
  • To take lead CBT role in a designated areas of work.
  • To provide an element of clinical leadership at team level, taking a role in service development, including engaging and working with other agencies.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Formally recognised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Post Graduate Diploma CBT full accreditation with BABCP AND Professional qualification in health or social care, e.g. RMN or Social Worker OR KSA equivalence



  • Highly specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy. Extensive theoretical and clinical knowledge of the theory and practice of CBT in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. dual diagnoses, people with eating disorder etc.) and disorder specific treatment models. 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. Evidence of ability to develop and evaluate areas of care and treatment. Well developed skills in providing advice to other professionals and non-professionals. Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. Keyboard skills sufficient to enter data/write reports.



  • Evidence of experience of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy assessment and treatment of clients in mental health services. A broad range of experience of working with a wide variety of clients that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse. Experience and knowledge of providing clinical supervision, utilising appropriate supervision models and safeguarding Experience of promoting wellbeing and social inclusion delivering specialist.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


South Eating Disorder Service

The Bay, Altham Meadows



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