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Recruit to Train (RTT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Trainee

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Various across Hampshire
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Full Time
This is a one-year fixed term training post for Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Registered Mental Health Nurses with post registration experience to work as a Senior Mental Health Practitioner in our established Community Services for Children and Young People with Mental Health Problems. This post provides the opportunity to complete the Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that is being run in collaboration with the University of Reading.The successful candidates would be working as Senior Mental Health Practitioners within one of the CAMHS community teams for the duration of the one year course and would split their time between training and carrying out clinical work. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service.

Main duties of the job

The CBT course provides a thorough and robust cognitive behavioural theoretical base with particular focus on the protocols with the soundest evidence. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the course will aim to increase trainees' knowledge base of theory and research in CBT and to promote a critical approach to the subject. It will aim to equip trainees to become skilled, creative and independent CBT practitioners who appropriately value and adhere to treatment protocols with fidelity.We provide a BABCP level 2 postgraduate diploma in CBT.

The training involves teaching blocks as well as weekly teaching and supervision days at the University of Reading. Applicants must be willing to travel.

The clinical work involves being part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team and successful candidates will carry their own caseload of CBT training cases. Workplace supervision will be provided weekly.

About us

By coming to work at Hampshire CAMHS you would be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which has a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Hampshire CAMHS is committed to exploring ways of providing timely, locally delivered, high quality and effective interventions. These aim to maximize mental health and maintain children and young people within their home and educational environment. Hampshire CAMHS places supervision of its staff as a priority. It also uses audits, evaluations and routine outcome measures to continuously improve our service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The training leads to a BABCP level 2 postgraduate diploma in CBT.

Hours:One year fixed term training post. Full Time (Minimum of 0.8wte - 30 hours per week accepted due to University course commitments). Trainees working the full five days will have one dedicated to wider CAMHS service delivery work.

Location:To be confirmed on offer of appointment, however bases will be with in one of the Hampshire CAMHS teams in the North (Basingstoke/Aldershot), West (Eastleigh/New Forest/Winchester and Test Valley or South East (Fareham/Havant) of Hampshire.

Coure Requirements:

The course you will be completing at the University of Reading as part of this role is a Level 2 accredited course with BABCP. This means that upon completion of the course trainees will meet criteria to apply for provisional accreditation as a CBT therapist with the BABCP.

To apply, you must meet the criteria for CBT training and also have a BABCP-recognised professional background in mental health or related areas. This means having a recognised Core Profession. You can find out whether you have a recognised Core Profession at

If you do not have a Core Profession, you must complete a portfolio of evidence to show that you have equivalent training and experience. This is known as the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes portfolio (KSA). You can find out more on the KSA portfolio here:

Prior to this interview, you must have completed a self-statement for KSA criterion 4. Please see the BABCP website for guidance and exemplars.

Please note in this instance the course is not optional there will be a joint interview process including University of Reading to appoint to these roles. The roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.

All applicants will need to be available to start in their roles from Monday 1st January 2023

Person Specification



  • Bachelor's degree from a UK university or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. psychology, social work AND a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social work, nursing, psychotherapy) from a UK university or equivalent. OR Applications may be considered from those with a relevant first degree who do not have a registerable professional training if they have substantial experience in a CAMHS or equivalent setting and evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP



  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Various across Hampshire

Various across Hampshire

SO23 0HU

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