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High Intensity Therapist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year PRO RATA
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to join an innovative service delivering high quality treatments in primary care to people with common mental health problems? If the answer is yes, and you are suitably qualified, then please apply for this post. Gateshead Talking Therapies is an award winning IAPT service and among the highest performing IAPT services at both regional and national level. There is recognition that staff can realise their potential through effective clinical and management supervision, managerial support, and through access to internal and external training. Staff development and their wellbeing are accepted as a vital priority and we have a long established Wellbeing Strategy Group which develops wellbeing initiatives for the service. You will deliver interventions as part of IAPT and will have experience of providing psychological therapies in primary care. You will be expected to use traditional and innovative treatment methods using NICE High Intensity Treatment interventions such as CBT, IPT, EMDR, CAT.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will be expected to deliver interventions in a developing primary care setting and play a full part in the effective development and operation of the whole of the service. Regular supervision is an important aspect of the work of the service.

The High Intensity Therapist will be expected to have
  • A post graduate qualification or degree in a high intensity therapy.
  • Experience of working to support the mental health needs of adults in primary care.
  • Comprehensive mental health assessment skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Skills in the delivery of relevant therapeutic interventions.
  • Ability to offer consultation and advice to a broad range of professionals and work co-operatively to deliver joint interventions with a range of providers.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be part of Gateshead Talking Therapies Service, which incorporates Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). They will work with adults who have a range of common mental health problems in primary care using NICE high intensity treatment interventions such as CBT, IPT, EMDR, CAT, Counselling for Depression. They will use traditional and innovative treatment methods.

Will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities

To meet targets set nationally and locally for access, recovery and waiting times

The post holder will ensure they uphold our Trust vision, values and behavioural compact


Person Specification



  • 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 / benefits & employment systems
  • 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
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and other relevant legislation

Skills & Competencies


  • Full range of skills and competencies required to deliver relevant
  • Computer literate
  • Well-developed skills in the 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
  • 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


  • Trained in provision of supervision for CBT / relevant therapy
  • Accredited with a professional psychological therapy organisation
  • Completed clinical audits within a service



  • 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
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups


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



  • Band 7 Therapist:
  • Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma or Degree)
  • OR
  • Equivalent:
  • e.g. A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology/ post graduate qualification training in a psychological therapy which may be CBT or another IAPT appropriate evidence based therapy (i.e. IPT) to at least equivalent of a post graduate diploma
  • AND
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.


  • Relevant experience in Primary Care treating anxiety and depression.



  • Able to attend supervision training if not already trained, and other training as the post develops
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this

Other requirements


  • High level of enthusiasm and
  • Motivation.
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, & in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system


  • Car driver and/or ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
  • Fluent in languages other than English
  • Experience of working with diverse communities and within a multicultural setting

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


The Croft

Springwell Road




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