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Trainee CBT Therapist - Psychosis or Personality disorders

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£35,392 to £50,056 per annum + 5% basic salary (£1,192 to £2,011)
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to train as a CBT therapist in our mental health services.

We are passionate about working with individuals experiencing mental health challenges to support their recovery and reclaim their lives and are looking for individuals to join us.

The post holder will be appointed as a trainee Cognitive Behaviour Therapist whilst undertaking diploma level training in CBT and on qualifying the post holder will be able to take up a permanent band 7 position within our trust.

Main duties of the job

  • The first year of training provides foundation in generic CBT skills. The second year will focus on the application of CBT for individuals presenting with personality disorder or psychosis (this will be decide on offer).
  • During this time you will work within our community mental health services, as well as attending training.
  • You will also develop core team skills alongside the specialist skills in CBT.
  • You will be working as part of established Psychological Therapies teams, which are fully embedded within a multi-disciplinary services. Posts will be offered across Hertfordshire
  • You will have access to regular peer and individual supervision, in addition to CPD opportunities.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

Our Trust Values Are The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout: Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Attend lectures, and complete course work as part of the CBT diploma - attending this course is part of paid duties, and attendance is part of your contract.Support the core functions of the CEDs service, including assessment (which may include gathering core data) and care planning making use of shared decision making to develop personalised care plans with a Recovery focus. Liaise and work with the core team.Undertake training cases to support development of CBT skills.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy. OR Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP
  • Minimum 2:2 Degree qualification


  • Experience working in adult community mental health services.



  • 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.


  • Experience of working in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of Working with Individuals with Eating Disorders.



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills



  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Has received training (either formal of thorough experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice.
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of mental health difficulties and how they may present in Secondary Care Services.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health.
  • 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
  • Able to attend a one day per week course.
  • Able to complete academic components of the course

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


99 Waverley Road, St Albans. AL3 5TL

99 Waverley Road

St Albans


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