CBT Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified CBT therapist to join our team of psychologists within the Cambridge Adult Locality Teams. The individual should be accredited or accreditable with BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists).

We are located in the vibrant University City of Cambridge. The locality service provides high quality care to people aged 17 and above, who are experiencing the symptoms of moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The service operates friendly and well established multi-disciplinary teams with a wide range of professionals contributing to the excellent care of the people that we support. Recovery principles are embedded in the work of the locality teams, and we aim to support people to reach their potential by facilitating hope, empowering autonomy, and developing meaning and purpose in life.

Supporting and developing therapists within the team is of upmost importance to us. We encourage our therapists to develop their skills and knowledge with CPD opportunities (including postgraduate certificates in CBT for psychosis/personality disorder, EMDR training).

We are able to offer flexible working opportunities.

Main duties of the job

This role will include psychological assessment and individualized, formulation-driven interventions within a CBT framework as part of the overall multi-disciplinary team care plan. Prior experience of working with complex presentations and/or a desire to pursue further training in this field would be essential. If you are a CBT therapist with excellent communication skills and the flexibility to manage complexity, we would look forward to meeting with you. You would be embedded within an experienced team, with access to daily team meetings and debriefs.

The role will be diverse and may include group work, programme development, supervising psychology and non-psychology professionals, teaching/training, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary colleagues, and liaising with external care providers and statutory agencies to support people and their families on their journey to wellbeing.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To utilise specialist assessment skills to determine a potential clients suitability for CBT and make informed recommendations for other treatment modalities where indicated.

To carry out specialised comprehensive assessments, collecting, interpreting and integrating clinical data from a range of sources including psychometric tests, direct observation, interviews with service users, carers and other professionals involved with the clients care.

To be sensitive to differences in culture and languages, working with interpreters as required.

To conduct risk assessments, preparing risk management plans and initiating appropriate action where indicated. To provide advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management, relating to the client and to others.

To develop individual case formulations for all clients integrating clinical assessment data with evidence based psychological models to plan the psychological care for individual clients and collaboratively engage them in the process of therapy this may involve both individual and group work, using face to face contact, telephone and other mediums as appropriate.

To train and support family and relevant others to act as co-therapists within the clients therapy programme.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of clients and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines.

To provide consultation to and communicate as appropriate with external agencies (including housing, police, local authority, employers etc.)

To evaluate treatment outcomes with clients, selecting appropriately validated psychometric measures refining these as necessary under supervision.

To assist in the coordination and running of therapeutic groups.

To provide specialist professional contributions to relevant multi-agency clinical meetings.

To ensure that patients are appropriately consulted about relevant aspects of their care and are empowered to express their views in a responsive environment.

To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to patients / clients, family, carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients.

To produce reports on patients/ clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Post graduate diploma or equivalent qualification in CBT
  • BABCP accreditation or accreditable


  • Registered MH professional
  • Evidence of training in CBT for psychosis/personality disorder
  • Evidence of training in family therapy (couples, BFT or equivalent)
  • Evidence of training in IPT
  • Further training in areas professional psychology, MH practice or research design and analysis



  • Assessed experience of working as high intensity therapist / psychological therapist
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients
  • Experience of working with people with complex and severe MH problems


  • Experience of working in secondary care service
  • Experience of delivering group treatments
  • Experience of completing risk assessments
  • Experience working with people with cognitive difficulties
  • Experience of supervising others
  • Post-graduate experience of audit and service evaluation

Knowledge & Skills


  • Can deliver evidence based CBT interventions
  • Skills in self management (including time management)
  • High level of written communication skills
  • Reflective and open to feedback
  • Ability to foster good relationships
  • Knowledge of recovery model


  • Motivated towards personal development (strong CPD record)
  • Ability to travel independently
  • Ability to exercise appropriate self care



  • Strong CPD record
  • Ability to exercise appropriate self care
  • Ability to travel independently

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Union house

37 Union Lane



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