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Specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for CBT to join our High Intensity Team. This is an excellent opportunity to join a compassionate and high performing team that is proud to be part of a vibrant and diverse community. We are keen to grow our team with enthusiastic and compassionate CBT therapists to provide support for clients struggling with depression and anxiety using CBT methods.

Since launching in 2009, Back on Track has become a well-established successful IAPT service and is one of the three services provided by West London NHS Trust. Our main base is in the heart of Hammersmith near the vibrant market of Lyric Square. We are proud to be in the community and to offer our services to those who are most likely to miss out through more traditional routes. As a result, we run treatment clinics in the community at locations in Fulham and Ravenscourt Park.

We consistently offer all IAPT-approved therapies. This is predominantly CBT, but also includes Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Behavioural Couples Therapy.

To that effect, we are committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of our staff and training in additional IAPT modalities is highly encouraged. We have close links with our neighbouring services (Ealing and Hounslow) and share our CPD events with them, providing an opportunity to link up with our colleagues across the Trust.

Main duties of the job

A typical week for a full-time CBT therapist involves working at least one evening clinic (12pm-8pm Monday to Thursday) and achieving 22 booked, clinical contacts per week. These are mostly treatment and assessment. In addition, there are opportunities to supervisee staff at low and high intensity, facilitate CBT groups, train in additional modalities, and contribute/lead on service development projects. Through this job plan we aim to create an environment where clinicians develop project management, leadership and supervision skills with us alongside mastering their clinical competence.

You will need experience of risk management and assessment, formulation and treatment of IAPT appropriate disorders (including depression and anxiety disorders). We are keen to fill gaps in experience though, through our comprehensive CPD and supervision programme, and we offer ongoing support via triage supervision and senior duty at all times.

We would be delighted to receive applications from clinicians interested supporting the service to improve the treatment outcomes for those from diverse backgrounds. It is something we are passionate about and is a priority for the service. This includes the service development of under-represented communities, especially in relation to heritage.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We're rated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of physical health, community, social care, and mental health care in the UK.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information with regards to the job description and main responsibilities please see attached Candidate Pack.

If you would like to join our team, please contact one of our step 3 leads on 0300 123 1156 or email us on

For more information about our service and what we offer, please visit our website on and our Twitter page on

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS and professional registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Post graduate training in another Core Profession (e.g. nursing, occupational therapy) or Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes (KSA) accreditation plus a Post graduate diploma or higher degree in CBT.
  • To be accredited by the BABCP as a provisionally or fully accredited practitioner, or to be able to achieve provisional practitioner accreditation with the BABCP within six months of starting in post.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Fully accredited with the BABCP
  • In addition to CBT qualification, qualifications in DIT, EMDR, CAT, IPT and BCT.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients within an IAPT service.
  • . Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems that reflect a 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 of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of CBT in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings including outpatient, community, and primary care settings.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Experience at working with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy/ at a specialist level.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to primary and secondary care psychological therapies services.


  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust




W6 8BS

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