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Qualified High Intensity CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
20 Sep 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the North-West Talking Therapies (formerly IAPT) team in a High Intensity Therapist role. You will work within an established service, providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to people experiencing anxiety, depression and common mental health problems.

NHS Talking Therapies Hertfordshire were one of the first IAPT services in the UK to achieve accreditation status with the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS). As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, APPTS, a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement and the British Psychological Society, provides a network through which best practice can be shared. This is a fantastic achievement which provides recognition nationally of the Wellbeing Team as a high quality service.

Our services focus on delivering high quality therapy, being amongst the highest performers in the region, generally exceeding our Recovery Rates targets. We run innovative groups for our clients such as Perinatal, Older adults and LTCs. You will benefit from the Trusts robust Continuing Professional Development system within a Performance Management framework, including an annual appraisal and CPD review. There may be external training opportunities, which include the following: EMDR, IPT, Counselling for Depression, Couples Therapy for Depression, Behavioural Couples Therapy and DIT.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of an NHS Talking Therapies service and will provide high intensity interventions - initially cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

The post holder will work with clients who have a range of common mental health problems such as Anxiety and Depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. The HIT will take the lead role in providing support, education and problem solving skills to the GPs and primary health care team particularly in the areas of assessment and management of mental health problems.

All applicants must hold the Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy from a BABCP accredited course. We welcome applications from newly and about to qualify trainees. The service in Hertfordshire consistently achieves excellent outcomes and is looking to recruit people with the required motivation and shared values of the service.

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 theCare 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 Mission

We help people of all ages live their lives to their full potential by supporting them to keep mentally and physically well.

Everything we do is aimed at providing consistently high quality, joined up care.

Our Vision

Delivering great care, achieving great outcomes - together

Values and Behaviours

Our values and behaviours have been developed by over 800 service users, carers and members of staff. They describe how we aim to be with service users, carers and each other. By living our values we will deliver our ambition to be a leading provider for everyone we work with.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Responsibilities:

Professional/Clinical Responsibility
  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP, BABCP) and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).
  • All high intensity CBT therapists are expected to adhere to BABCP codes of conduct.
  • Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.
  • Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT and other agreed psychological therapies
  • Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
  • Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
  • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.
  • Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.
  • Contribute to the development of best practice within the service.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.
  • All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.
  • All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

Training & Supervision
  • Attend and fulfill all requirements of the IAPT approved supervision training
  • After completion of supervision training, supervise staff in the service
  • Participate actively in regular practice supervision from clinical psychologist & EPMHS (IAPT) Manager

Advisory /Liaison
  • Provide an advisory service on matters related to the practice and delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to individuals/groups/committees across the Mental Health Trust, Primary Care Trust and other voluntary agencies
  • Promote and maintain links with Primary Care & Secondary Care staff to help coordinate the provision of an effective Psychological Therapies Service

  • Provide a link role with local GP practices and primary health care staff to advise in the areas of assessment and management of appropriate mental health problems in adults
  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.
  • Assess clients for suitability for CBT & other psychological interventions. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to refer to senior clinician/EPMHS/IAPT Manager for advice on how to manage the case.
  • Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
  • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
  • Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols
  • Work closely with other members of the team in primary and secondary care when appropriate to ensure suitable step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
  • Ensure there is effective communication between secondary services and primary care so that patients do not get lost to the system.
  • Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process
  • Support the implementation of a socially inclusive model of mental health care
  • Carry out clinical audits of service performance, including service user surveys and evaluations and help to collate and disseminate the results for feedback

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibility

The Post holder will assist the IAPT Manager & IAPT Senior Clinician in providing appropriate supervision to relevant members of staff

Financial responsibility

The Post holder will not hold any budgetary responsibility

Additional Information:

Knowledge and Skills Framework:

The post holder will be expected to meet the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) appropriate outline for the post.

Approved outlines are available on the HPT e-ksf local library

Health and Safety

Health and Safety at Work In accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) and other relevant Health and Safety legislation, staff have a duty to take responsible care to avoid injury to themselves and others by their work activities, to maintain a safe working environment for patients, visitors and employees and to co-operate in meeting statutory requirements

Infection Control

All Trust staff will:

Act as a role model and champion for the highest standard of all aspects of infection prevention and control and implementation of all Infection Prevention and Control Trust polices and guidelines.

Demonstrate respect for the roles and endeavours of others, in implementing good standards of hand hygiene.

Value and recognise the ideas and contributions of colleagues in their endeavours to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infection.

Equality and Diversity

Hertfordshire Partnership Trust is committed to providing an environment where all staff, service users and carers enjoy equality of opportunity.

The Trust works to eliminate all forms of discrimination and recognise that this requires, not only a commitment to remove discrimination, but also action through positive policies to redress inequalities.

Providing equality of opportunity means understanding and appreciating the diversity of our staff, service users & carers and ensuring a supportive environment free from harassment. Because of this Hertfordshire Partnership Trust actively encourages its staff to challenge discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for all.


Employees must maintain confidentiality of staff, patients and Trust business and have a responsibility to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 and be aware of the Caldicott principles. If you are required to process information, you should do so in a fair and lawful way, ensuring accuracy is maintained. You should hold information only for the specific registered purpose and not use or disclose it in any way incompatible with such a purpose. You should disclose information only to authorised persons or organisations as instructed. Breaches of confidentiality in relation to information will result in disciplinary action, which may include dismissal. Employees are expected to comply with all Trust policies and procedures and to work in accordance of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018. For those posts where there is management or supervision of other staff it is the responsibility of that employee to ensure that their staff receive appropriate training.

Standards of Business Conduct and Conflicts of Interest

The Trust has adopted a Standards of Conduct Policy, which reflects NHS Management Executive Guidelines. It is the responsibility of staff to ensure that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain or seek to advantage or further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties. Staff should be informing their line manager if they are working for any other organisation to ensure that this Trust complies with the Working Time Regulations.

Information and Records Management

The postholder must be competent in using IT and have the relevant skills to carry out the activities required for the post.

To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Department of Health Code of Confidentiality in line with Trust procedures.

To adhere to the Trusts policies on records management including creation, use, storing and retention and disposal of records.

Adhere to the Trusts Corporate Identity (using the standard templates available on the Trust intranet HIVE).

Safeguarding Adults and Children

The Trust is committed to ensuring adults and children are protected and come to no harm from abuse. All employees have a responsibility to be aware of national and local policies, their individual responsibilities with regards to the protection and safeguarding of both adults and children, and must adhere to them at all times.

Organisational Change

As services develop and change, the post holder may be required to undertake other respo
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