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CBT Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year p.a. inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Full Time
This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and passionate CBT Therapists to join Brent Talking Therapies Service (IAPT) located in the diverse and vibrant community of the London borough of Brent. We have 2 fixed-term 12 months posts to cover maternity leave. Our team is key in the work we do and service provided to the population of Brent. You will have opportunities for regular clinical supervision from the senior leadership team, specialist supervision for PTSD and training opportunities, such as EMDR, Behavioural Couples Therapy and LTC. You will provide clinical supervision to our Step 2 team, including qualified and trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner and will receive supervision training to equip you in doing this. Our Step 3 team also provide supervision for our trainee clinical psychologists and CBT trainees on placement with our service. Wellbeing is important within our service, and we are a diverse, collaborative and cohesive team. We offer flexible working patterns including onsite and remote working.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

You will hold a Step 3 caseload of anxiety disorders, and depression and offer CBT treatment in line with NICE guidance. At Step 3 we offer treatment digitally and face-to-face in order to best meet the needs of our service users. In your role you will be involved with our duty team and screening referrals, have regular supervision, regular reflective practice, monthly team CPD and monthly sub-team and wider team meetings, a chance to be involved in areas of interest including perinatal, community outreach, young adults, older adults, long-term health conditions, and LGBTQ+. There are opportunities for training, plus career progression within the team. The ability to deliver therapy in local languages in desirable.

You must be BABCP accredited or have attended a BABCP accredited CBT training course to be eligible for this post. If you are 3-months within completion of your CBT training and/or working towards accreditation, you will also be considered for the post as long as you meet the shortlisting criteria and can demonstrate you are on track to meeting the course requirements.

You will be expected to participate in extended hours clinics offered by the service which include evening clinics.

About us

The catchment area of the post is the London borough of Brent. The main hub for the service is based at Fairfields House in Kingsbury and there is a satellite hub at Bell House in Willesden Green.

We operate an agile working policy where staff combine remote working and being on-site to deliver face-to-face appointments and other service commitments that require a hub-based presence. The post-holder will work full-time hours and may be required to work at any times between 8am and 8pm on weekdays including an evening clinic as required by the service.

Benefits of working for CNWL include:
  • 27 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS discount
  • Opportunities for career progression
  • New starters will have a 13-week probation period which is a supportive process to allow individuals to learn and work within the key aspects of their role over a period of time
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Job description

Job responsibilities

Interview date - TBC

  • Provide specialist psychotherapeutic assessment of patients referred to the CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service for CBT, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of quantitative and qualitative sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients and others involved with their Ensure the outcome of assessment is communicated to the referring agent and other professionals involved. Determine suitability of the approach and refer on unsuitable individuals to appropriate agencies and/or provide advice, including psycho-education, as appropriate.
  • Formulate and implement plans for the specialist psychotherapeutic treatment and/or management of patients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of those problems derived from a broad theoretical knowledge of cognitive behaviour therapy, and employing methods based upon evidence of proven efficacy within It is expected that the postholder will treat patients across the range of severity.
  • Be responsible for implementing a range of specialist cognitive behavioural therapy interventions for individual patients and groups, adjusting and refining psychotherapeutic formulations as practice and experience demand, and drawing upon different explanatory models and objective cognitive behaviour therapy measures to maintain a number of provisional Whilst maintaining ethical and legal standards.
  • Comply with caseload and set activity requirements which include number of contacts and recovery rates, for an HI post as per IAPT national guidelines and Local IAPT implementation board.
  • Regular and prompt entry of clinical data relating to patients on caseload and make it available for supervision and for the patient as appropriate.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate therapy programmes and progress, using objective measures where appropriate, and communicate this to referring agent and other professionals involved as appropriate.
  • Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, developmental and cultural processes and systems, which have shaped the individual.
  • Include family members and others involved in clients problems in therapy programmes, where necessary.
  • Assess and deliver therapy programmes in the community or GP Surgery and other settings within the service, as
  • Discharging patients as appropriate and arrange follow-up as appropriate on completion of therapy. Ensure outcome and follow-up of treatment is communicated to the referring agent and other professional involved as appropriate on completion of therapy. Ensure outcome and follow-up of treatment is communicated to the referring agent and other professional involved as appropriate.
  • Exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, discharge and onward referral of patients whose problems are managed by psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Assess and manage clinical risk to self and Involve other agencies as appropriate.
  • Adhere to BABCP, HPC BPS and other relevant professional codes of conduct, policy and and guidance.
  • Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data-entry and recording, report writing for the purposes of personally generated clinical, audit, teaching and research and research information.
  • Exercise responsibility for professional self-governance in accordance with the HPC, BPS and BABCP and other relevant professional codes of practice and conduct and Trust policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of local resources and relationships with relevant statutory, voluntary and community groups and consultation with colleagues from CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service and other relevant teams and agencies.
  • Develop and propose innovative responses to identified needs of the diverse and multi- cultural community the service serves in collaboration and consultation with colleagues from CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service and other relevant teams and

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Substantial specialist knowledge, theory and skills of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy acquired through diploma / degrees with BABCP accreditation.
  • Critical understanding of the relevance of studies of human development, psychopathology, psychology, social issues and evidence based practice.
  • Must be fully or provisionally accredited with the BABCP or have completed a BABCP accredited high intensity CBT course or diploma programme.


  • Qualified/Registered Mental Health Professional

Previous Experience


  • Experience of specialist cognitive- behavioural psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of adult patients in a mental health setting and presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience or knowledge of working with vulnerable people and/or communities and those experiencing loss, bereavement and mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working in an IAPT service or other primary care setting.
  • Specialist experience acquired through having conducted 200 hours of supervised assessment and therapy during training.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Experience or knowledge of community liaison and working within diverse communities and groups within the Brent Borough including with people from Black and Ethnic minority backgrounds and with various stakeholders


  • Specialist psychotherapeutic working experience.
  • Experience of the application of psychotherapy in difference cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a primary care/community setting.
  • Research skills and knowledge and aptitude.



  • Ability to produce highly-quality professional results using IT skills to specified deadlines and other time constraints


  • Able to speak other languages



  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to concentrate intensively for substantial periods during patient contact, teaching / supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Ability to produce highly-quality professional results to specified deadlines and other time constraints.
  • Ability to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/emotional circumstances.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of methods of cognitive behavioural therapy assessment, intervention and management including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base treatment.
  • Well-developed skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Knowledge of the psychotherapeutic role
  • Highly developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to work as a lone practitioner. To plan, organise and prioritise own work and patient caseload
  • Ability to record, monitor and report on clinical information as required
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