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Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full time - 37.5 hours

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and compassionate person, with either a core profession or accreditation with the BABCP through the knowledge and skills framework, to train as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in Personality Disorder (CBT-PD). The training is fully funded, and extensive supervision is built into the post to ensure the trainee receives the best experience and support possible. The training is 2 years, with the first year focused on working with individuals presenting with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, before moving to work with individuals with more complex presentations in year 2.

We are particularly keen to meet individuals with a strong interest or experience of working with adults with complex psychological needs who are committed to working collaboratively with clients and other professionals to develop and support integrated packages of care.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact:

Catherina Westwood (Senior Advanced Nurse Practitioner) on

Jo Robinson (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) on

Amanda McKenzie (Calderdale Community Mental Health Transformation programme manager) on

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

This is a new permanent full time role created to help us deliver our plans to transform our community mental health services, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. The role, starting at Band 6 during the 2 year training period, and progressing to Band 7 on successful completion of training, will work in GP practices within the Primary Care Networks delivering evidence based CBT-PD. The post will be supported by our Trauma Informed Personality Disorder pathway, which provides collaborative assessment and evidence based treatment for individuals with complex emotional needs aligned to a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Our Mental Health transformation plans will mean the roll-out of multi-disciplinary teams of experts working within the new Primary Care Networks, offering wraparound, holistic care to our service users and wider community.

The post holder will be required to commit to studying at post graduate diploma level over 2 consecutive years with Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust. Progression to a substantive Band 7 post is dependent upon completion of this training and associated competencies within the 2 year period from commencement of the post.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1.1Care/service/function provision:

To provide cognitive behavioural therapy, initially during training for people experiencing mild to moderate common mental health problems, under the supervision of a BABCP Accredited CBT clinician, progressing to offer CBT to people with personality disorder as part of training within the post graduate diploma in CBT for personality disorder, over the course of 24 months. To exercise clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practice. To deliver excellent levels of care to people, and address or report, in a timely and proactive manner, where these standards have not been met. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of clients under their care and effectively evaluate progress.

1.2 Working as part of a Team:

To work as part of a team to deliver person centred care whilst meeting the service standards and objectives. To provide risk assessment and intervention to people who present for treatment. To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of the client. To work jointly with other team members in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to people and their families. To contribute to the audit processes within the service. To contribute to research in the service area. To undertake project management as required to aid service development.

1.3 Managing Self:

To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training experience and supervision and apply continuous reflection on own practice.

To utilise theory, evidence based literature and research to support evidence based practice of self and others. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients, under the supervision of a BABCP accredited CBT clinician.

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in consultation with the post holders professional lead and service manager(s). To maintain membership of appropriate bodies (i.e., NMC, BABCP, UKCP) and professional bodies appropriate for the model of working.

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychotherapy across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflective practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal, and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychotherapy and related disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self- governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.

The post- holder will be required to work flexibly both in terms of base and in hours of clinical availability.

1.4. Management Supervision and Support: The post holder has no managerial supervision responsibility but is expected to role model high standards of professionalism and integrity to other staff and students.

1.5. Financial Responsibility: Use Trust resources efficiently and suggest efficiency savings to more senior staff.

For full Job Description please see attached in Supporting Documents

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Occupational Therapist or Social Worker
  • OR
  • Honours Degree in Psychology and relevant experience and further training to meet accreditation for Knowledge/Skills and Attitudes Accreditation with BABCP
  • Eligible for Registration/ Accreditation with BABCP



  • To undertake 2 years training in CBT for PD at University on commencement in the post.
  • To complete CBT for PD training within 24 months of commencement of the training course.



  • For Knowledge/Skills Attitudes (KSA) applicants a minimum of 2 years qualified and working in a relevant area e.g., Primary care wellbeing practitioner, Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Associate Psychologist
  • OR
  • 2 years post qualification in relevant core profession


  • Experience in working with service users in the clinical area of the post.
  • Different theoretical approaches.
  • Work with other disciplines.
  • Work with people who have disabilities.
  • Experience in working with children.
  • and / or young people
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • IT literate.


  • Research skills.
  • Knowledge of adult & child protection legislation.
  • Awareness of legislation relevant to the clinical area of practice.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Caring.
  • Team Player.
  • Commitment to supervision and support.
  • Flexible
  • Committed to client group.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Laura Mitchell Health Centre

Great Albion Street



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