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Trainee Psychological Therapist in CBT for psychosis

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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CAMEO is an award-winning CPFT Early Intervention in psychosis service offering an age inclusive service (14-65 years) across a three-year pathway with an integrated At risk mental state (ARMS) service. We have an exciting opportunity to offer 1 recruit to train post for a CBTp therapist in our dynamic early intervention service based in Peterborough (CAMEO North).

This role is a 2-year fixed term appointment leading to a permanent CBTp practitioner post (Band 7) at the end of this period if the postgraduate diploma programme is completed successfully.

During this post the post holder will complete a 2-year diploma in CBT for Psychosis run by UCL (commencing Jan/Feb 2024). The first year of the course will include an overview of CBT and the second year focuses on it's application to Psychosis.

The post holder will attend this training once a week and spend the other four days working within the service. To pass the course the post holder will need to complete written assignments and take some recordings of their therapy cases to discuss in clinical supervision and with course tutors. The post- holder will work in the service for -4 days of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the training programme for the other day.

Main duties of the job

This role will include psychological assessment and individualised, formulation-driven interventions within a CBT framework as part service user's overall multi-disciplinary team care plan.

Therapeutic interventions will be delivered in line with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence Quality Standards for Early Intervention in Psychosis Services and across the whole caseload which will include individuals with At Risk Mental States and those experiencing their First Episode of Psychosis.

CAMEO recognises the aim of individualised therapy / group work as to promote self-awareness, independence, confidence, and hope within the service users own unique recovery journey.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

To work within an appropriate mental health setting(s) alongside other professions and agencies including within multi-disciplinary teams and specialised clinical settings.

To carry out complex psychological assessments sensitively and independently with a broad range of client groups.

To accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

To assess clients for suitability for CBT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for a trainee therapist, to refer tomanager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case.

To 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.

To formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.

To 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.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in mental health or learning disability nursing, social work, counselling (accredited level), occupational therapy, arts therapy, medicine (psychiatry / general practice), psychological therapy (UKCP registered), Psychology (clinical, counselling, forensic or health). Please see the BABCP website for more detail of accepted qualifications
  • Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP


  • Previous training in CBT



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Experience of managing own caseload and time
  • Experience of using clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively


  • Experience working with severe mental health problems
  • Experience in working in early intervention in psychosis teams or working with psychosis
  • Experience of carrying out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Experience of carrying out brief psychological interventions

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to write clear reports and letters to service users and members of the MDT
  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Experience of developing good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Proven skills in time management (balancing competing demands)

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Demonstrates an understanding of a range of mental health difficulties and how it may present in Secondary Care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post


  • Knowledge of CBT
  • Knowledge of aims and principles underpinning early intervention in psychosis.

Physical requirements


  • Able to attend 70-80 days training over a 2-year course. Including a day per week, and 5-day intensive teaching blocks. This may involve significant travel and overnight stays to attend university.
  • Able to complete academic components of the course
  • Able to integrate training into practice



  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Are able to demonstrate a regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality


  • Ability and willingness to travel to locations within the Fenland area
  • Fluent in languages other than English
  • Experience of working with diverse communities within a multicultural setting

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust



169 London Road



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