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Trainee High Intensity (CBT) Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Full Time
What is a the role of a Trainee High Intensity (CBT) Therapist?

Cognitive behavioural therapists equip people with the tools and techniques they need to overcome complex problems related to anxiety and depression by providing a range of evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate diplomas in CBT are usually aimed at experienced healthcare professionals. To access a postgraduate diploma in CBT, you need to have secured a high intensity therapist trainee position within an NHS Talking Therapies service.

These positions are open to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners with 2 years post qualification experience and healthcare professionals with a BABCP recognised core professional qualification, including:
  • mental health nursing
  • clinical or counselling psychology
  • medicine
  • social work
  • occupational therapy
  • counselling
  • psychotherapy/psychotherapeutic counselling
  • teacher of special education / needs
  • probation services

More information can be found on NHS Careers

Main duties of the job

This post holder will be an experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or core professional who will be taking on an additional training role within the Therapy For You NHS Talking Therapies service. We have positions available in Therapy For You North Essex in Colchester and Tendering services.

The post-holder will work within the service providing high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post holder to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of mental health problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. The post holder will work in the service for 3 days of the week bringing their already well developed skills to practice at the same time as using the newly developed skills from the 12 month training programme which they will undertake for the other 2 days with University of East Anglia.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

About us

Who are Therapy For You (NHS Talking Therapies)?

We offer free to access NHS talking therapy services, delivered across South East Essex and North East Essex.

We are part of EPUT (Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust) providing the NHS Talking Therapies programme and offer support to people with commonplace mental health problems such as anxiety and low mood.

Postholders will join a team of high intensity therapists, counsellors, EMDR therapists and PWPs. This is a demanding but well supported role.

We are committed to meeting the needs of the community and therefore staff are expected to offer out of hours appointments, typically an evening or a Saturday morning.

It is essential that postholders are able to travel independently across the geography.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
    • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.
    • Assess clients for suitability for psychological interventions.
    • To evaluate and make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the services 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 drawing on a range of theoretical and therapeutic models across a range of mental health problems with which clients present.
    • Use highly developed communication skills in working with people to understand their personal and often very sensitive difficulties and develop a range of treatment interventions.
    • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients in line with the service.

    • Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post, within specified timeframes.
    • Apply learning from the training programme in practice.
    • Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.

    • Upon completion of the course, candidates are expected to achieve and maintain accreditation with the BABCP.
    • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. 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).

    Full details available on Job Description and Person Specification.

    Please note this is a fixed term/temporary contract to undertake a full-time programme of professional training leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by means of the successful completion of the designated clinical placements and academic assignments from September 2023. Your contract will automatically terminate 16 months from this date without the need to give further notice should the academic component of the role not be successfully completed within this timeframe. Successful completion within 16 months will lead to a permanent Band 7 High Intensity Therapist position.

    If you terminate your employment or have your employment terminated before the end date of your contract you will be required to withdraw from the training programme. If you are not in a position to complete your training or you withdraw from the training programme your contract will be terminated.

    Person Specification



    • oA registered core profession as required by the BABCP or an undergraduate degree and KSA demonstrating that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required


    • oAn undergraduate degree in a psychology related field



    • oDemonstrable experience of working with people experiencing mental health difficulties
    • oExperience of ability to meet agreed/specified service targets, clinical outcomes and manage own caseload and time.
    • oDemonstrates high standards in written communication, experience of writing reports and letters.
    • oDemonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care
    • oDemonstrates understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
    • oExperience of engaging with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system


    • oPrior experience to working within primary care services
    • oKnowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other mental health problems
    • oExperience of delivery of short term focused interventions
    • Experience of ability to meet agreed/specified service targets, clinical outcomes and manage own caseload and time
    • oAbility to plan and manage own caseload and time



    • oIT literate - working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including email


    • oPrior experience of using patient record databases

    Specialist Training


    • oAbility to integrate training into practice
    • oAbility to complete academic components of the course


    • oEvidence of prior training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed approaches

    Personal competencies and qualities


    • oAbility to work individually or within a team and foster good working relationships
    • oAbility to work under pressure


    • oFluency in additional languages

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    Holmer Court

    Essex Stree


    CO3 3BT

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