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Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist - Camden and Islington

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Full Time
This is a training role within the Trust's Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services. The post-holder will work within the IAPT service providing high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of further training for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post-holder to provide cognitive behaviour therapy to clients. The post-holder will provide assessment and treatment and offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to referrers, family members and carers.The post- holder will work in the service for 3 days of the week, whilst attending the CBT training programme for the other two days.

Basic Requirements for High Intensity Trainees:

Suitable applicants for these posts will be clinical and counselling psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Social Workers and Psychological Well-being Practitioners. PWPs will need to evidence that they have attained a minimum of 2 years full time post qualification experience in order to meet eligibility criteria. All applicants to training who do not have a BABCP recognised core profession must enter via the KSA route following their guidelines and complete a portfolio of evidence prior to interview. Applicants will need to demonstrate relevant experience in delivering psychological therapies to adult clients. A knowledge of CBT and primary care experience would also be desirable.

Main duties of the job

As part of the National Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme, Camden and Islington iCope (our primary care psychological therapies service) is recruiting suitable individuals for the role of Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapists. We have three 12 month training contracts available in Camden and three in Islington. Successful applicants will work in our IAPT service 3 days per week seeing clients for psychological therapy. On the other two days per week trainees will attend the training program that leads to a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT offered by Royal Holloway University of London. The training programme is usually run in central London. In the current circumstances the training programme will be delivered remotely in the first instance.


Therapists will demonstrate personal qualities that make them suitable for the practice of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

Therapists will use Cognitive and/or Behavioural Therapy in line with the available evidence base as their main, or one of their main therapeutic models

The successful applicants will be highly motivated with the ability to organise and prioritise their own workload with experience of working in IAPT services or comparable professional settings. We are committed to providing an out of hours service and so the post holder will be required to work one evening per week (12-8pm).

This post will be fixed term for 1 year.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention,
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

You will be part of a lively, friendly and supportive staff team.

Please note: The start date for this post will be towards the end of February 2024 and we may close the application early once we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

- To assess and provide cognitive behaviour therapy to referred clients.- To work in designated general practices liaising with GPs and other practice staff in the care provided to clients- To provide advice, guidance and consultation to referrers, family member and carers- To provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment and treatment plans of clients.- To liaise with other health and social care staff, from a range of agencies, in the care provided to clients

- Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post.- Apply learning from the training programme in practice- Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.- To utilise evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.- To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service, to help evaluate and improve service provision.

- To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist or psychological therapist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.- To participate in an agreed programme of training and continuing professional development and maintain an active engagement with current developments in practice in areas related to the post.- To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues of relevance to the service and client group.To undertake such other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the grade of the post, as may be agreed with the Clinical Team Manager.

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