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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 Nov 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
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. 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
  • If you would like to see what it's like to work for CNWL please have a look at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person specification for the full range of responsibilities for the role of CBT Therapist (Band 7) with Brent Talking Therapies Service.

Interview date - TBC

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
  • Competence in basic IT systems the stress of others. including keyboard skills.
  • Awareness of potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
  • Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multi- media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.


  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapy in specific difficult- to-treat groups (e.g. complex needs, personality disorder, somatoform disorders, persons with additional disabilities etc).
  • Awareness of other models of Psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of the academic literature of the speciality.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the speciality and mental health generally
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Fairfields house

Fairfields Cres, Roe Green



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