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Trainee High Intensity IAPT

West London NHS Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inclusive
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Back On Track (H& FNHS Talking Therapies) are offering several places on the London-wide IAPT for trainee CBT, High Intensity Therapists. Please note this role will involve working with the adult population.

If you are an experienced mental health or social care worker with a recognised professional qualification working in a mental health setting, or a PWP with at least 2 years' post-qualification experience, this course gives you the training you need to become an accredited CBT Therapist via the BABCP route.

Since launching in 2009, Back on Track has become a well-established successful NHS Talking Therapy service and is one of the three services provided by WLNHS Trust. Our main base is in the heart of Hammersmith near the vibrant market of Lyric Square. We are proud to be in the community and to offer our services to those who are most likely to miss out through more traditional routes. As a result, we run treatment clinics in the community at locations in Fulham and Ravenscourt Park.

We have an excellent track record of successfully supporting our High Intensity trainees through their training as well as preparing them for life after the training. We have been able to retain many of our trainees who have completed the training. We recognise that the IAPT training programme can be demanding, and we are careful to provide weekly individual supervision, supportive line management, and a buddy system to meet the needs and maximise the learning experience of each trainee.

Main duties of the job

Applications are invited from qualified clinical or counselling psychological therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to apply for the one year full-time IAPT post graduate diploma courses based at Royal Holloway University. Applicants without a core mental health profession (such as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or counsellors without UKCP or BACP accreditation) must be able to meet the required KSA process criteria (see the IAPT website for more information).

The training programme consists of three days working within Back On Track and two days at university taught by experts in the field. A typical week for a trainee involves working at least two days in the office including one evening clinic (12pm-8pm Monday to Thursday). You will then have two academic days to attend university (Royal Holloway) throughout the year. There is an emphasis on ensuring trainees are provided with ample opportunities to apply their learning to their clinical sessions.

The training posts are offered at NHS band 6 plus 20% Inner London weighting for trainees with Back On Track.

Please note interviews for this will be 6th and 7th of December 2023

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy.
  • Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP.


  • Experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression.



  • Experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes



  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients


  • Car driver and/or ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
  • Experience of working with diverse communities within a multicultural setting

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust




W6 7DJ

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