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Trainee High Intensity Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a dedicated, enthusiastic and innovative individual to join our team and work within the NHS York and Selby Talking Therapies Service. The service is an integrated Step 2, Step 3 and counselling service covering York, Selby, Pocklington, Easingwold and Tadcaster geographical areas. We also have a dedicated Employment Advisory Team to support service users whilst within treatment.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will provide High Intensity interventions whilst undertaking the PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy delivered by Sheffield University which commences in March 2024. This training post will equip you to provide a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of common mental health problems in primary care, for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

We are keen to appoint people who are committed to a career within NHS York and Selby Talking Therapies. On successful completion of the course you will be expected to work towards accreditation with the BABCP.

Upon successful completion of the course you will progress to being promoted to a qualified High Intensity Therapist position on a permanent contract.

The successful candidates will need to be flexible, well organised, evidence reliability and demonstrate the ability to cope with a demanding job. The post holder will be enthusiastic, hard working and able to meet specified targets in order to deliver a high quality service to the local population.

About us

NHS York and Selby Talking Therapies offer a hybrid working model with a mix of homeworking and working from different venues across the York and Selby locality.

You will also be expected to be flexible and provide out of hours clinics and travel to different locations as required by service need.

The successful candidates will need to be available to travel to Sheffield University for the teaching days and commit to the year long duration of the training course.


You will need to be in a position to commence training from the 4th March 2024.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please ensure you meet the High Intensity IAPT CBT Trainee recruitment requirements as otherwise you will not be considered for shortlisting:

Applicants must have a core profession as recognised by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - see attachment for those that qualify


Applicants doing the training who do not have a BABCP recognised core profession can enter via the KSA route, demonstrating that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required.

All candidates (CORE or PWP/KSA route) will be required to have 2 years post qualifying experience (from date on exam board) prior to commencement of the course.

Further details and common Q& A regarding KSA can be found in the Candidate Information Pack attachment
  • A completed portfolio should be emailed in advance of your interview to The portfolio will need to be completed and ratified prior to the training starting in March 2024.

If you are a PWP, without a core profession, you will need to have a minimum of2 YEARS POST QUALIFICATION PWP EXPERIENCE by the time the course starts (March 2024). If you DO NOT clearly show that you will have two years experience as a qualified PWP, you cannot, unfortunately, be considered.
  • If you are invited to interview, you must bring with you any academic qualifications certificates and evidence you hold, as applicable.
  • If you do not have a BABCP recognised core profession you must follow the KSA procedure and prepare your portfolio prior to interview. Please state if you have completed your KSA in your application.

It is very important you read and refer to the attached job description and candidate support pack for further detailed information prior to applying.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology, a recorded/registered qualification in one of - nursing, social work, occupational therapy plus further post graduate qualification/experience in CBT
  • OR Significant experience working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • AND Significant experience meeting Knowledge Skills Attitudes (as defined at at a level required for acceptance onto the training course.


  • Understanding of other psychological therapies i.e. EMDR, IPT, DIT



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication writing reports, letters, etc.


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

Skills & Competencies


  • 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



  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary 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 common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Huntington House

Jockey Lane


YO32 9XW

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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