Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Negotiable Per annum
Closing date
31 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • To provide high quality CBT to adults with common mental health problems including those with a degree of complexity.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of team policies and procedure.
  • To provide clinical supervision and mentoring to cognitive behavioral therapists and trainees.
  • To deliver a CBT service in accordance with NICE guidelines, meeting key performance indicators and agreed activity levels.
  • To work to the agreed model and number of clinical contacts per week as set by the service
  • To provide advice and consultation on clients' care, to non-CBT colleagues and to non-professional carers.
  • To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development and research within the areas served by the team.
  • To deliver and support the delivery of CBT within agreed activity levels and an agreed model.
  • To work with the Team Leader and Clinical Leads to provide a co-production role in managing waiting times, prevalence and recovery

Main duties of the job

An existing opportunity exists for several suitably qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, who are passionate about providing meaningful and effective therapeutic experiences to address common mental health problems, to join the Fylde and Wyre Mindsmatter team (IAPT Services).

Mindsmatter CBT Therapists offer accessible screening to ensure appropriate referrals to the service, assessment and treatment for mild to moderate mental health problems, giving service users a greater degree of choice and flexibility by providing an extensive menu of therapies including psycho-education courses, 1:1 therapy, and group and computerised CBT programs.

You will have a proven track record of delivering high quality service outcomes against robust performance measures and have excellent interpersonal qualities; time management skills; an ability to work autonomously; and an enthusiasm for working in an ever-developing IAPT environment.

Mindsmatter is an innovative and forward thinking service. We provide rapid accessible mental health screening, assessment and treatment whilst enabling people accessing the service to have a collaborative role in the choice of intervention they receive.

The services are underpinned by a philosophy of mental health promotion, health recovery, choice, empowerment and personal responsibility.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Formally recognised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Post Graduate (Master's Level) diploma
  • CBT Accreditation with BABCP
  • AND Professional qualification in health or social care, e.g. RMN or Social Worker OR KSA equivalence
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Extensive theoretical and clinical Knowledge of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.). and disorder specific models
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the IAPT model and a willingness to develop the service clinically.
  • An understanding of the key performance indicators in IAPT services and how they relate to clinical practice.
Experience Essential
  • Experience delivering specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy assessment and treatment of clients in Adult Mental Health.
  • A broad range of experience of working with a wide variety of clients that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience and knowledge of providing clinical supervision, utilising appropriate supervision models
  • Experience of Promoting wellbeing and social inclusion.
Skilla & Ablilities Essential
  • Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required.
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to cope with unpleasant working conditions.
Work Related Circumstances Essential
  • 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 travel around the Trust.
  • Able to work in UK.

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