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CBT Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Passionate about CBT and want to join a welcoming and dynamic team? Come and join Lewes CAMHS where your skills, experience and ideas will be appreciated and valued!

We are looking for a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist who's interested in working in systemic and innovative ways to best improve the outcomes of children and young people. We would particularly welcome applicants from minoritized backgrounds and those that actively demonstrate an interest in increasing young peoples' participation in shaping CAMHS delivery. Applicants should hold BABCP accreditation, though we would consider those completing training or working towards accreditation.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the CAMHS team, you would participate in the core multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention work of the team, and engage in multi-agency liaison work as necessary. You would also be required to participate in the supervision, training and the overall governance requirements of SPFT CAMHS.

You'd part of a very busy but lively and welcoming CAMHS team, which offers a wide range of individual, group and systemic interventions, and is involved in a number of innovative evaluation and research projects and service developments. As such, you would be encouraged to develop your skills, ideas and interests to further your expertise and that of the team, in accordance with service needs.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description Job responsibilities

Our team has strong links to universities and researchers and is actively developing a new stepped-care model, including specialist clinical groups for OCD and trauma. A key advantage of working in secondary care is the chance to work alongside and learn from highly specialist nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists (with trainings in systemic, DBT, creative, analytic and CBT). Within Sussex CAMHS we have a strong psychology and CBT team. You will be well-supported with training and CPD, and opportunities for career development.

We operate a pathways model and you would hold some clinical lead responsibilities within these, including decision-making around treatment options, and supervision of low intensity CBT practitioners and Band 6 CBT therapists. You would also play a lead oversight role in our group interventions for anxiety, mindfulness-based CBT, depression, as well as groups specifically for neurodiverse young people and their parents/carers.

We would expect the therapist to be conversant with IAPT principles and SPFT's 'Delivering With, Delivering Well' standards, and practiced in using ROMS and disorder specific outcome measures as part of evaluation and of their work, as well as part of ongoing team audit. It would also be helpful if the therapist has demonstrated experience of offering training and consultation to other professionals within and outside the team as necessary.

Please see attached job description for full role responsibilities and person specification for this post.

For further details / informal visits contact: Dr Nick White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist,

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • A recognised post graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (or equivalent).
  • Accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).
  • A recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions recognised by BABCP, e.g. psychiatric nursing, clinical psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy or counselling AND current registration with the core professional body, OR evidence of having achieved the Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) route to BABCP accreditation.
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development.
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Substantial post-qualification/accreditation experience of specialist psychological therapy (assessment, formulation and treatment), as specified in the same Appendix, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying a psychological therapy to complex difficulties appropriate for this therapy with the client group, and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context.
  • A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision
  • Experience of representing psychological therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.
  • Significant experience of working with the particular client group served by the team/service
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group.
  • A high-level specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapy as specified in the same appendix, as applied to the client group using this service
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Substantial experience in care group after completing training
Skills Essential
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Proven ability to establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Good inter-personal and inter-professional skills and ability to work autonomously as a single discipline practitioner in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • A capacity to reflect upon the therapeutic process and upon one's own part in it.
  • An ability to make effective use of clinical supervision and to utilise these skills in contributing to clinical consultation within the team and to other professional and non professional groups
  • Ability to work within a large geographical area effectively, managing travel arrangements and using creative working solutions
  • Ability to plan and manage a work load
  • Ability to assist or take a lead in specific service development projects
  • Ability to supervise and support psychological therapists in the locality, undertaking appraisals and managing sickness and annual leave where appropriate
  • Ability to use electronic clinical record systems.
  • Ability to use a keyboard and VDU
  • Able to carry out PMVA physical interventions
  • Ability to maintain sustained concentration over considerable time and to be able to manage a number of competing work demands such as clinical work, meetings and organisational targets
  • Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances and take care of own well being on a very regular and frequent basis.
  • 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 manage exposure to upsetting, distressing or challenging behaviours (frequency depends on job setting)
  • Ability to manage a working environment that includes flexible working across a range of venues and locations

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