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high intensity CBT therapist Band 7

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Full Time
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ELFT Remote IAPT Service (ERIS) is seeking to appoint remote-working online therapists (HI-CBT): 12-months fixed term contract.

Work from home, or anywhere in the UK, by taking advantage of this brand-new opportunity to join ERIS, an innovative and forward-looking completely remote IAPT service, within the NHS, which places emphasis on staff wellbeing and development, particularly as we fully emerge from the effects of the pandemic.

This is a chance to work flexibly, within the service hours of 8am - 8pm Mon-Fri, and deliver individual therapy, triages and group interventions via a range of modalities, remotely supporting the work of the four community IAPT services in the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) which has been rated Outstanding by Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is committed to ensuring a healthy work/life balance and a positive working environment.

Main duties of the job

In-house supervision and line-management, paid administration time, bespoke CPD, the full resources of NHS IAPT and the support of an enthusiastic, engaged and inclusive team are just some of the benefits of joining ERIS. This is an extraordinary opportunity to join a unique NHS service at ground-level and to help to shape its future, while gaining or retaining all the benefits of working for the NHS.

This vacancy is offered as a 12-months fixed term opportunity, with the expectation that all clinical staff offer one late online evening clinic per week (12pm until 8pm).

Although the post is offered as remote-working, the service provides regular contact in the form of online video groups and 1-2-1 meetings/'huddles' to encourage interaction within a highly supportive and caring team. We have a monthly service online meeting where everyone comes together to receive updates on issues concerning all.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

ERIS delivers a range of psycho-educational and high-intensity therapeutic interventions remotely via video, telephone and typed text-based sessions, ensuring the highest quality care for our patients and supporting therapist development through excellent supervision, line-management and bespoke CPD. Our posts are formulated to allow for development of clinical expertise in appropriate clinical areas.

The post-holder will provide high intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in line with NICE guidance. We value training and qualifications in other high intensity therapies and will support those wishing to develop their careers by training in other recognised modalities. (CPD). The post-holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary.

The post-holder will work with clients who present with a range of complex anxiety disorders, post- traumatic stress disorder and depression related problems at step 3 for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. The post holder will carry out telephone and web-

camera based face to face assessments as part of their case load and depending on service need.

We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic and someone willing to contribute to the service and embrace different and modern ways of working. This post offers opportunities to work with a range of professionals from different therapeutic backgrounds and to be part of an evolving, integrating team.

Person Specification Education Essential
  • HCPC registered Counselling or Clinical Psychologist (eligible for BABCP accreditation) OR
  • Relevant specialist trainings or qualifications in other High Intensity Therapies and accreditation with professional body
  • Psychological Therapist/High Intensity therapist (CBT) with a core mental health training e.g. nursing, social work, accredited and registered by BABCP, UKCP and HPC
  • All applicants must be BABCP accredited or eligible to apply for accreditation within 6 months
  • Training in provision of supervision for CBT
  • Training or qualification in providing CBT in group formats.
  • Significant post qualification experience.
Experience Essential
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrate high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Experience of delivering therapy in a group format
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision
  • Experience of delivering therapy through interpreters
  • Experience in treating post-traumatic stress disorder
skills and Competencies Essential
  • Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007)
  • 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
  • Understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Completed clinical audits within a service
  • Experience of using IAPT clinical systems, e.g. IAPTUS
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety disorders and depression and how these problems may present in Primary Care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health / benefits & employment systems
  • 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
  • Fluent in languages other than English
Training Essential
  • Good record of continuing professional development (CPD) and willingness to continue this
  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
Other Requirements Essential
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and case management positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, & in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for the new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system
  • Ability to self-regulate and manage time well when unsupervised
  • Competent with IT packages and communication via online platforms. E.g., MS Teams, Office 365, WebEx, Email

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