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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa / pro rata for part time
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
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We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to join our Specialist Sussex-Wide Family Eating Disorder Service (SFEDS). SFEDS works with young people aged 10-18 with Anorexia Nervosa/ Bulimia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa and their families, and supports recovery through Evidence Based Interventions such as Maudsley Family Therapy models, group work, and CBT-E. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality evidenced based treatment in accordance with NICE Guidelines and National Access and Waiting Time Standards.

You will be joining a service of highly skilled and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Clinical Psychology and Assistant Psychologists, Nurses, Support Workers, Dietitian, and Social Workers with support from an outstanding administration team. Our team is responsible for covering all of Sussex, operating as a hub and spoke model with Crawley Down Health Centre as the main team hub.

Due to an exciting service expansion we are recruiting to a number of new positions, including a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will offer high-quality specialist psychological therapy specialist service to young people and families. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing individual and groupwork and will be provide supervision and professional support to relevant colleagues.

You will support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training and by participating in systematic clinical governance.

You will work with complex presentations suitable for psychological therapy in the team, utilising a high level of knowledge and experience and adapting approaches as appropriate, with regard to evidence-based practice.

All new starters will be offered training relevant to their role.

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:
  • 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
  • Easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. 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

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


In order to be a successful Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in our team you will have:
  • A recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions recognised by BABCP AND current registration with the core professional body
  • A recognised post graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (or equivalent) and accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
  • Comfortable in providing intervention and treatment for young people with eating disorders
  • Experienced in working with people presenting with mental health problems

It would also be advantageous if you have:
  • Experience within an Eating Disorders team/ service

SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

Part-time hours can be considered Minimum 22.5 hrs per week.

  • To provide a qualified, high-quality specialist psychological therapy service to individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways.
  • To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy.
  • To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues
  • To provide consultation and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Elizabeth Dunn Senior Clinical Psychologist SFEDS,

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant)

Person Specification Qualifications 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 experience in care group after completing training, 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.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the professional registration/accrediting body specified in the same appendix.
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 be able to use a PC.
  • Ability to manage a working environment that includes flexible working across a range of venues and locations

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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