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High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (HICBT)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about delivering CBT and looking for a new opportunity?

NHS Somerset Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression (previously IAPT) are looking for a HICBT Therapist for this hybrid role based in our Wells team (covering the Mendip area) to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy both face to face in person and via video consultation.

WE AREa busy Talking Therapies service in one of England's most desirable counties. Alongside CBT, we offer other time-limited Step 3 interventions (IPT, DIT, PCE, EMDR, MBCT) as well as Step 2 treatments, including guided self help, groups, webinars and a digital self-help portal.

WE PROVIDEeffective and timely evidence-based therapies following the Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression model. We value patient outcomes and have a high recovery rate consistently above the national target . Our innovative assessment and treatment model means there is no wait for step 2 interventions and effective process for accessing step 3 interventions.

BLENDED WORKINGWe currently provide CBT both remotely via video consultation and in person at venues across Somerset, therapists have a mixture of remote and venue based working within the team locality. Successful applicants would be expected to be flexible to adapt to patient and service need. We operate from and around four bases (Bridgwater, Chard, Taunton & Wells). We do not currently have any fully remote contracts available.

Main duties of the job

THE ROLEto provide high intensity CBT interventions, working with clients who suffer from a range of anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for which CBT is evidenced to be clinically effective. Experienced therapists also be trained to provide duty cover to support other members of the team with clinical queries.Therapists with with appropriate training and experience provide clinical supervision. We provide individual clinical supervision exceeding BABCP requirements in addition to group supervision. As recommended by BABCP newly qualified therapists receive a higher frequency and duration of supervision. Clinical supervisors routinely receive supervision of supervision.

WE VALUEContinuing Professional Development (CPD) and support our therapists to undertake relevant training based on their individual development needs and requirements of the service. These include NHS Talking Therapies training in Clinical Supervision, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT), Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (LTC-MUS) and 'top up' trauma focused Cognitive Therapy for PTSD.The wellbeing of our staff is paramount to the service. We support this through wellbeing champions in each of the teams offering a menu of wellbeing activities to choose from including thinking pit stops and mindfulness sessions regular team building away days managerial supervision and a dedicated trust colleague wellbeing and support service.

About us

WE OFFERthe opportunity to make a difference to the wellbeing of a diverse population and to work amidst supportive and friendly colleagues and dependable managerial and clinical leaders. Regular managerial support, clinical supervision, CPD opportunities, a generous relocation schemeand a secure pension plan are complemented by a range of additional benefits available under the NHS employment benefits scheme.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

Must be car driver or access to transport to travel to locations throughout the organisation with appropriate business insurance.

WE WELCOMEapplications from those who represent the diversity of our client group. As a trust we have a thriving Diversity Network and as service we are working hard to ensure we follow the Talking Therapies Positive Practice Guides. We welcome applicants with all forms of diversity including those with lived experience of using mental health services.

WE WELCOMEapplicants from people with various levels of experience:
  • Due to be qualifying shortly and fully committed to achieving BABCP accreditation as soon as possible*
  • Have recently qualified, applied for or fully committed to achieving BABCP accreditation as soon as possible*
  • Are an experienced CBT therapist accredited by BABCP

*Applicants who dont currently hold BABCP accreditation - Please clearly evidence in the supporting information section how you meet BABCP accreditation standards. You will be required to bring this evidence to your interview, and if successful, to apply for accreditation on commencement of the post.We encourage you to ensure your application clearly demonstrates how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification.

Please complete your application as soon as possible as we aim to invite suitable candidates to interview promptly.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BABCP Accredited or accreditable and fully committed to achieving BABCP accreditation ASAP
  • PG Dip in CBT (Accredited NHS Talking Therapies CBT Training or CBT training and experience with adults with anxiety and depression)


  • Further post-qualification training e.g. clinical supervision, LTC-MUS, MBCT



  • Demonstrates awareness and application of supervision of others
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to Stepped Care and the National Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression framework.



  • Significant experience of working in a mental healthcare setting
  • Experience of delivering CBT to adults with depression and anxiety disorders


  • Experience of working in an NHS Talking Therapies service

Skills and abilities


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by a well written application
  • Skills in developing and implementing focussed, time limited treatment plans.


  • Ability to provide clinical supervision.

Physical Skills


  • Car driver or access to transport to travel to locations throughout the organisation with appropriate business insurance (unless exempt under the equality act)

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Bracken House


TA20 1YA

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