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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 Hours Per Week.

NHS Kirklees Talking Therapies service provides psychological therapies for people experiencing depression and anxiety in a primary care setting. We are keen to hear from suitably experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated individuals who are focused on providing patient centred care of the highest quality.

The successful candidate will work within a busy Talking Therapies team providing time limited, evidence-based therapy in accordance with NICE guidance. The provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of a range of therapeutic approaches offered within a stepped care model. We have a large and vibrant team from a variety of therapeutic modalities.

NHS Talking Therapies are a patient focused and proactive mental healthcare provider, committed to delivering high quality care, and working in partnership with service users, carers, health and social care agencies, and voluntary agencies. Our team provide NICE compliant psychotherapy incorporating CBT, Counselling and Guided Self Help to clients in primary care across Kirklees.

We hold clinics both in Trust premises as well as in primary care settings across the area to ensure that we are, as much as possible, nearby for the people that use the service.

NHS Talking Therapies are also dedicated to providing a supportive working environment for employees, and are keen to support staff with their development, providing a high level of training and supervision to clinical practitioners at all levels.

Main duties of the job

As a High Intensity CBT Therapist, you will be working with clients who have a range of anxiety and depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. You will hold a caseload of clients, as well as managing other duties. We welcome newly qualified applicants, as well as clinicians who have experience of managing a caseload and who have worked within an NHS Talking Therapies service.

Some of the main duties of this role include:

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 behavioural therapists and trainees.

To deliver CBT 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 promote wellbeing and social inclusion.

To take clinical specialty in a designated areas of work i.e. LTC, Older adults, veterans, etc.

To take a role in service development, including engaging and working with other agencies.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide specialist psychotherapy skills within a multidisciplinary team. The post holder will provide a high quality clinical service to the users of the service.

They will provide highly specialist assessment and intervention while working collaboratively with non-psychology and psychotherapy professionals from other agencies and carers. They will be clinically responsible to a senior clinical psychologist or psychotherapist. Clinical oversight of all work will be held by the clinical lead in the service.

The job plan will be delivered in the services the post is based.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team while observing Trust and National policies and procedures.

The post holder will utilise research skills in audit, service development and research relevant to the post.

To offer consultation, supervision and training when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of people referred to the service.

To provide consultation, assessment and intervention in the service.

To work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary context.

To provide assessment and treatment options for people experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health problems.

To exercise expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practise.

To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training, experience, and supervision.

To provide specialist risk assessment of and intervention to people who present to the service.

To follow appropriate Adult and Child Protection guidelines in all Clinical work, including close liaison with all agencies.

To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of the client.

To work jointly with other team members in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to people and their families.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.

To receive regular professional supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist or psychotherapist and where appropriate, other senior clinicians.

Person Specification

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Registered qualification in core mental health social welfare profession OR Honours Degree in Psychology and completion of Low Intensity IAPT Training and Knowledge Skills and Attitudes Accreditation with BABCP.
  • Qualifying level course in Psychotherapy or equivalent at Masters level e.g. A Post Graduate Diploma plus additional training and experience as demonstrated by: additional training and experience in offering CBT for Complex cases, DBT training or Mindfulness based approaches in CBT.
  • Eligible for Registration Accreditation with the relevant professional accrediting body for the model of psychotherapy relevant to this post e.g. UKCP, ACAP, BABCP.



  • Supervision training or experience of supervising other practitioners, or evidence of substantial experience in research, audit or service evaluation.
  • Completion of significant supervised clinical practice.
  • Ability to carry out assessment, formulation and intervention.


  • Experience in working with service users in the clinical area of the post.
  • Different theoretical approaches.
  • Work with other disciplines.
  • Work with people who have disabilities.



  • Evidence of additional training in CBT for complex cases, DBT or Mindfulness.
  • Supervision training.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • IT Literate.


  • Research skills.
  • Knowledge of adult & child protection legislation.
  • Awareness of legislation relevant to the clinical area of practice.

Personal Attributes


  • Caring.
  • Team Player.
  • Commitment to supervision and support.


  • Flexible.
  • Committed to client group.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Folly Hall Mills

St Thomas' Road



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