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IAPT High Intensity Psychological Therapist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team providing high intensity interventions in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), working with adults aged 16+ who have a range of anxiety and depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. This role will suit qualified therapists who hold an accredited registration with the BABCP or newly qualified CBT Therapists working toward accreditation.

The post holder will work within the service to provide high intensity CBT interventions to patients at Step 3 of the IAPT service. We operate hybrid working to include remote/office based hours to include face to face patient contact, as well as telephone and video conferencing.

The contracted hours are 37.5 over 5 days.

In return we provide flexible working, regular supervision, opportunities for CPD, a wide range of wellbeing and support programmes including access to LGBTQ+, BAME, Disability and Carers Forums.

Main duties of the job

A typical week will involve working autonomously and as part of a team. Working within a hybrid model you will take a blended approach to home and office-based working. You will work collaboratively with patients in your care to assess and provide psychological interventions and support individuals to work towards recovery.

You will manage a caseload of individuals with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety and will keep abreast of the requirements to meet KPI targets. You will undertake CPD to further your skills and knowledge base and there will be opportunities to develop your skills by facilitating groups. You may have an interest in a Champion role as well as involvement in service promotion and development. You will share an effective interface both with your team and with relevant allied agencies within the care pathway.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing including wellbeing festivals and access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Behave consistently with and promote the values and beliefs of the organisation.
  • Act as a role model to colleagues, seeking to maintain the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • Be accountable for own professional actions and matters of clinical judgement.
  • Attend regular clinical supervision and line management as required by the service.
  • Following completion of clinical supervision training, offer clinical/case management supervision, as required.
  • Work with patients from diverse populations and make reasonable adjustments to enable equal opportunities for all.
  • High Intensity Therapists are expected to manage their own time and performance effectively in line with service demands.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Qualification from IAPT high intensity course for adults in the modality required by the service either High intensity CBT, High Intensity PCE-CfD, High Intensity IPT or High Intensity DIT
  • Maintain full accreditation with appropriate body or actively work towards accreditation and achieve provisional accreditation within one year of appointment and full accreditation within two years of appointment
  • Good record of continuing professional development and willingness to continue this
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Qualification in more than one IAPT approved therapy
  • Qualification in other therapeutic approaches such as EMDR or Mindfulness
  • Maintain full accreditation with appropriate body or actively work towards accreditation and achieve provisional accreditation within one year of appointment and full accreditation within two years of appointment
  • Good record of continuing professional development and willingness to continue this
  • Fully accredited with the BABCP
  • Licensed PCE-CfD counsellor and BACP or UKCP accredited
  • Accredited IPT practitioner
  • Accredited practitioner of DIT and BACP or UKCP accredited
  • Post-graduate supervisor training and qualification
  • Trained in provision of supervision for a high intensity therapy

Skills & Abilities


  • Computer literate
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers and patients
  • Advanced communication skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a service for clients with mild-moderate mental health problems
  • Experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating key competences as outlined in Roth & Pilling competency framework
  • Experience of successfully treating a range of presenting problems with high intensity therapy in line with NICE guidance
  • Has worked in a service where agreed targets are in place, demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of using disorder specific measures to inform clinical practice
  • Experience of delivering treatment, using disorder specific models
  • Experience of accurate and detailed assessment and management of risk
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Mental Health Services
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience of delivering more than one high intensity treatment
  • Experience of providing supervision to PWPs and/or high intensity therapists
  • Experience of service promotion
  • Experience of delivering high intensity therapy treatment groups
  • Experience of working within an IAPT service, post high intensity therapy qualification
  • Experience of working with diverse communities and within a multicultural setting



  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
  • 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

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role.

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Benet Building

Ruckhall Lane, Belmont



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