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IAPT High Intensity Trainee - Wyre Forest

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Please note any applicants will also need to apply separately to the University of Birmingham by no later than 5th May 2024.

The service will be unable to consider any shortlisted applicants who have not submitted an application directly to the University of Birmingham.

Applications can be made at the attached link.

Selection is a two-stage process:
  • An academic screening exercise which will take place at the University of Birmingham on 4th June 2024
  • A remote interview, currently planned to take place between the 11th and 20th June 2024, conducted jointly by the University of Birmingham and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Talking Therapies.

Interviewees should expect to be able demonstrate their eligibility, either through the core profession or KSA route.

For further information, FAQs, and further application details please consult the CBT programme website or contact the admissions

You will be expected to complete the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy High Intensity Postgraduate Diploma with University of Birmingham. The training will commence in September 2024 and will consist of 2 days study at the University and three days supervised practice with NHS Talking Therapies.

On successful completion of the postgraduate diploma you will be eligible to become accredited with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapists, and will be offered a permanent Band 7 High Intensity Therapist post.

Main duties of the job

We have an exciting opportunity to undertake training to become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within the Wyre Forest NHS Talking Therapies Team.

The role is suitable for applicants who have obtained a qualification in a core profession, or can demonstrate they meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSA) outlined by the BABCP.

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, office-based working and attendance at University. Under supervision you will collaboratively with patients in your care to assess and provide psychological interventions and support individuals to work towards recovery. You will maintain clear and accurate clinical records and will be supported to embed learning and reflect in and on practice via regular supervision. You will be recording clinical sessions for academic purposes. You will be offered regular opportunity for peer support. You will share an effective interface both with your team and with relevant allied agencies within the care pathway. Alongside managing a small caseload, you will also be undertaking academic assignments. Preparation and organisation will form a key part of your weekly structure.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

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 initiative and take responsibility for the quality of their work and the service provided to patients.

Be accountable for own professional actions and matters of clinical judgement.

Will provide High Intensity interventions and assessments whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role.

Work within the service using newly developed clinical skills whilst attending the training programme ensuring that you meet the required clinical and educational components of the course.

Attend regular clinical supervision and line management as required by the service.

Work with patients from diverse populations and make reasonable adjustments to enable equal opportunities for all.

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

Please be advised NHS Jobs Service will not be available
  • 6pm on Friday 19 April to 9am on Monday 22 April 2024
  • 6pm on Friday 26 April to 9am on Monday 29 April 2024

Do not attempt to use the service at these times and consider this for your application submission.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable experience of working within mental health services
  • Experience of conducting accurate and detailed clinical assessments and management of risk


  • Demonstrable experience of working in a service with patients who have mild/moderate mental health problems
  • Worked within a service whereby agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working within a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • Experience of working with diverse communities within a multi-cultural setting



  • Must be qualified and registered in the appropriate core profession as determined by the training body Nursing (RMN or Learning Disability), Social work, Occupational Therapy, Arts Therapy, Teacher of Special Education/Needs with additional counselling/ psychotherapy training, Psychotherapy/ Psychotherapeutic Counselling with UKCP Registration, Counselling with BACP Accreditation, Probation Services (DipPS), Psychiatrist or General Practitioner
  • Or (for CBT trainees only): Evidence of meeting knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer



  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the issues surrounding work/family and other external factors and the impact it can have on mental health.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post .


  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems

Skills & Abilities


  • Computer literate and able to articulate clear and concise clinical notes.
  • Ability to construct clear reports and letters to referrers.
  • Ability to meet agreed/ specified service targets.
  • Ability to convert theory to practice.

Additional Criteria


  • Able to commit to 100% attendance of appropriate training course.
  • Ability to work under pressure.


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role.

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


The Robertson Centre

Bewdley Road


DY11 6RJ

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