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Psychological Therapist (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist)

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic clinician, to provide a highly specialist CYP IAPT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service to children and young people up to the age of 18 with mild to moderate/complex anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The post-holder will work in the CYP IAPT CBT team and as part of the Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) partnership, and will contribute to the development of FTB services in accordance with the CYP IAPT principles.

This post is suitable for a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist, or an experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior Mental Health Practitioner, or clinician with a core profession. Clinician will be accredited or working towards accreditation with the BABCP

The post-holder will be part of the CYP IAPT CBT team and deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to children and young people up to the age of 18. in our East Integrated Community Hub at the Blakesley Centre in Yardley for 4 days a week and will offer a 1 day per week in our South Integrated Community HUB at the Oaklands Centre in Selly Oak.

It is essential applicants can meet the travel requirements of the post and be willing to travel between Trust sites and to appointments within the Team catchment area.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sondra Samuda, Clinical Lead for CYP IAPT on Tel: 0121 333 8383 07767 311128, E-mail address:

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work in the CYP IAPT CBT community team and as part of the Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) partnership, and will contribute to the development of FTB services in accordance with the CYP IAPT principles.

To provide a highly specialist CYP IAPT CBT clinical service to a defined population of children and young people with moderate/complex anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, working within a framework of personal objectives, via membership of the CYP IAPT CBT team and as part of the FTB partnership

Previous applicants need not apply.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification

Application and interview


  • Current professional qualification (e.g. D.Clin.Psy, RMN, Mental Health Nursing Qualification). Registered with relevant professional body e.g. Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Post registration or post-doctoral training in a CBT treatment modality to diploma/degree standard as a minimum.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with children and families.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from an variety of sources e.g. ROMs, evidence based literature and research.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Able to maintain a high of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Well-developed skills in 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.
  • Able to work as part of a team and to lead others.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Adhere to professional guidelines and trust clinical governance standards.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. ASD, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities)..
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers.
  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice.
  • Where English is an additional language (EAL), you must demonstrate you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score.
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Ability to analyse complex data, including service data, including good information technology of Microsoft office programs.
  • Ability to produce and maintain good quality written reports, audits and clinical records.
  • Skills in delivering High Intensity CBT
  • Good problem solving skills.
  • Ability to deliver interventions to children, young people and their families.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in children and adolescents.
  • 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.
  • Ability to manage caseload effectively by demonstrating good clinical outcomes.
  • Ensure that confidentiality is protected at all times.
  • Good IT skills and experience of use of software such as word and excel.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to meet agreed / specified service targets.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time.
  • High levels of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Ability to communicate well and to form good relationship with professionals at all levels.
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships.
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality.
  • Ability to be self-reflective whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision.
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively.
  • Interest in developing skills in evidence-based psychological therapies in line with NICE guidance.
  • Ability to travel independently across the BWC/FTB.
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of the CYP IAPT Service.
  • Disclosure and Barring Approval


  • Willingness to undertake further training as required.
  • Significant CYP-IAPT post graduate training in delivery the model and supervision
  • Experience of teaching, training, staff support, research.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experiencing of providing clinical supervision to others
  • Data input e.g. referrals and Routine Outcome Measures
  • Flexibility regarding working hours, including the ability to work some evenings if necessary.
  • Likely to be committed to working within the department for at least two years Interest in service development
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Finch HUB

Finch Road, HUB


B19 1HS

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