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Maternity Cover Qualified High Intensity CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

A qualified High Intensity CBT Therapists (HITs) in Stevenage. The role is within the NHS Talking Therapies (previously IAPT). The HITs work within the team providing CBT to people experiencing common mental health problems.

You will be part of an NHS Talking Therapies service and will provide high intensity interventions - initially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will work with clients who have a range of common mental health problems such as Anxiety and Depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

The High Intensity Therapist will take the lead role in providing support, education and problem solving skills to the GPs and primary health care team particularly in the areas of assessment and management of mental health problems.

NHS Talking Therapies Hertfordshire was one of the first NHS Talking Therapies services in the UK to achieve accreditation status with the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS). As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, APPTS, a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement and the British Psychological Society, provides a network through which best practice can be shared.

Main duties of the job

Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP, BABCP) and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

All high-intensity CBT therapists are expected to adhere to BABCP codes of conduct.

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT and other agreed psychological therapies

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

Contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.


Person Specification



  • Post Graduate Diploma in CBT and eligibility for BABCP accreditation.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth & Pilling 2007)
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at Graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy or an equivalent level of training and experience under the BABCP KSA criteria.


  • BABCP Accredited
  • Demonstrable experience of working in primary care



  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Commitment to developing knowledge of local and wider systems and networks


  • Trained in provision of supervision in CBT
  • Completed clinical audits within a service
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other mental health problems

Physical effort


  • Requirement for regular/daily to travel between office base and allocated GP surgeries where service delivered.
  • Requirement to carry laptop/files between office base and surgeries in line with all relevant HPFT policies



  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability & skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good relationships with all health professional in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system
  • Computer literate


  • Fluent in languages other than English

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


N Wellbeing Team - Stevenage

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