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Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Full Time
We are recruiting for Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapists to join Sussex Partnership Trust working in either the East Sussex NHS Talking Therapies service (Health in Mind) or Brighton and Hove NHS Talking Therapies service (Brighton Wellbeing service).

NHS Talking Therapies services provide evidence-based treatments for people with depression and/or a range of anxiety-based difficulties within primary care.

Please see our websites for further information and

Main duties of the job

This is a training role which requires attendance and successful completion of the 1 year PGDip in High Intensity Psychological Therapies alongside working within the NHS Talking Therapies services, offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and assessments to clients in the community.

Information and entry requirements can be found on the University of Sussex website

Successful candidates will be employed by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and will attend University 2.5 days per week during the academic year. The remainder of the week in service delivering CBT treatments & assessments.

You will be expected to attend University in person and required to work a minimum of 2 days at a base in East Sussex or in Brighton and Hove.

Please refer to the person specification for further information.

If successful, you will be based in one of the following areas across East Sussex:
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Eastbourne, Seaford and Hailsham
  • Hastings & Rural Rother
  • High Weald, Lewes and the Havens.

We will ask your preference at interview and will try to accommodate where possible.

All candidates will be employed on a fixed term 1 year contract, however this is a train to retain position. This means that if candidates successfully complete and pass the PGDip in Psychological Therapies and complete all requirements needed for BABCP accreditation they will be offered a Band 7 CBT Therapist role within the NHS Talking Therapies services.

About us

  • The opportunity to work in a highly successful service, to be an integral part of our current Talking Therapies expansion and to be part of our team
  • The opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • A dedicated team who will support you through your training year
  • High quality supervision both within your service and with the University
  • All the autonomy and responsibility you need to manage your caseload
  • Access to numerous wellbeing and support programmes, run by our internal wellbeing team
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • The opportunity to move to a B7 substantive post following successful completion of the training course and application for accreditation with the BABCP

Job description

Job responsibilities

We strongly encourage you to check the job description and the core profession criteria carefully before applying for this post. Please explicitly state how you meet these criteria in your supporting information as this plays a significant role in our shortlisting process.

Please be aware due to the high volume of emails we receive regarding these vacancies, we unfortunately cannot answer questions that are related to your eligibility for the course. We ask you to complete your own research using the information provided within this advert, the job description and through the BABCP website.

Person Specification



  • 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. Please check the BABCP core professions list for specific required qualifications
  • Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP.



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrer
  • 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
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



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BN27 4ER

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