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Talking Therapies Step 2 Quality & Training Service Lead

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

INTERNAL ONLY - This post is open to Berkshire Healthcare NHS Employees Only

Interviews will be held on 27 May 2024.

A Monday-Friday working pattern is just one of the attractions of a PWP Co Ordinator role with Talking Therapies. This role is a full time role 37.5 hours but we will consider applicants who are part time.

We are looking for a qualified Band 8A PWP Quality and training lead to join our friendly team at locations across Berkshire - (Newbury, Reading, Wokingham, WAM (Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead), Bracknell and Slough)

We are a Talking Therapies service that leads on innovation, boasting a new preceptorship programme for our staff, allowing them to have a clear progression plan and develop in their career with us.

The post holder will support and develop quality improvement initiatives at step 2. Develop understanding and strategies to enhance clinical outcomes at step 2 and to coordinate recovery deep dives and action plans arising from these. To plan and coordinate clinical supervision training for new supervisors. To support the development of clinical supervisors through CPD and supervision of supervision.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing low intensity or high intensity interventions using cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression
  • Lead on the development of the step 2 service under the direct guidance of the clinical service manager
  • Working closely with the step 3 team leads/clinical service leads and managers to build the interface between step 2 and 3 and ensure a seamless service for all clients.
  • Develop links and care pathways' for clients.
  • Lead the step 2 services and team members, managing the capacity within step 2 across West or East Berkshire.
  • Case management and line management responsibility for the Step 2 Co Ordinator's.
  • Opportunities to support a diverse population of patients
  • Yearly training opportunities

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • The post holder will be part of a Talking Therapies service and will be appropriately qualified to provide Talking Therapies approved Low Intensity interventions for a range of Anxiety and Depression related problems i.e. PWP qualified.
  • Post graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments (IAPT pathways)
  • Registered with BABCP or BPS for PWP Accreditation. (Please note this is now a standard requirement of all IAPT services)
  • Talking Therapies Supervisor trained

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Kelly Barnard on: 0300 365 2000 or email: who'll be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to post graduate PWP certificate level
  • LTC certificate of competency
  • PWP Supervisor training


  • British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy or BPS PWP Supervisor accreditation

Continuous Professional Development


  • Clearly demonstrable significant increase in depth and breadth or knowledge in relation to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy theory and practice beyond the level of postgraduate diploma
  • Quality Improvement and/or Project Management training/experience

Previous Experience


  • A minimum of 5 years post qualification experience of PWP level assessment and treatment of clients in Primary Care Adult Mental Health
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of clients that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to psychological therapists


  • Experience of the application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in different cultural contexts

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • 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
  • Evidence of ability to develop and evaluate areas of care and treatment
  • Skills in providing advice to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Keyboard skills sufficient to enter data/write reports
  • Experience of strategic planning and leading clinical networks
  • Developing digital clinical programmes
  • Registered with BABCP or BPS for PWP registration or CBT accreditation


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to demonstrate an interest in working with adults with 'common' mental health needs
  • Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately
  • Ability to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Willingness to work across Berkshire
  • Able to work in UK


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Talking Therapies West - PWP, University of Reading

Erlegh House, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road



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