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Band 6/7 Trainee Interpersonal Psychotherapist-Wilts Talking Therapies

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Devizes or Salisbury
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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The Wiltshire Talking Therapies service offers support to residents of Wiltshire who may be experiencing common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and low mood, offering evidence based treatments.

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for the position of Trainee IPT Psychotherapist. This will initially be a band 6 fixed term post, moving to permanent band 7 once training and accreditation is successfully completed. If you are already operating as a band 7 Talking Therapies HI Practitioner and wish to apply, we can match that grade during the training period.

IPT is an evidence based, NICE recommended treatment for depression and focuses on the connection between mood and the relationships that surround us.

You will provide specialist psychological assessments and therapy whilst completing interpersonal psychotherapy training with the Anna Freud Centre. Course details can be found here: Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training | IPT, online psychotherapy course | Anna Freud Centre.

The course provides the first stage in working towards becoming an IPTUK Accredited IPT Practitioner. Following attendance on the course, accreditation requires four cases to be supervised, with recorded sessions reviewed. Each case runs for 16 sessions. The course starts in September 2024 so we are working towards a start date in August. You will need to be able to attend training days in London and be eligible to apply for the IPT course.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified and specialist psychological therapy service for anxiety and depression to clients, specialising in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).

The IPT course pre-requisites are:
  • Evidence of completing a course of study in a model of psychological therapy
  • A minimum of two years of post-qualification experience delivering psychological therapy
  • At least two years' employment in an NHS, private capacity or voluntary institution delivering psychological therapy with adults
  • At least one of the following:
    • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist or arts therapist
    • BACP or UKCP registered
    • IACP or COSCA accredited
    • GMC registered psychiatrist
    • BABCP accredited

    Applicants should have a mental health qualification and at least two years post qualification experience of providing psychological therapy for people with mental health problems. Applicants with a range of training backgrounds are welcome e.g. clinical and counselling psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists.

    The course is not suitable for applicants who wish to acquire basic therapeutic skills. In addition IPT is in line with a step 3 intervention, and therefore applicants will need to have experience in delivering a step 3 intervention and be registered in this intervention as noted above.

    About us

    We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust): a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

    We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

    Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

    At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    • To provide specialist psychological therapy assessments with clients referred to the NHS Talking Therapies service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
    • To provide at least one NICE recommended psychological therapy for anxiety disorders and/or depression
    • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
    • To be responsible for implementing psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations and drawing upon relevant explanatory models. To be able to use a specific psychological therapy for anxiety and/or depression, in line with NICE guidance, at a specialist level in assessments and interventions.
    • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual.
    • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

    We are currently operating a hybrid working arrangement, where you will be based at either Green Lane Hospital, Devizes or Fountain Way Hospital, Salisbury combined with opportunities for remote working from home. In addition, there may be opportunities to work within the Swindon or Bath & North East Somerset Talking Therapies teams.

    Person Specification



    • Relevant mental health qualification
    • At least one of the following:HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist or arts therapist, BACP or UKCP registered, IACP or COSCA accredited,GMC registered psychiatrist, BABCP accredited


    • A Batchelors degree and/or professional training in a health practitioner field (e.g. nursing, occupational therapy



    • At least two years' employment in an NHS, private capacity or voluntary institution delivering psychological therapy with adults
    • Experience of working with a variety of client groups and presenting problems that reflect a range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


    Green Lane Hospital, Devizes or Fountain Way Hospital, Salisbury

    Devizes or Salisbury

    SN10 5DS

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