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Trainee High Intensity Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year N/A
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Full Time
This is a training role within the NHS Talking Therapies Programme. The post-holder willwork within Bedfordshire Talking Therapies Service providing high intensity interventionswhilst undertaking the post graduate training required for this role. This intensive trainingpost will equip the post holder to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service toclients with a range of complex problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinicallyeffective. The post holder will work in the service for three days of the week using the newlydeveloped skills whilst attending the training programme for the other two days.The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, usinginterpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Main duties of the job

To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies andprocedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and thehealth of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that informationprocessed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in linewith the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position forpersonal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in thecourse of their official duties.This Job Description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may bereviewed in conjunction with the post holder in light of service development.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and anyregulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP, BABCP), and keepup to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g.NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).Ensure that patient confidentiality is protected at all times.Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBTEnsure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed withsenior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.Keep up to date all records in relation to Continuous Professional Development andensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latesttheoretical and service delivery models/developments.Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in mental health nursing, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling, clinical or counselling psychology, teacher or special needs educator or probation officer.
  • Or Qualified PWP, with 2 years post qualification experience in NHS Talking Therapies. Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP.


  • Experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression. (2)



  • 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 referrers


  • additional roles in psychological based services/primary care

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • 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

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Gilbert Hitchcock House

21 Kimbolton Road


MK40 2AW

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