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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist - Perinatal

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024
Are you an experienced and compassionate Cognitive - Behavioural therapist who is passionate about supporting women, their babies and families?

Are you looking to gain specialist skills and experience in a supportive MDT setting? If so, then please consider joining us! The Lancashire and South Cumbria SPCMHT Perinatal Service has a reputation for providing kind and expert care to women, their families and babies during the perinatal period (conception up to two years).

We are a multidisciplinary service and work closely with partner agencies, including Maternity Services, Health Visiting, Adult Mental Health Services and the Reproductive TraumaService.

We have a great opportunity for a qualified CBT therapist to join our Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Team (SPCMHT) team covering Pennine Lancashire. We can offer the equivalent of 28hours per week for 12 months (or you may choose to work more hours over a shorter period of time, depending on your preference). This is to cover our current post holder's maternity leave.

You will be welcomed into an established psychology and therapy team embedded in the MDT, and will have good support from psychology and therapy peers across the team and service. We understand you might not have worked in perinatal mental health before, but we wouldencourage applications from therapists who have a special interest in this client group and who feel they can work creatively and flexibly.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide maternity cover, offering qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to women and birthing people who are in the perinatal period and experiencing moderate to severe/complex perinatalmental health difficulties.

The post holder will be part of a large multi-disciplinary Service and, as such, will work within its coordinated framework.

The post holder will work within the procedures, protocols and guidelines for the service.

The post holder will plan and organise their work schedule and tasks, having managerial and clinicalsupervision as the role demands.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/BA Honours degree in Psychology, Mental Health Nursing, OT or other suitable mental health or Social Work qualification. Further training and accredited CBT qualification BABCP accreditation as a CBT Therapist and other Mental Health Professional e.g. nursing



  • Specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of therapies and approaches applied to clinical practice, particularly in respect of adults with moderate to severe mental health problems. Able to plan, prioritise and organise own caseload, treatment programmes involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity High levels of ability to communicate effectively with the network around women and their families during the perinatal period



  • Experience of work in either a severe and enduring mental health service, IAPT service or equivalent.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


L7F9 L7848 Pennine Lancs SPCMHT

Daisyfield Mill



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