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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Part Time
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Band 7, �43,742 - �50,056 per annum pro rata, 30 hours per week

We are looking to recruit a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to provide a range of effective treatments for a broad range of common mental health problems in Primary Care, focusing on anxiety disorders and depression. Candidates must have a post-graduate level qualification in CBT, and be eligible for BABCP accreditation

Main duties of the job

We are seeking BABCP Accredited / Accreditable CBT Therapists who will deliver flexible clinical sessions in designated GP practices and other community venues, and spend time in the Service Hubs as required as part The Stoke-on-Trent NHS Talking Therapy Service is an innovative primary care service which involves partnership arrangements between North Staffordshire Combined Health Care (NSCHCT), Midland Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT), and the Third Sector. we are initially looking to recruit into a fixed term post to cover maternity leave. Candidates must have a post-graduate level qualification in CBT, and be eligible for BABCP accreditation.All therapists are actively encouraged to participate in clinical research projects, and to pursue their own research/professional development interests.

Job Summary:The post holder will provide high intensity cognitive behavioural interventions to clients who have a range of mild to moderate common mental health problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary.

About us

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is a leading provider of mental health, social care, learning disability and substance misuse services in the West Midlands.

We are a forward-thinking Trust and are extremely proud to have attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), one of only two specialist mental health Trusts in England to achieve this.

We're also delighted to have won the prestigious award of 'Trust of the Year' at the national Health Service Journal Awards 2022.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it' and the way we do inclusion is no exception. As a 'Disability Confident Employer', we very much believe that inclusion is something that you feel when you work at the Trust and we are continuously developing our culture of inclusion. Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience.

The Stoke-on-Trent NHS Talking Therapy Service is an innovative primary care service which involves partnership arrangements between North Staffordshire Combined Health Care (NSCHCT), Midland Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT), and the Third Sector.

As a Centre for research as well as clinical practice, we work in partnership with Staffordshire and Keele Universities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Duties/Responsibilities


1.1. Assess clients for suitability for psychological interventions within the stepped care model.

1.2. While in a duty worker role make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the stepped care principles and protocols, and direct/signpost unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.

1.3. Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.

1.4. Use highly developed communication skills in working with people to understand their personal and often very sensitive difficulties

1.5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients in line with the service.

1.6. Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.

1.7. Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.

1.8. Keep records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols, IAPT is a paperless service.

1.9. Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.

1.10. Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process

1.11. Carry out clinical audits of service performance, including service user surveys and evaluations, and help to collate and disseminate the results for feedback.

1.12. Provide specialist advice and consultation to other professionals / individuals / groups / committees across Mental Health Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and other voluntary agencies regarding service matters related to the practice and delivery of specific agreed therapeutic modalities and service provision.


2.1. Contribute to the teaching and training of mental health professionals and other staff working in the service.

2.2. Where appropriate and in agreement with manager, supervise staff in the service.


3.1. Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. BPS, UKCP, BABCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g., National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

3.2. Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

3.3. Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT and other psychological therapies.

3.4. Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development (CPD).

3.5. Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with the Clinical Lead.

3.6. Participate in individual performance review ( PDR ) and respond to agreed objectives.

3.7. Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

3.8. Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

3.9. Participate in service improvement by highlighting issues and implementing changes in practice.


4.1. Provide an advisory service on matters related to the practice and delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to individuals/groups/committees across the Trust.

4.2. Promote and maintain links with Secondary Care Staff to help co-ordinate the provision of an effective Psychological Therapies Service.


5.1. To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

5.2. To work flexibly to meet the needs of the service, it is expected that 1 late clinic a week is offered.

5.3. To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies.

Person Specification



  • post graduate diploma in CBT


  • BABCP accreditation



  • experience of delivering CBT within competence framework ( Roth and Pilling 2007)


  • experience of working in NHS Talking Therapy Services

knowledge and skills


  • full range of skills and competencies laid out in competencies framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007)
  • computer literate


  • Experience of using IAPTus patient management system



  • able to demonstrate clinical outcomes


  • able tomeet expected performance targets

Employer details

Employer name

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust


Hope Centre

Upper Huntbach Street, Hanley



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