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Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
Cudworth, Barnsley
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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2 X 37.5 Hours Per Week

Barnsley NHS Talking Therapies Team aims to improve access to psychological therapy and treatment for people with mild to moderate mental health problems, in Barnsley, to ensure people with common mental health conditions are offered evidence-based treatments.

The service opening hours are Monday-Thursday 9-8 and Friday 9-5. The service offers a range of therapies at step 2 and step 3, delivered by various means including face to face, virtual, telephone and computerised. We offer groups, workshops and one to one appointments to clients.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced professional to train to be become a High Intensity (CBT) Therapist working with clients who present with mild to moderate common mental health problems such as depression and the spectrum of anxiety presentations.

Successful applicants should have a core profession, or able to demonstrate equivalent via KSA.It would also be desirable if you have had training and experience in delivering supervision and have experience working in a primary care setting.

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of anxiety and depression and how these can present in primary care.It is essential that you possess advanced communication skills and a good understanding of clinical risk.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

As a trainee member of the CBT team, you will receive regular supervision at university and in practice, giving the opportunity to develop and practice skills in a safe environment, and then implement these skills in live practice.

You will have responsibility for a reduced caseload where you will assess and treat clients presenting with mild to moderate common mental health problems.

The first 2 weeks of the course will be entirely in university, followed by 2 days at university and 3 days in practice each week.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will undertake a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT on a recognised university course.

On successful completion of the course the post holder will progress to a Band 7 post, as a qualified High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. This post is dependent on successfully completing the university course.

The post holder will provide High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions, with a reduced caseload, within an Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, under the supervision of a BABCP Accredited CBT clinician. The post holder will provide a high quality clinical service to the users of the service.

Clinical oversight of all work will be held by the clinical supervisor within the workplace and in the university, and managerial responsibility is to lead in the service/team manager.

The job plan will be delivered in the services the post is based.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team while observing Trust and National policies and procedures.

To provide High Intensity CBT intervention for people experiencing mild to moderate common mental health problems, under the supervision of a BABCP Accredited CBT clinician.

To exercise clinical judgment based on the highest standards of evidence based practice.To deliver excellent levels of customer care to people, and address or report, in a timely and proactive manner, where these standards have not been met.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and effectively evaluate progress.

To work as part of a team to deliver person centred care whilst meeting the service standards and objectives. To provide risk assessment and intervention to people who present for treatment.

To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of the client. To work jointly with other team members in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to people and their families.

To contribute to the audit processes within the service. To contribute to research in the service area.To undertake project management as required to aid service development.

To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training experience and supervision and apply continuous reflection on own practice.

To utilise theory, evidence based literature and research to support evidence base practice of self and others. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, under the supervision of a BABCP accredited CBT clinician.

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in consultation with the post holders professional lead and service manager(s). To maintain membership of appropriate bodies (i.e. NMC, BABCP, UKCP) and professional bodies appropriate for the model of working.

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychotherapy across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychotherapy and related disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self- governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.

The post- holder will be required to work flexibly both in terms of base and in hours of clinical availability.

Person Specification

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • IT Literate.


  • Research skills.
  • Knowledge of adult & child protection legislation.
  • Awareness of legislation relevant to the clinical area of practice.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • To be willing to undertake Post Graduate Diploma in CBT.
  • To be willing to attend university course 2 days per week.



  • For Knowledge/Skills Attitudes (KSA) applicants a minimum of 2 years qualified as a PWP.
  • 2 years post qualification in relevant core profession.


  • Experience in working with service users in the clinical area of the post.
  • Different theoretical approaches.
  • Work with other disciplines.
  • Work with people who have disabilities.

Personal Attributes


  • Caring.
  • Team Player.
  • Commitment to supervision and support.


  • Flexible.
  • Committed to client group.



  • Registered qualification in core mental health/social welfare profession OR Honours Degree in Psychology and completion of Low Intensity IAPT Training and Knowledge/Skills and Attitudes.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Barnsley Talking Therapies

Rose Tree Avenue

Cudworth, Barnsley


S72 8UA

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