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High Intensity Therapist - CBT

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Blandford Forum
£26,245 to £30,033 a year p.a.
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Part Time
Are you an experienced Hi Intensity therapist looking to support families, to help remain and stay together. Dorset Council's Safeguarding Families Together team can has an opportunity for you.

The Safeguarding Families Together (SFT) approach recognises the importance of adult workers to work across the service to support bringing about changes to children and families' lives. SFT is a strength-based model, and a way of working with families so that where-ever possible they can stay together, and children can remain safely at home. It will help families to identify what changes could be made in their daily life and provide the dedicated support to enable them to achieve this. One of the principles of the service is the use of 'motivational interviewing' techniques to motivate parents to make, maintain changes and reducing the risk of significant harm to children.

If you would like to see the difference that providing the right support can make to a family's life then please visit:

It also means that the responsibility for a family is shared among a team of professionals, reducing the risk placed on any one individual. Instead, social workers, Child and Family Workers, domestic abuse practitioners & officers, recovery workers, mental health practitioners and psychologists all work closely together to support families and keep children safe. All workers participate in group supervision, contribute to analysis and decision making.

Main duties of the job

Work in a co located MDT team with social care practitioners and
  • Domestic Abuse Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Probation Service Officer
  • Domestic Abuse Practitioner
  • Drug & Alcohol Worker
  • Mental Health Workers

The teams will work together to support families to keep together where it is safe to do so. Our approach is to support families using a technique of motivational interviewing and CBT which is designed to empower and engage parents to make the positive changes needed to achieve improved outcomes for their children and their own wellbeing. By meeting the complex needs of the adults, we can reduce the risk to children.

Attend Group case management supervision in a MDT team with social workers, substance misuse workers and DV workers.

Provide trauma focused CBT treatment in patient homes using evidenced based models

Receive clinical supervision

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification

Educational Requirements / Qualifications


  • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology Or Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course [Post Graduate Diploma] Or A recorded/registered qualification in one of- nursing, social work, occupational therapy or a psychological therapy plus further post graduate qualification training in CBT.
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • Accreditation with appropriate professional body (HPC, BABCP).


  • Evidence of commitment to ongoing professional development

Skills / Experience / Knowledge base


  • Demonstrated experience of working in mental health services with clients who present with a range of mental health issues and degrees of complexity.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrated high standards in written communication
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients their families/carers and other professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrates and understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services.
  • Trained in provision of supervision for CBT

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.
  • Ability to be self reflective whilst working with service users and in own personal and professional development and in supervision.

Car owner / driver


  • Subject to provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset Council - Blandford Childrens Centre

Black Lane

Blandford Forum

DT11 8SW

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