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Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Pennine Care NHS FT
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Stockport Talking Therapies is a successful multi-disciplinary service and is excited with the opportunity to recruit an enthusiastic Band 8a Senior CBT therapist.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high level of specialist expertise within the application of cognitive and / or behavioural treatments, consistent within an IAPT model.To be consulted on cases which will be considered outliers to a standard IAPT operating model, typically labelled as 'complex', 'challenging' or 'chronic', but may fall within a common mental disorders pathway.To ensure IAPT compliance within the service, assuring the service manager of CBT governance and ensuring the delivery of CBT therapies across the service which aims to meet the needs of a largely heterogeneous socio-cultural demographic.To ensure supervision governance standards are delivered within the Supervision of Psychological Therapies competency frame work (CSIP / skills for health) to enable the CBT workforce to deliver NICE compliant recovery focused treatment that meets IAPT model fidelity.To provide clinical supervision and / or supervision of supervision to CBT therapists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) and develop CBT pathways and treatments within the service. The post holder will support the clinical lead in delivering robust clinical leadership across the service, and report to the senior manager and clinical lead.To utilise research skills for audit and service development and support the clinical lead in meeting the research and audit agenda.

About us

Stockport Talking Therapies is a successful multi-disciplinary service and is excited with the opportunity to recruit an enthusiastic Band 8a Senior CBT therapist.

Stockport Talking Therapies is high performing service which provides innovative Primary Care Psychological Therapies using a range of evidenced based treatments for people requiring a brief psychological intervention utilising a stepped care model, in accordance with NICE guidelines.

Within the core IAPT offer the Step 2 service provides Computerised CBT and Guided Self Help with the Step 3 service providing CBT, Eye Movement De-sensitization & Reprocessing, Counselling andInter-Personal therapy.

Group interventions are offered at all Steps. At Step 3, the current group offers include:

Skills for Life group , (for younger people, 16-25 years, using an emotional skills approach)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy group ,

Living well , (for clients living with a Long Term Condition).

The service includes practitioners who specialise in working with Younger People and Peri-natal clients and are accessible for case consultation.

The Step 3.5 service provision uses enhanced therapeutic offers including CBT/EMDR/counselling/CBASP for people whose clinical presentation shows more complexity. Alongside this the Step 3.5 service offers Psycho-Dynamic Therapy and Psycho Sexual Therapy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

-Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

-Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the cognitive and behavioural model of psychopathology.- Assess clients for their suitability for psychological interventions- Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer clients who do not meet service eligibility on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.-Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.- Use highly developed communication skills in working with people to understand their personal and often very sensitive difficulties-To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment andtreatment of clients in line with the service criteria.- Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying cognitive and/or behavioural psychological formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.- On an individual and team level, ensure the modification of cognitive and / or behavioural formulations and treatments are made to meet the needs of specific populations or specific needs, whilst maintaining compliance to C/BT treatment manuals and ensuring therapy drift is monitored.-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.- Attend and/or chair multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.-Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.-Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols- 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, and also contribute to the development and governance of the stepped care pathway.- Assess and integrate psychosocial issues into the overall therapy process (e.g. work, relationships, other occupation etc.)-Liaise with other health and social care staff from a range of agencies in the care provided to clients.- Provide specialist advice and consultation in line with professional codes of conduct and field of expertise.- To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning the development and maintenance of the psychological problem.-Employing an evidenced based practice approach to therapy and has a wide understanding of empirical research findings, in which to critically evaluatetreatment approaches, on an individual and team level

-To undertake an assessment of risk in all clinical contacts for a range ofpatients/service users from mild to severe psychological difficulties, with attention to the changing nature of risk factors in accordance with Trust protocols.-To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment treatment and discharge of own caseload of complex and challenging service users managed by the Primary Care Mental Health Services within a reasonable time limit.- To organise own clinical time to enable the efficient provision of clinical time with a clinical caseload.- To be able to sit frequently for substantial periods of time, through clinical case work, and while delivering clinical supervision, maintain intense prolonged and frequent periods of concentration.- To be able to communicate effectively while engaged in clinical work that is highly distressing and or challenging with episodes of verbal/threat of physical aggression.- To ensure that all members of the clinical team/s have access to apsychologically based framework for the understanding and care of users of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological knowledge, research and theory.-To take substantial professional responsibility and exercise appropriatejudgement, in consultation with the Professional lead and clinical lead forcommunity pathway, in accordance with Trust policies and professional codes of conduct.

Person Specification



  • Education / Qualifications: fully accredited C/BT therapist with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Completed Masters level qualification and/or training in CBT or above to Masters Level, Completed IAPT based CBT training as awarded by a BABCP accredited level 2 course, Completed clinical supervision training
  • Experience: Demonstrable experience of working within an IAPT Service, Experience of working to targets to demonstrate clinical outcomes, A track record of delivering NICE approved CBT therapies, Has experience of routine outcome monitoring and the IAPT minimum dataset requirements, Has experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups, Has a track record of delivering IAPT compliant supervision to CBT practitioners and PWP's, Worked with a primary care population and applied cognitive & behavioural treatments
  • Knowledge: An in depth knowledge of the cognitive and behavioural model of psychopathology, Knowledge of cognitive & behavioural treatments for anxiety and depression, Has an awareness of the cycle of change model and motivation for therapy, Has knowledge of psychosocial issues that can impact on the application of treatments, Awareness of medication used in the treatment of anxiety and depression disorders, Has a good knowledge of the evidence base and the relationship to applied treatments, nowledge of adult and child safeguarding, along with knowledge of relevant mental health legislation
  • Skills and Abilities: Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competency framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007), Computer literate, 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 both within and outside the NHS, 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, advanced communication skills, ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships, ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively, Ability to work under pressure, Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality, Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, and in own personal and professional development and in supervision, The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system, Good time management and caseload management, Is able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Work Related Circumstances: Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs, Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies, Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.


  • Education/Qualifications: BABCP accredited trainer and /or supervisor, EMDR accredited or working towards EMDR Europe accreditation, Leadership training
  • Experience: managed changes within a psychological therapy service, track record of CBT clinical leadership, experience of teaching CBT methods and treatments, experience of providing consultations to staff on the application of CBT treatments, experience of clinical governance in the application of IAPT therapies
  • Knowledge: A sophisticated understanding of research, research ethics and clinical audit, Publication contribution to the CBT literature

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Stepping Hill Hospital, NHS Stockport Talking Therapies, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Oasis Building, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove



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