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Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to train with and be part of an innovative service, fundamentally changing the way in which psychological treatments are provided.

The HPFT NHS Talking Therapies Team covers Hertfordshire, the main bases being St Albans, Watford, Stevenage and Welwyn & Ware. You will work from one base and in community venues in your area. Site preferences can be expressed at interview, although ultimate decisions will depend on service need.

Our services are focused on delivering high quality therapy, being among the highest performers in the region. The service finished the year (2021/2022) and preceding years with recovery rates exceeding the national target of 50%. We continue to run innovative groups for our clients such as Perinatal, Older adults and Long Term Conditions. We pride ourselves on the support we offer to staff and provide an extensive programme of CPD for all our clinicians.

These High Intensity trainee positions involve undertaking a PG Diploma in High Intensity CBT via UEA or UH alongside clinical work within ONE of our Hertfordshire services. Once qualified our High Intensity Therapists will be required to apply for/achieve accreditation with the BABCP.

We are looking for applicants who have enthusiasm for working in a primary care setting, who are adaptable, enjoy variety, can work independently, and understand the importance of team working.

The course starts on 16th September and interviews for this post will be held w/c 8th July.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking highly motivated, dynamic, flexible and creative staff. You will be part of a multi-professional workforce that will significantly increase access to treatment for people with common mental health conditions, within a Primary Care setting.

Applicants must have a core profession as recognised by the BABCP


Applicants to training who don't have a BABCP recognised core profession can enter via the KSA route.

Further information can be found on the BABCP website.

If you are a PWP without a core profession you will need to have 2 YEARS POST QUALIFICATION PWP EXPERIENCE by the time the course starts (16.09.2024).

We have included a post qualification person specification. If you don't meet all criteria at this point, please show us which criteria you do meet, as shortlisting will be against this document.

If you are invited to interview, you MUST bring with you any qualifications certificates and evidence you hold. Offers cannot be made without this information.

If you do not have a BABCP recognised core profession you MUST follow the KSA procedure and prepare your portfolio prior to interview. This will be scrutinised by the course KSA lead who may ask you further questions about your portfolio at interview. If you are successful they will give you feedback on which areas require further work to be completed by the end of the training. You will submit your KSA portfolio again during the course to be marked after undertaking the required actions.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

The NHS Talking Therapies service (previously known as IAPT) provides psychological therapy within the standards of the stepped care model i.e. Step 2 (Low intensity) and Step 3 (High Intensity).

We welcome applications from people with a CORE profession who do not have an NHS Talking Therapies background.

If you have not worked in an NHS Talking Therapies service before we strongly recommend that you visit a local NHS Talking Therapies service or contact this service for more information.

The course starts on 16th September and interviews for this post will be held w/c 8th July.

Person Specification



  • Applicants must have a recorded/registered qualification in a core profession as recognised by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) at Graduate level (i.e. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy) OR Applicants to training who do not have a BABCP recognised core profession can enter via the KSA route, demonstrating that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required. Further information can be found on the BABCP website.
  • If you are a PWP, without a core profession, you will need to have 2 years post qualification PWP experience by the time the course starts
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services , including primary care



  • Experience of delivery of short term focused interventions
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Ability to manage and plan own caseload & time
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other mental health problems


  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Various sites across Hertfordshire including St Albans, Hemel Hempstead. WGC, Ware, Watford, Stevenage




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