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High Intensity Therapist - Trainee

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Band 7 on qualification & accreditation £43742 - £50056
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to train as a High Intensity Therapist within Devons NHS Talking Therapies (NHS-TT) Service, TALKWORKS. This is a training role within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT).

The post-holder will work within TALKWORKS providing high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. TALKWORKS offer psychological therapies across Devon (except Plymouth) and works in conjunction with Exeter University. We are really pleased to be expanding our service and have 11 posts across the service, in various TALKWORKS bases.

TALKWORKS is a large, high performing NHS-TT service, with strong fidelity to the treatment service and model.The 12 teams across Devon (excluding Plymouth) cover a large geographical area and we strive to maintain a strong and healthy team culture. We welcome applications from positive and motivated individuals who are able to contribute to this and have a keen interest in developing their existing CBT skills with anxiety and depression.

Please note that all candidates without a core profession will be required to submit a fully completed KSA portfolio at interview.

All applicants should provide a supporting statement under the 'Personal Specification' section.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, a strong background in clinical work and/or mental health and be an enthusiastic and motivated trainee therapist. The post will require resilience, independent learning and to be resourceful. You will hold a small caseload in the clinical environment, attend regular study days and will receive supervision from the University and within the work-place.

This intensive training post will equip the post holder to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of complex problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. The post- holder will work in the service for part of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the training programme for the rest of the week (commencing 6th January 2025).

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Please state which team(s) you are applying for: Exeter City, Exeter Outer, East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge, South Hams & West Devon, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Torridge, Talking Health.

Supporting Information/Personal Statement


  • Please use this space to include a personal statement or any other supporting information you may have.
  • Please include in the statement reference to the NHS Values in accordance with The NHS Constitution and when completing this section, please directly address the service user. For your information, there may be a service user representative on the interview panel or involved in the shortlisting process.



  • Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification. Describe how you are able to demonstrate meeting the Qualification and Training criteria for this role.



  • Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification. Describe how you are able to demonstrate meeting the Knowledge, Experience and Skillset criteria for this role.

KSA- Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes


  • Applicants without a BABCP recognised core profession will be required to produce a completed KSA portfolio at interview.
  • KSA guidance is provided as a link on this application form.
  • Exeter's HI KSA Tutor/Assessor, has created a helpful video tutorial:
  • Any queries can be directed to:

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Compass House

52 Magdalen Road



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