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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Insomnia

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Insomnia

We are looking to recruit two Psychological Therapist/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Insomnia 0.6 (22.5 hours a week) and 0.8 (30 hours a week) for our Insomnia and Behavioural Sleep Medicine Department (IBSM). The therapist will work as part of a MDT providing an outpatient service for our patients who experience a range of chronic, complex physical and mental health conditions and sleep disorders. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills as a therapist working with a mixed caseload.

This post is graded at Band 7, reflecting the need for an experienced, independent practitioner. The therapist will be responsible for managing their own caseload and will provide therapy on an individual and group basis. We will provide in-house 1:1 supervision and the successful candidate will be invited to join monthly peer group meetings

Main duties of the job

Main duties

1. To provide highly specialist cognitive behavioural therapy to clients with sleep disorders and often other complex, co-morbid conditions.

2. To act in a consultative capacity in matters relating to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia to RLHIM medical, allied health professionals and nursing staff

3. To be a key member of the RLHIM IBSM Team

4. The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National Throat,Nose and Ear Hospital
  • Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospitals at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The RLHIM operates on an outpatients basis and has psychological therapists trained in different modalities e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Autogenic Training, Hypnosis, Counselling Psychology and Mindfulness Meditation. The therapists provide key input into condition-specific RLHIM clinical services including Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia, as well as services integrated with other UCLH Teams, including gastro-intestinal medicine and multiple sclerosis.

The Insomnia and Behavioural Sleep Medicine (IBSM) Team is based at The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HR. We provide National Institute of Clinical Excellence and Health recommended psychological interventions for our patients who experience chronic complex sleep conditions, which include psychological interventions, specialist occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dietary consultations.

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

For an informal discussion, please contact:

Catherine Ouriach, Highly Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • BSc Psychology degree or equivalent
  • Accredited post-graduate qualification in CBT
  • Full accreditation with appropriate professional body such as Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)/British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or eqivalent
  • Specialist CPD training knowledge of CBT for Insomnia
  • Knowledge and/or CPD training working with patients with complex and enduring mental health difficulties



  • Experience of using highly specialist knowledge of CBT to treat Insomnia, and other disorders for which CBT is of proven efficacy.
  • Experience of working clinically with patients with neurodiversity and complex mental health problems (e.g. complex trauma, psychosis and personality disorders)
  • Experience of MDT working with agreed/specified service requirements.
  • Experience of using patient-reported outcome measures on a regular basis. Experience of managing own caseload effectively.
  • Experience of conducting risk assessment within scope of practice.
  • Previous experience regarding quality standard setting, audit and evaluation.


  • Experience of using CBT for Insomnia with patients with co-morbid physical illness, including chronic fatigue syndrome

Skills, abilities and knowledge.


  • Demonstratable understanding of, and ability to, manage the needs of patients with chronic disability, including the use of supportive counselling skills as appropriate
  • Demonstrates professional and effective verbal and written communication skills including excellent negotiation skills with patients, carers and other health professional staff in service deliver
  • Ability to communicate highly sensitive information to cognitively impaired and/or psychologically vulnerable people and their carers, who may have significant barriers to understanding or acceptance
  • Management of behavioural disturbances e.g. verbal aggression, inappropriate behaviour and risk of physical aggression from people with a behavioural/cognitive disturbance
  • Demonstrates understanding of research/evidence based practice

Audit, Quality and Research


  • Ability to plan, conduct and evaluate relevant audit initiatives.
  • Ability to incorporate audit and research findings into routine practice in order to improve patient care.
  • Ability to critically appraise research findings and evaluate the relevance to effective practice of CBT and routine care.



  • Able to communicate complex, sensitive or contentious information accurately and effectively with patients and at all levels of the organisation, verbally and in writing
  • Able to deal with patients, carers, and public face to face and on the phone
  • Able to support and reassure patients/carers in distress
  • Able to persuade, motivate, negotiate to gain cooperation
  • Show tact, empathy and reassurance with contentious information
  • Understands importance of maintaining confidentiality

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to establish good rapport and professional working relationships within multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify areas for own personal/professional development through highly developed reflective practice skills and integrate knowledge gained into own practice
  • Ability to autonomously manage own caseload
  • Effective time management and ability to prioritise own workload
  • Able to develop and deliver CPD training to team and external professionals
  • Ability to be self-reflective whilst working with service-users and in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Ability to complete clinical duties in an autonomous fashion

Responsibilities towards promoting Equality Diversity and Inclusion


  • Demonstratable understanding of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and/or Knowledge of the NHS obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duties

Ensure the risk of infection to self, colleagues, patients, relatives and visitors is minimised by


  • Being familiar with, and adhering to Trust policies and guidance on infection prevention and control.
  • Completing all required training and education (both via e-learning and face to face) on infection prevention and control.
  • Including infection prevention and control as an integral part of your continuous personal/professional development and included in your annual appraisal
  • Taking personal responsibility so far as is reasonably practicable, in helping ensure that effective prevention and control of health care associated infections is embedded into everyday practice and applied consistently.

Specific Requirements


  • A flexible approach may be required on occasion to meet the needs of the service

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

60 Great Ormond Street



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