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CBT Therapist

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership. Terms and conditions apply please see attached document.

If this applies to you, please state this on your application so we can discuss this with you if you are invited to interview.

We have an exciting opening for a Band 7, BABCP accredited CBT therapist to join us in Wirral 0-18, Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (CYPMHS). This post will focus on providing high quality CBT to young people presenting with complex needs. The post holder will also join an existing senior therapist leadership group providing supervision, wait list and 'flow' management and facilitating training & special interest group.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the delivery of evidence-based CBT interventions to children and young people up to 18. They would be expected to hold a case load of young people presenting with moderate to severe mental health difficulties, and moderate to high levels of complexity.

The post holder will work closely with other senior members of clinical staff to enhance the quality and effectiveness of individual CBT informed interventions offered. They will support the development of staff through supervision, training and consultation, and support the application of CBT principles to clinical work. Understanding the needs of moderate to severe mental health presentations within the context of complex environment conditions is essential

The post-holder will be based at the Birch Centre, Birkenhead, though may also be required to work from our other bases across Wirral. The post is offered on a permanent basis.

We anticipate that there will be a high level of applications for this post, and so potential applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For further information and for informal discussion please contact: Stephanie Ireland Team Manager

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate qualification in CBT.
  • The postholder will be BABCP accredited or BABCP accreditable and working towards BABCP accreditation within the first year of employment.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BABCP.


  • Core mental health profession, registered with appropriate regulatory body (e.g. HCPC, NMC)
  • Specialist clinical skills for working with children & young people who have experienced complex trauma
  • Training in another psychological therapy e.g. EMDR, family intervention
  • Post graduate qualification in clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of research methodology.
  • Demonstrate professional activity via conference presentation, teaching experience, publication or similar.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Expert knowledge of the cognitive behavioural model and disorder specific CBT interventions.
  • Expertise in formulating, and applying CBT models to the individual young person and their carers.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of, and ability to work with issues of confidentiality and consent
  • To work within ethical and professional guidelines


  • Expert knowledge of evidence based psychological interventions for depression, anxiety, OCD and trauma
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the children and young people and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for individuals with complex difficulties).
  • Knowledge of specific models of cognitive behavioural interventions for working with children and young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties



  • Experience of utilising specialist cognitive behavioural assessment and treatment for a wide range of presenting problems.
  • Experience in a specialist cognitive behavioural therapist clinical role, providing specialist treatment packages.
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Experience of partnership and cross organisational working
  • Experience of working autonomously
  • Experience of conducting mental health assessments and risk assessments.


  • Experience of working with individuals experiencing a first episode psychosis, and/or individuals with at risk mental states
  • Experience of running a range of groups/workshops /courses for service users with psychosis and their carers.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience supervising staff from a range of disciplines, at a range of levels within a mental health setting.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Birch Centre

Derby Road


CH42 0LQ

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