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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) / Clinical Psychologist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum incl HCAs
Closing date
9 Jul 2024
We are pleased to be recruiting to a fixed term 8a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist/Clinical Psychologist post (1.0 WTE) within a specialist service at Maudsley Hospital, London. The post is funded until the end of March 2025. Duration of contract will be subject to commencement date and must end on 31 March 2025.

This post is an opportunity for either a Band 7 therapist wishing to gain experience working at Band 8a or a therapist currently working at Band 8a and looking for experience working in a specialist service.

This service sees clients presenting with a range of conditions including medically unexplained symptoms such as Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Long Covid-19 and those with long term conditions. The successful candidate will work alongside other members of a supportive multi-disciplinary team of Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists and a Physiotherapist.

Applicants must have good prior knowledge of the patient group seen within the Persistent Physical Symptoms Service, high standards of communication skills, problem solving skills and have developed good professional working relationships.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work alongside an MDT delivering specialist intervention using CBT.

The successful candidate will deliver evidence based psychological assessment and treatments, complete outcomes and modify and adapt interventions drawing on a range of theoretical options.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusthas a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good'.

As a Trust we are happy to talk about flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties of the job:

This is an exciting opportunity for an appropriately qualified and experienced CBT psychotherapist/clinical psychologist to take on a post that requires specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

Applicants must have substantial experience of working as a CBT psychotherapist/clinical psychologist in managing complex client presentations and undertaking specialist assessments, formulation and treatment.

We are looking for applicants who have enthusiasm for working within a specialist service and who are interested in contributing to the delivery of specialist treatment. We are looking for applicants who are flexible, creative and have excellent clinical skills.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the Persistent Physical Symptoms Research and Treatment service including medically unexplained symptoms such as Chronic Fatigue, IBS and those with long term conditions.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act as a therapist providing highly specialist assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the Persistent Symptoms service client based upon an analysis of complex factors contributing to the presentation and selectively drawing on an appropriate CBT model. When needed to deliver evidence based psychological treatments within the boundaries of clinical trials. Complete outcomes and modify and adapt interventions drawing on a range of theoretical options.
  • To provide culturally appropriate professional interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.

Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team or service and to a psychotherapeutically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychotherapeutic care of clients.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice and/or currently understood best practice-based evidence, in individual work and work with other team members.

Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.

Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of more junior psychotherapists with support from a more senior psychotherapist.
  • To supervise honorary psychotherapists within own area of specialism.
  • To contribute to the appraisal of more junior psychotherapists, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the recruitment of more junior psychotherapists, as appropriate.
  • To provide supervision for the psychotherapeutic work of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.

Teaching and Training
  • To undertake occasional teaching and training of pre and post- qualification CBT therapists and specialised training to other professions as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the Persistent Physical Symptoms Research and Treatment Service by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in psychology and medically unexplained symptoms and by implementing knowledge gained in practice.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

Research and development
  • To initiate, undertake, support and supervise regular complex service evaluation and audits.
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area which will contribute to Persistent Physical Symptoms Research and Treatment Service.

Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior psychotherapist according to BABCP and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with BABCP and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with BABCP Standards of Ethics and Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the BABCP Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

  • To travel to team or service meetings as appropriate and across the Trust when required.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations with skill and tact when dealing with highly complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication.
  • To provide psychological support to clients who are experiencing (or have experienced) serious emotional trauma and also to provide support to carers and staff working with such clients and to support others involved in such situations.

Person Specification



  • Entry-level qualification in Psychotherapy that has been accepted by the BABCP for purposes of professional registration.
  • Qualification in CBT and/or psychology eg: ENB650, Diploma/Degree in CBT, MSc OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice- based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.
  • Registered with the BABCP as a Psychotherapist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the BABCP.



  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision Neuropsychiatry.
  • Experience of specialist psychotherapy assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in Neuropsychiatry.
  • Experience of supervising psychotherapists having completed the relevant training.
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • Experience of carrying out audit or service evaluation projects.


  • Experience of writing and publishing papers in peer reviewed journals

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised assessments and interventions for Neuropsychiatry patients.
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment.
  • Advanced knowledge of clinical assessment and psychometrics (e.g. experience of use of CORE, etc).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Maudsley Hospital

Denmark Hill



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