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Practitioner Psychologist/CBT Therapist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
We are a dynamic community mental health service for older people and would like you to join us. We are looking to recruit a Practitioner Psychologist or CBT Therapist in Peterborough. Excellent training opportunities are available along with access to specialist supervision in CAT and Cognitive Assessments.

We are a group of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologist, Occupational Therapists and an Occupational Therapy Assistant and work with a full MDT. We host placements for Trainees from the University of East Anglia. We are a proactive team with a strong plan for the further development of the provision of psychological therapies.

The Stepped Care Therapy Team links in with the integrated physical and mental health Neighbourhood Teams, the Memory Assessment Service, and Social Care Team. The breadth of work is ideal for a newly qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, or an experienced CBT therapist.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Psychologist/CBT Therapist, you will play a pivotal role in our Community Mental Health Team, focusing on older people's mental health needs. You will be responsible for conducting assessments, providing individual therapy, and developing and implementing personalised treatment plans. Your expertise will guide our team in promoting positive mental health outcomes for older adults and their families.

The candidate's role would include the provision of assessment, formulation and evidence-based intervention including, where appropriate, specialist neuropsychological assessment. There is an expectation that the post holder would provide advice and consultation for non-psychology colleagues. The role would involve multidisciplinary working with both mental health and physical health staff.

We also have a great CPD programme within the service and across the wider mental health service. We also have been able to support members of the service to engage in additional training, including CBT for personality disorder and psychosis, EMDR, and DBT skills. There is also active interest in developing neuropsychological components of the service to support memory assessment.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting older people then we want to hear from you.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

1. Clinical interventions are implemented in line with evidence-based practice including the latest NICE guidelines.2. Procedures are in place for operation of the services.3. Clinical governance arrangements are in place to cover all of the clinical activity.4. Staff are appropriately skilled and trained to deliver the service and to provide supervision.5. Supervision arrangements are in place for all elements of service delivery.6. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the clinical activity of the service. This will involve holding a clinical caseload.7. Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.8. Provide psychological therapy interventions for cases referred to the team. This will involve the use of evidence based psychological interventions in both individual and group work formats e.g. CBT.

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Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
  • A registered qualification in health care at graduate level in nursing, social work, allied health professional PLUS PG dip post qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g. CBT.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Professional training which supports the ability to provide evidenced based psychological therapy clinical interventions.


  • Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
  • Undertaken post-doctoral training in one or more relevant additional specialised areas of psychological practice (e.g. neuropsychology, DBT, CAT, solution focussed therapy, systemic / family therapy, analytical therapy).
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainees and other therapists.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of working in mental health services for older people with experience of holding a caseload, assessment, care planning and delivery of psychological interventions.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different contexts.
  • Experience of working with complex and enduring mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of working in mental health services where multi-disciplinary working was embraced as part of service delivery.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations.


  • oAssessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or applied psychologist/CBT therapist
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of implementing service policies and procedures.
  • Involvement in research programmes.
  • Have a lived experience of mental health challenges.
  • Experience as a mental health specialist.

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS. Local Authority and other agencies, parents/carers and clients.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective team working with clients.
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress.
  • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record


  • Experience of leading and carrying out research projects and interpreting data using statistical analyses.
  • Proven ability in carrying out clinical audits.
  • Ability to promote psychological models with clients, carers and staff in an understandable and person centred way, clearly outlining goals and potential outcomes.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group. E.g. MHA (1983 as amended 2007)
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the links between primary and secondary mental health services and the stepped care approach.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • High level knowledge and skills in working with carers.
  • Post graduate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate date analysis as practiced within the field of clinical and applied psychology.
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.

Physical Requirements


  • Able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting.
  • Ability to travel independently across the CPFT area.



  • Positive approach to older people.
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude.
  • Advanced keyboard and computer skills.
  • Able to use breakaway techniques.


  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisations.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


City Care Centre

Thorpe Road



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