CYP Wellbeing CBT Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • CYP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist - Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service.
  • Permanent Contract - 37.5 Hours per week. We will also consider part time hours.
  • Band 7: £40,057 - £45, 839 per annum

The post-holder will work within our Children and Young Persons (CYP) Service providing cognitive behavioural assessments and interventions. You will work alongside other CBT therapists and psychological therapists. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a wider strategy to increase access to evidence-based interventions to children and young people exhibiting mental health difficulties in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing service is delivered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with YMCA DownsLink Group and Southdown. The CYP service works closely with Brighton CAMHS. We offer a variety of support and psychological therapies to children and young people within Brighton and Hove.

Main duties of the job

The CYP Service delivers a range of short term therapeutic interventions to 2 to 24-year olds experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We work closely with CAMHS, the Schools Wellbeing Service and a range of other organisations.

The post-holder will join a team of CBT therapists and will provide CBT to children and young people with a range of anxiety and low mood related difficulties. CBT will be delivered via online and face-to-face appointments. Some flexibility to work from home and from service bases is required. You will have responsibility for triaging referrals, assessing mental health difficulties and delivering CBT to indicated, evidence based national guidelines.

The post-holder will liaise with children and young people, their parents, families, carers and/or additional supporting professionals to ensure effective and practical support. You will need to work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

Led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) and in partnership with YMCA Downslink, the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service provides support to children, young people and adults with mild to moderate mental health needs. We offer a variety of support and psychological therapies to the community of Brighton and Hove. Our interventions are diverse and evidence based, ranging from guided self-help and face-to-face or telephone support to workshop and group courses. We work closely with our Service-User steering group to refine and improve the services that we offer.

For this role you will need accreditation as a BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or be eligible for accreditation.

You will need to be able to:

  • Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the service's referral protocols
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate CBT therapy programmes for clients
  • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CYP CBT formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered and clinical sessions carried out in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service and keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols
  • As a member of the CYP Wellbeing team, work closely with other practitioners ensuring appropriate transfers of care where necessary
  • Attend regular clinical supervision of clinical practice and line management supervision]
  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments
  • Contribute to the development of best practice within the service
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to mental health and primary care services

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level: nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy
  • Evidence, using the career framework, of training in mental health and experience of working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy affording eligibility for BABCP accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in mental health services
  • Minimum of at least two years' experience of working with children and young people
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
Skills and Competencies Essential
  • Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007)
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Basic understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients

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