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Trainee CBT Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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There are a range of developmental posts with the Specialist Perinatal Service available across the Cheshire and Merseyside patch including: Liverpool, Sefton, Cheshire, Wirral, and Mid-Mersey (Knowsley, Warrington, Halton and St Helens). There are full-time posts and require a split between university and the Specialist Perinatal Service.

Important Note: Successful applicants will be invited to attend a joint interview panel with the Specialist Perinatal Service and the University of Chester. Virtual interviews will take place on the 8th and the 15th September 2022 and successful candidates will be asked to choose their locality preferences. On successful completion of the CBT PgDip programme at the University of Chester, you will become a BABCP registered CBT Therapist and progress into a Band 7 CBT Therapist position within the Specialist Perinatal Service.

This post is subject to an enhanced with children's and adult's barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

This is a training role within the Cheshire and Merseyside Specialist Perinatal Service. The post-holder will provide high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post-holder to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to women with a range of complex problems in the perinatal period for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

The full-time post-holder will work in the service for 3 days of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the training programme for the other two days. The part-time post holder will work in the service for 1 day of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the university training programme for one other day.

The post-holders will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

Assess clients for suitability for CBT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for a trainee therapist to refer to manager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case.

Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.

Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.

Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT and other psychological 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 per week 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.

Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols.

Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place.

Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.

Training and Supervision

Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the approved supervision training.

Apply learning from the training programme in practice.

Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.


Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g., BPS, UKCP, BABCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g., NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

Be aware of and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT and other psychological therapies.

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development (CPD).

Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

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.

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

GeneralTo contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Perinatal and Parent-Infant Mental Health, Primary Care Services and Maternity Services.

All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

This Job Description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder in light of service development.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy
  • Or; Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP / 2 years post qualified experience for Psychological Well-being Practitioners
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in the perinatal period
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health / benefits & employment systems
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and other relevant legislation
  • Experience of working in a perinatal service
  • Experience of working in Primary or Secondary Care mental health Services.
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Relevant experience in treating anxiety and depression.
  • Clinical experience within perinatal or parent-infant service
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Able to attend a two day per week academic course
  • Able to demonstrate ability to complete academic components of the course
  • Able to integrate training into practice
  • Computer literate
  • 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
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self reflective, whilst working with service users, & in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system
  • Accredited with a professional psychological therapy organisation
  • Completed clinical audits within a service
  • Car driver and/or ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
  • Fluent in languages other than English

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