Screening & Assessment Team Practitioner - First Step

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Full time &/or part time considered

First Step South Cumbria have two opportunities for a Registered Nurse Mental Health, Social Worker, OT, psychologist, psychotherapist, or counsellor who are registered with their relevant regulatory body to come and join us as a Screening & Assessment Practitioner.

First Step South Cumbria is the IAPT service that serves South Cumbria. First Step is an exciting and dynamic service within which to work and is popular with both South Cumbrian GPs and also the wider South Cumbrian community.

First Step is dedicated to the delivery of evidence-based therapies for individuals with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders in line with best practice and clinical guidelines. The service is comprised of approximately fifty clinicians including PWPs, High Intensity Practitioners, Counsellors, Senior Psychotherapists, Employment Advisors, an administrative hub and Team Leaders. The team work together to try and ensure that we provide effective and compassionate interventions as rapidly as possible to our patients.

Main duties of the job

We believe strongly in the ethos behind the IAPT programme. We have a high recovery rate and this is due to the quality of staff, a strong supervision structure and a high quality on-going training programme for each stream. For example, as part of our ongoing internal training programme, staff have received additional training days from: Dr Stephen Barton, Dr Nick Grey, Professor Mark Freeston, Professor Robert Elliott, Professor Mick Cooper, Professor Tracey Wade, Dr Kevin Meares, Peter Armstrong, Professor Dave Dagnan, Dr Martina Mueller, Dr Mary Welford, Dr Freda McManus, Dr Stirling Moorey, Dr Robert Dudley, Professor Karina Lovell, Maria Chellingsworth, Professor Rory O'Connor, Dr Derek Milne, Dr Beverly Haarhoff and Dr Manda Holmshaw, Professor Glenn Waller.

See our webpage for more details of the service and of our ongoing research projects at

About us

We want to recruit people to the service who share our values and are confident in their ability to contribute to the demonstrated effectiveness and acceptability of our service.

Staff at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trustwork to improve lives with a culture based on four corevalues:

We are kind

We are a team

We are respectful

We are always learning

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Job description Job responsibilities

When making your application please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on the role. When completing the supporting information section of your application, please ensure you show how you meet each of the criteria of the person specification providing illustrative examples where possible; as this is what you will be shortlisted against.

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification e.g. nurse, OT, social worker, psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor and must be registered with a relevant Professional body.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of a wide range of mental health conditions including ICD diagnostic criteria for common mental health problems such as depression and all anxiety disorders.
  • Knowledge of assessment Processes
  • Current issues and delivery methods in primary care mental health
Skills and abilities Essential
  • Skilled in assessing the psychological needs of clients with mild to moderate mental health problems.
  • Ability to be able to work with patients to formulate their problems and identify SMART goals.
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner respecting patient rights and choices.

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