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Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Talking Therapies Service, in conjunction with the University of Exeter, are seeking suitable candidates to train as a High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, aiming to commence employment December 2022 ahead of the course start date on 9th January 2023.

Post-holders must be able to attend university as required, which will include up to four blocks of teaching of up to four days. Most teaching will be 2 days per week in conjunction with a minimum period of high intensity CBT clinical practice per week within the service. You will also be required to attend course induction days in Exeter.

This is a paid training opportunity over 1 year full time. The part-time option will be 3.5 - 4.5 days over 2 years, trainees will be required to attend university on Mondays and Tuesdays plus block weeks and work in service 1.5 days - 2.5 days per week.On successful completion of the training and BABCP provisional accreditation this will lead to a permanent role as a High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Band 7) within Talking Therapies - Somerset IAPT Service.

An essential criteria for entry to the course is either a relevant Core Profession or demonstrate equivalent Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes via a KSA portfolio (see below for more info on KSA). A list of acceptable core professions can be found on the BABCP website.Core Professions (

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a robust, competent and motivated individual who can manage the competing demands of academic work alongside a clinical caseload. Previous related experience will be of great benefit. Candidates currently working as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners should note that they will need to be at least 2 years post qualification, please see the link below for more information regarding the two year rule for all HEE funded psychological professions.

The post is open to candidates without a recognised relevant Core Professional training or qualification who can demonstrate equivalent Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes via a KSA portfolio. A completed KSA Portfolio will be required to be submitted at interview. Please note that job offers for candidates selected at interview will be dependent on successful assessment of the KSA portfolio. See BABCP website for further details.KSA Guidelines (

On your application form please provide a brief statement in support of your application for the post of IAPT HI CBT trainee with reference to the NHS Values in accordance with The NHS Constitution. When completing this section, please directly address the service user. For your information, there may be a service user representative on the interview panel or involved in the shortlisting process.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

Somerset Foundation Trust are proud to have won 'Mental Health Trust of the Year' in the Health Service Journal Awards 2021 and recently awarded 'Collaborating for Improvement National Improvement Award' from the NHS Big Conversation for Improvement.

Talking Therapies has consistently high IAPT recovery rates and very positive staff survey results which highlighted staff feel well supported by their managers.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are a busy IAPT service in one of Englands most desirable counties. Alongside CBT, we offer other time-limited Step 3 interventions (e.g., IPT, EMDR, MCBT) as well as innovative Step 2 treatments including groups, webinars, and a digital self-help portal.

We offer the opportunity to make a difference to the wellbeing of a diverse population and to work amidst supportive and friendly colleagues and dependable managerial and clinical leaders. Regular managerial support, clinical supervision, CPD opportunities, a generous relocation scheme and a secure pension plan are complemented by a range of additional benefits available under the NHS employment benefits scheme. We operate from and around four bases (Wells, Taunton, Chard/Yeovil and Bridgwater).

Candidates need to meet the recruitment criteria of the University of Exeter, which are available on their website.High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip | Postgraduate taught | University of Exeter

Interviews will be remote, you will need to have access to an internet enabled device (such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) with a microphone and camera in a private space in order to attend the interview.

University induction days (including KSA workshop) for all candidates will be on 5th and 6th December 2022.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oCore profession or Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP (if has neither then not appointable)
  • oExperience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • oExperience of using CBT approaches
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Advanced communication skills as demonstrated by a well written application
  • oDemonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
Reflection ability Essential
  • oAbility to be self reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
Personal Qualities Essential
  • oEvidence of ability to work under pressure

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