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Trainee Psychological Therapist in DBT (development post)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford and Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury & Headington
£32,306 - £39,027
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced mental health professional (e.g. nurse, OT, social worker) looking for an opportunity to progress into a clinically focussed role at Band 7 and who would like to develop specialist skills in delivering evidence based psychological therapies for people with serious mental health problems?

We are excited to be able to create these exciting new posts with specific Health Education England funding as part of our transformation of care for people with Serious Mental Health Problems under the Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF). One of the aims of this transformation is to increase access to psychological therapies as part of a model of care focussed on delivering effective interventions to people who use our services.

This is a development post (Band 6) during which you will undertake a 2 year PGDip in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for people with serious mental health problems provided by the University of Bangor in partnership with DBT British Isles. The training will include specialising either in working with people with psychosis or with people with personality disorder. The training is fully funded and specialist supervision will be provided. Whilst training you will work as a trainee psychological therapist with protected time to develop your emerging skills and competences under supervision. You can find more information about the course programme here: Postgraduate Diploma in DBT at Bangor University | British Isles DBT Training (

Interviews for this post will be conducted jointly by Oxford Health and DBT British Isles and it is a condition of continuing employment that you complete the PGDip qualification. The course is delivered remotely with some face to face time for clinical skills development.

rOn successful completion of the training and other requirements you would move into a band 7 post as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working in adult mental health services in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

You will have a core profession at graduate level in, for example, nursing, social work, or occupational therapy and be committed to undertaking a psychological therapy qualification at post graduate level. You should be able to demonstrate your commitment to the use of evidence-based practice in community adult mental health settings. You will be willing to work towards an appropriate accreditation. Perhaps most importantly you will have a passion for working with people with severe and/or complex mental health problems in an empowering and person-centred way.

Alongside colleagues across the MDT including other psychological therapists, you will ensure that community mental health services achieve their key objectives of delivering integrated, safe, accessible, responsive, effective and caring services to people in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. You will ensure the service you provide is of high quality and meets national guidance as well as local and nationally agreed targets.

Please read the above carefully before applying – this post is for people with an existing professional qualification such as a mental health nurse, social worker, or occupational therapist. If you have any questions about another professional background please enquire before applying. Please note that an undergraduate degree in psychology or another subject does not fulfill essential criteria for this role.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Bill Tiplady, Job title: Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Associate Director of Psychological Services

Email address:

Telephone number: 07554438536

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