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CBT Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Sutton Uplift is the South West London & St. George's Mental Health NHS (SWLSTG) Trust's innovative primary care mental health service for the residents of Sutton. We incorporate an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, a Wellbeing Service with Employment Specialists and Wellbeing Practitioners, and a Primary Care Recovery Team (PCRT). Sutton Uplift is professionally managed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and operationally managed by a Service Manager.

The high performing IAPT team provide evidence-based psychological treatments (CBT, IPT, DIT, BCT, EMDR) to people with common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and eating disorders within a stepped-care model. The clinical team includes qualified IAPT High Intensity CBT Therapists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, who provide evidence-based psychological interventions in line with NICE guidance.

High quality supervision and CPD are a priority for the team. You will receive weekly individual clinical supervision from one of our senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologists or CBT Therapists within the service. You will also have the opportunity to attend a monthly clinical training session facilitated by lead clinicians from the Trust and quarterly CBT training workshops led by highly respected clinicians in their field, for example, we have previously welcomed Andrew Beck, Anke Ehlers and Martina Mueller.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist to join our committed and friendly team of clinicians. You will be providing Step 3 diagnostic assessments and evidence-based CBT treatment on an individual and group basis to clients aged 18 and over presenting with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and eating disorders.

You will also be involved in the clinical supervision of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Low Intensity Trainees and High Intensity Trainees, for which training will be provided.

There will be opportunities to develop areas of interest such as working with long term health conditions, working with clients with learning disabilities, working with perinatal clients, by contributing to project groups or taking a Champion role. The four IAPT services in SWLSTG Trust work closely together to develop care pathways and share expertise.

You will be supported to undertake and obtain accreditation in further modalities, e.g. EMDR, IPT, BCT, and the majority of IAPT clinicians in the Trust have received funding to train in a number of further modalities of interest to them. Additional specialist supervision will be available for these approaches both during training and once it has been completed.

We have also recently started developing secondment opportunities for clinicians who would be interested in working in other teams in the Trust which we have received positive feedback about.

About us


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development - There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work clinically within primary care settings and be required to work flexible hours in line with the improving access agenda. The service operates from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9 to 1pm on Saturdays and you will be required to work at least one evening per week.

Your working pattern can be negotiated and many of our clinicians prefer to work condensed hours to allow for a better work/life balance. In light of the Covid pandemic, the service is currently offering the opportunity to work remotely, with an expectation that everyone is in the office for two days per week to meet the demand for face to face appointments. It is likely that agile working will continue to be part of the job role moving forward.

Supporting clinicians We are also mindful that working in a fast paced service with people experiencing psychological distress can be challenging as well as immensely rewarding and we take a compassionate leadership approach to ensure that these challenges are acknowledged and staff are supported through wellbeing focused line management supervision.

For further information or an informal discussion of this post please contact Carla Vianello on 07870 856 005. (You may also wish to look at our website

Please see Job Description for full details.

Previous unsuccessful applicants need not apply.

Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and (for Clinical Psychologists) neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology ; or alternative training outside of the UK that is recognised by the Health & Care Professions Council leading to registration in the UK as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist | OR | Completed a level 2 British Association for Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) accredited training course in CBT leading to eligibility for registration with the BABCP as a CBT Therapist | OR | have completed a level 1 BABCP accredited training course in CBT and have met further training, continuing professional development and supervised clinical practice requirements to meet eligibility for registration with the BABCP | OR | be currently registered with BABCP as a CBT therapist through an alternative BABCP recognised route
  • BABCP Accreditation as CBT practitioner
  • Training in the supervision of PWPs, clinical/counselling psychologists and/or CBT therapists or other IAPT compliant psychological therapy models
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, of varying severity, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse
  • Experience of working in both primary and secondary mental health care, including multi-agency working
  • Experience of CBT group and individual work and in supervising/facilitating running therapeutic/psycho-educational groups
  • Experience of routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of managing own caseload and time.
  • Experience of meeting agreed/specified service targets
  • Experience of mental health problems and the capacity to use that experience to the benefit of patient care
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and therapeutic skills necessary to deliver psychological treatments in line with NICE guidelines as relevant to Primary Care
  • Skills in the assessment and diagnostic formulation of common mental disorders in primary care settings
  • Skills in the assessment and evaluation of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of the goals and service model associated with the IAPT programme
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
  • Ability to work across organisational boundaries and to function effectively within organisational cultures which differ to that of the NHS
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches to working with patients from a range of cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge of community psychology approaches
  • Advanced practitioner skills in at least one other model of psychological therapy, preferably IPT, DIT, or EMDR
  • High-level knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of the psychological therapies

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