Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (High Intensity CBT Therapists) across Dorset within our Steps 2 Wellbeing service.

The successful candidates will undertake a 12 month training course at the University of Exeter. During this time, you will be trained to provide High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy within a stepped care model for adults with common mental health problems. You will be required to attend training at the University two days a week and to work with a caseload of patients within service three days a week. All staff will work as part of a team, receive regular clinical supervision. Trainees can work flexibly; we offer a combination of face to face and remote work. You will be required to attend 100% of training days with the University.

The course is due to start on 9th January with 2 university induction days taking place on 5th and 6th December.

Are you eligible to apply?

There are two routes to eligibility.

ROUTE 1: You will be qualified in a mental health profession as defined by the BABCP (e.g. social worker, occupational therapist, mental health nurse, etc See website for full list of accepted core professions; Core Professions ( AND have at least 2 years post qualification experience.

Main duties of the job

ROUTE 2: You do not have a core profession but you have 4 years relevant mental health experience and have completed a KSA portfolio which you are able to submit at point of interview (please refer to BABCP KSA guidance to find out if a full or partial KSA portfolio is required Knowledge Skills and Attitudes ( Please note that Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners cannot be recruited to HI training posts until they have at least two years of post-qualification experience.Please also be aware that if you have recently completed an NHS funded psychological professions course, you will not be eligible to access this training until 2 years post qualification.

If applying via route 2 you will need to have your KSA completed and ready to submit at point of interview. Alloffers are conditional on completion of a KSA and this would need to be submitted following interview if offered a conditional place. For information on how to complete the KSA please visit the BABCP website.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

About Dorset Healthcare and Steps 2 Wellbeing

Dorset Steps 2 Wellbeing is divided into 7 locality based services as follows:
  • North Dorset
  • Dorchester and Bridport
  • Weymouth and Portland
  • Purbeck and East Dorset
  • Poole
  • East Bournemouth
  • West Bournemouth

Posts will be offered across these services. In your application please ensure that you state your area of preference with first and second choice.

University of Exeter

Step to Wellbeing (Urban Dorset) Louise Walker-Weston

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Educational/Qualifications Essential
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in a discipline connected to mental health (e.g. Psychology, neuroscience, or a BABCP recognised core profession) OR those without an undergraduate qualification but with evidence of the ability to study at third year of undergraduate level (level 6) will also be considered)
  • A core mental health profession as defined by the British Association for Behavioural and cognitive Psychotherapies( BABCP) e.g. social work, OT, MH nurse, clinical or counselling psychologist, psychiatrist and have at least 2 years post qualification experience OR candidates who do not have a core profession need to be able to provide a complete KSA portfolio (please refer to BABCP KSA guidance for whether a full / partial KSA is required)
  • Some knowledge and experience of CBT
  • Experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • Evidence of foundation level / sustained CPD in CBT
  • Evidence of using CBT techniques in practice
Skills/Experience/Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Worked in a Service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
Skills/Experience/Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
Skills/Experience/Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post

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