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High Intensity Therapist/ CBT Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for 4.1wte High Intensity Therapists to join the CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service (PWS). We are looking for individuals whose practice is primarily CBT based, but they may have an other IAPT therapy modality skills. The individual should be accredited or accreditable with BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists) or other professional body (see below).

The positions available across our Teams based in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Fenland and Peterborough. Where possible we will try to accommodate base requests. At present we are expecting staff to attend base for in-person working at least one day per week, although this may increase to two days (or 40% of their time in the near future) in line with patient demand. As such we are unable to offer full-time remote posts.

Successful candidates will be offered a permanent contract.

Our preference is for individuals to work full-time but we would also consider applications for part-time work, although we specify a minimum 22.5 hours/week required.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of the Psychological Wellbeing Service (PWS) Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This post will support the service to ensure that national guidelines are adhered to, targets are achieved and that the clinical governance arrangements are in place.

To provide evidence based psychological interventions to patients at step 3 across all sectors of care, providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working under supervision within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

The post does not have any budgetary responsibilities other than the appropriate use of Trusts resources.

The post may take supervisory responsibilities for others.

The post holder is required to have professional accreditation with BABCP or should be eligible for accreditation with this professional body and actively undertaking the process of applying for accreditation. This would be expected within 3-6 months of starting in post.

Alternatively, the post holder may be a 'practitioner psychologist' with a protected title of clinical or counselling psychologist and registered with the HCPC.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • The PWS service provides a stepped care model of treatment for people experiencing a range of anxiety based problems and depression in primary care. The post holder will work with the clinical team and other supervisors to be involved with:
  • Ensuring clinical interventions are implemented in line with the latest NICE guidelines for psychological interventions.
  • Protocols and arrangements are in place so that people can be stepped up and down to and from the service as required.
  • Clinical governance arrangements are in place to cover all of the clinical activity.
  • Supervision arrangements are in place for all elements of service delivery.
  • Provide high intensity interventions for patients referred to the team. This will involve the use of NICE evidence based psychological interventions and may involve both individual and group work, using face to face contact, telephone and other mediums as appropriate.
  • To be able to formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
  • Adhere to all clinical policies and procedures.
  • To ensure treatment delivery remains accessible, convenient and with minimal waiting times as agreed by senior clinicians and managers.
  • To undertake risk assessment and develop risk management plans for clients.
  • To provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures, including work with clients deemed as vulnerable adults.
  • To produce reports on clients in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory agencies as appropriate.
  • To attend multidisciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatments, where appropriate.
  • All staff working within PWS services will be expected to comply with local and national professional standards.
  • The post holder will be expected to:
  • Maintain standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating bodies.
  • Attend appropriate clinical supervision groups, as agreed by professional and line manage. Ensure all aspects of confidentiality relating to both the service and individuals are maintained at all times.
  • Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in psychological therapies in own modality of practice.
  • Attend agreed regular clinical and managerial supervision in line with the trusts policies and guidelines.
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD and ensure personal development plans maintain up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of professional standards expected in the service.
  • To support the development of staff in the team to carry out at least annually an appraisal, objective setting and personal development planning meeting.
  • To participate in the Trusts appraisal and performance management frameworks and work with Clinical Governance policies.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post-holders professional and service manager(s).

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate Qualifications CBT or IAPT modality
  • Accreditation (eligible or actual)
  • BABCP Accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as high intensity therapist / psychological therapist
  • Ability to meet agreed/ specified service targets
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services / IAPT service
  • Supervision experience
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Can deliver evidence based high intensity interventions
  • Can deliver other NICE recommended CBT models
Other Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective team working with clients
  • Ability to promote psychological models with patients, carers and staff in an understandable clearly outlining goals and potential outcomes.

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