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Trainee CBT Therapist - PHRP/Long Covid

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Carlisle or Keswick
£25,655 to £39,027 a year Candidate will rise to band 6 on evidence of qualification
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
Trainee CBT Therapist - 24 Month Contract:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Physical Health Psychology Service (PHRP) as a Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. This training post will be managed initially over a fixed term post, which is 24 months in duration from date of appointment. Candidates will commence with service at a salary in line with Agenda for Change Band 5, where they will remain through training (Jan 2023-Jan 2024). A promotion to Band 6 will be offered on evidence of successful qualification, and will remain in place during the following accreditation and professional development period (at least 12 months post-qualification) with the opportunity to progress to substantive Band 7 roles having completed the full, locally agreed preceptorship programme, funding permitted. This includes consolidating existing skills, as well access to additional, enhanced clinical skills training, delivered by nationally leading experts including ACT, EMDR and Cognitive Assessment skills.

The successful candidate will have and existing qualification as a Low Intensity CBT Therapist (PWP, adult), or will have sufficient undergraduate qualification (or equivalent) and experience in line with the requirements of the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes (KSA) framework.

The contract comprises 2 days academic study leave (in term time) and 3 days in clinical practice. Expert supervision and mentorship will be provided.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will receive high quality training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PgDip CBT) at University of Cumbria. The training lasts for one year, starting in January. Trainees will typically attend University on two days per week and be in service for the remaining three days.

The post holder will be an experienced individual who will be taking on an additional training role. The post holder will work within the Physical Health Psychology Service providing high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post holder to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to patients with problems such as depression and anxiety disorders for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

Trainees will be offered regular clinical and case management supervision to support Trainee High Intensity Therapists to achieve the best results possible for their clients.

On successful completion of the course, individuals will have received the training required to fulfil BABCP's Minimum Training Standards and will be able to apply for provisional, and then full accreditation as a BABCP registered CBT therapist.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for a comprehensive summary of role requirements and responsibilities.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will work across the Physical Health Psychology Service (PHPs) which includes nearly 100 posts.

Within the team there are a range of Psychologists, Psychological Practitioners, CBT Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Occupational therapist, Living Well Coaches, Wellbeing Activators and Administrative Staff.

The department provides psychological care to patients with physical health problems; this includes:
  • Long Term Conditions, including COPD, Diabetes and Cardiac problems, Cancer, Neuropsychology and Palliative care.
  • Persistent Physical Symptoms (persistent pain, Chronic Fatigue, Medically Unexplained Symptoms), including supporting patients with frequent attendance across the Health and Care System (High Intensity Users HIU)

The Service also hosts the Wellbeing Service (supporting people within primary care setting with multiple Long Term Conditions or a change in life circumstances).

We also have Paediatric Diabetes posts and are striving to develop a paediatric Physical Health Psychology Service.

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a discipline connected to Mental Health (e.g. Psychology, or Neuroscience) Those without an undergraduate qualification but with evidence of the ability to study at third year of undergraduate degree level will also be considered.
  • OR Qualified in a mental health profession (e.g. social work, OT, CPN, clinical or counselling psychologist, psychiatrist) and have at post qualification experience
  • OR Candidates who do not have a BABCP recognised core professional training can apply if they meet the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitude criteria. They will need to bring a KSA portfolio to the interview
  • Evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP (candidates are required to produce a full and complete KSA portfolio for assessment at interview)
  • Candidates who are qualified as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) must have two years post-qualification experience working as a PWP (taken from the date of their exam board).
  • Membership of the BABCP (from the time that the course commences).
  • Master's degree in field of mental health or other relevant discipline.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health, or Health Psychology services
  • Evidence of supervised CBT practice.
  • Experience of working in Primary Care / Community services
  • Experience working with anxiety disorders and depression
  • Experience in a service where agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes.
Knowledge Essential
  • Previous experience of using patient management systems or equivalent and demonstrating the importance of excellent record keeping
  • An understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it related to this post
  • Previous experience of using EMIS.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present.
  • Knowledge of the Roth and Pilling Competencies for best practise in CBT.
Skills & aptitudes Essential
  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to follow a risk protocol including implementation and follow up.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time in a climate of high-performance targets.
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to and maintain accurate records.
  • Clear ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with patients.
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, & in own personal and professional development and in supervision
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel independently of public transport.
  • Able to attend a two day per week course in addition to working 3 days in service.
  • Evidence of ability to meet the requirements of academic components of the post graduate course

  • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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