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Senior High Intensity IAPT Therapist

West London NHS Trust
Hammersmith & Fulham
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Back on Track is the IAPT service for the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. We are seeking to recruit a Senior High Intensity Therapist to join our team. This post is suitable for a qualified and experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Health Psychologist, High Intensity Therapist or CBT Therapist.

Our primary therapy is CBT, but we also offer IAPT's centralised training in secondary modalities (such as DIT, EMDR, IPT or BCT), specialist MBCT, PTSD, LTC and Supervisor training, plus our own in-house masterclasses, such as on imagery rescripting, BDD and cross-cultural therapy.

During the last few years the Back on Track team has worked hard to deliver effective treatment to those with a long-term health condition. Currently 30% of all referrals have at least one long-term condition and applications are particularly welcomed from anyone who has a particular interest and/or expertise with this group and who would be interested in service development in this area.

Back on Track is a very successful service but we want to ensure that our effective treatments are accessible to the entire community, including those from BAME groups. Our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

Main duties of the job

Back on Track is a well-established and high performing IAPT service provided by West London NHS Trust in partnership with West London Centre for Counselling and Richmond Fellowship. You will work in a very friendly, supportive and well resourced service with close links to Clinical Psychology Doctorate and IAPT training programmes. The service places a particular emphasis on supporting all clinicians and there is a dedicated programme to promote and improve the wellbeing of the team members.

The post will involve a mix of direct clinical work, clinical supervision and taking a key role in the leadership and operational management of the service. The post holder will also provide direct line management to team members, including High and Low Intensity therapists and trainees.

Full Time or Part Time positions with a requirement to work at least one evening session per week (12pm - 8pm) and to occasionally provide additional evening cover as required are considered for this post.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description / Person Specification for further details about the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counseling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or post graduate training in another core mental health profession (nursing, Occupational therapy) plus l post graduate diploma or higher degree in CBT. OR Accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist by the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP) or nearing completion of accreditation process.
  • Professional registration with the appropriate Health and Care Professions Council, if applicable to core professional training.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Postgraduate CBT Diploma.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Specialist training/experience of CBT demonstrated through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychological therapist or practitioner psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Head of Psychology and psychological therapies.
  • Experience of working within an IAPT service and delivering to agreed service targets (e.g. clinical contact hours, percentage recovery)
  • Experience of supervising cognitive-behavioural therapy interventions.
  • Experience of the application of CBT in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with two distinct psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Experience of supervising both low intensity and high intensity workers within an IAPT service.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of cognitive-behavioural assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS or relevant professional body.
  • Formal training in supervision of other clinical staff.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities or long-term physical health conditions etc).
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
Other Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Personal experience of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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