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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for dynamic and self-motivated individuals to work for Mindsmatter Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Service

An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, who is passionate about providing meaningful and effective therapeutic experiences to address common mental health problems, to join the Mindsmatter teams in Chorley and South Ribble. Chorley and South Ribble in Lancashire is a beautiful part of the UK and has lots to offer in terms of activities, stunning scenery and community.

Applicants who have not completed their training as a CBT therapist will not be considered.

Mindsmatter CBT Therapists offer accessible screening, assessment and treatment for mild to moderate mental health problems, giving service users a greater degree of choice and flexibility by providing an extensive menu of therapies including psycho-education courses, 1:1 therapy, and group and computerised CBT programs.

You will have a proven track record of delivering high quality service outcomes against robust performance measures and have excellent interpersonal qualities; time management skills; an ability to work autonomously; and an enthusiasm for working in an ever-developing IAPT environment.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality CBT to adults with common mental health problems including those with a degree of complexity.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of team policies and procedure.
  • To provide clinical supervision and mentoring to cognitive behavioral therapists and trainees.
  • To deliver a CBT service in accordance with NICE guidelines, meeting key performance indicators and agreed activity levels.
  • To work to the agreed model and number of clinical contacts per week as set by the service
  • To provide advice and consultation on clients' care, to non-CBT colleagues and to non-professional carers.
  • To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development and research within the areas served by the team.
  • To deliver and support the delivery of CBT within agreed activity levels and an agreed model.
  • To work with the Team Leader and Clinical Leads to provide a co-production role in managing waiting times, prevalence and recovery
  • To promote wellbeing and social inclusion.
  • To take lead role / clinical specialty in a designated areas of work i.e. LTC, Older adults, veterans, etc.
  • To provide clinical leadership at team/locality level, taking a lead role in service development, including engaging and working with other agencies

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • Formally recognised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Post Graduate (Master's Level) diploma
  • CBT Full Accreditation with BABCP
  • AND Professional qualification in health or social care, e.g. RMN or Social Worker OR KSA equivalence
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Extensive theoretical and clinical Knowledge of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.). and disorder specific models
  • 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.
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of substantial post-qualification experience of delivering specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy assessment and treatment of clients in Adult Mental Health.
  • A broad range of experience of working with a wide variety of clients 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.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of providing clinical supervision, utilising appropriate supervision models
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required.
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately. Ability to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances.

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