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Trainee IPT Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a training role within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme. The post-holder will work within the IAPT service providing high intensity Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post holder to provide an IPT service to clients with a range of complex problems for which IPT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. The post holder will work in the service for 5 days of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the training programme at designated times.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the Talking Changes service, assessing suitability for Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and then delivering IPT, to suitable patients where depression has been identified, in an effort to address problemsin their relationships with family, partners and friends. The successful candidate will attend relevant IPT training while putting their training and learning into practice with appropriate patients while also engaging in regular supervision.

The post holder will be responsible for appropriate risk management within a primary care setting, facilitating onward referral where necessary and engaging in TEWV and Talking Changes policies and procedures around clinical interventions.

The post holder will hold a Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma) or other Post Graduate CBT training course or a recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology, a recorded/registered qualification in one of - nursing, social work, occupational therapy plus further post graduate qualification in CBT.

About us

Talking Changes is a well-established Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service and has been providing psychological interventions to those residing in the County Durham and Darlington area since 2010. We are a joint venture of three experienced local and national providers of psychological therapies with a strong track record of success. It is led by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Mental Health Matters (MHM) and Sunderland Counselling Service (SCS).

The service has continued to develop new and innovative ways of supporting those patients presenting with common mental health difficulties, forming strong links with other supporting services in the area

We pride ourselves on helping people achieve good mental and physical well-being and live life to the full.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
    • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
    • Assess clients for suitability for IPT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for a trainee therapists to refer to manager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case.
    • Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
    • Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
    • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying the IPT model and conceptualisation with sensitivity in easily understood language.
    • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
    • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.
    • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
    • Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols
    • Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
    • Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process
    • Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post
    • Apply learning form the training programme in practice
    • Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.
    • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. BPS, UKCP, BABCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).
    • Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.
    • Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of IPT
    • Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
    • Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.
    • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.
    • Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
    • Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives
    • To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.
    • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.
    • All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.
    • All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.
    • It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma) or other Post Graduate CBT training course.
    • Accreditation, or moving towards accreditation, for CBT therapists and/or HPC for Practitioner Psychologists Accredited status with BACP, BABCP, UKCP
    • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology, a recorded/registered qualification in one of - nursing, social work, occupational therapy plus further post graduate qualification in CBT.
    • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
    Skills Essential
    • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
    • Computer literate
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
    • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
    Knowledge Essential
    • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
    • 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
    • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
    Experience Essential
    • 2 or more years' experience of working with patients presenting with depression in a therapeutic setting
    • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
    • Ability to manage own caseload and time
    • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
    • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
    • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
    Training Essential
    • Able to attend an IPT training course
    • Able to complete academic components of the course
    • Able to integrate training into practice
    Other Requirements Essential
    • High level of enthusiasm and Motivation.
    • Advanced communication skills
    • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
    • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
    • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
    • Car driver with ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation

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