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High Intensity CBT Trainee - CAMHs

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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We are looking to recruit a Trainee Psychological Therapist (High Intensity CBT Therapists) to work in our East Dorset CAMH team.

The successful candidates will undertake a 12 month training course at the University of Reading (Charlie Waller Institute). During this time, you will be trained to provide High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural therapy within a stepped care model for children and young people with common mental health problems, including depression and a range of anxiety disorders. You will be required to attend training at the University two days a week and working with a caseload of patients within service three days a week.

We are looking for people with energy, enthusiasm, and a high level of skills and experience. All staff will work as part of a team, receive regular clinical supervision and be able to access CPD.

Main duties of the job

Are you eligible to apply?

There are three routes to eligibility.

Please see attached Additional Information for these routes.

The course is due to start in January.

Permanent job roles will be offered on condition of passing the HI training course. There will be opportunities to progress to a Band 7 Therapist position within CAMHs.

Trainees can work flexibly, and we offer a combination of face to face and remote work. The successful candidate will provide one to one and group high intensity CBT within a stepped care model for adults with common mental health problems, including depression and a range of anxiety disorders. We provide regular clinical supervision in a variety of formats to support you.

On completion of the course, trainees progress to a period of supported preceptorship. This offers enhanced supervision, peer support meetings, and a reduced and triaged caseload. The Preceptorship will normally last 8 months and when complete leads to a permanent Band 7 post. On completion of the preceptorship applicants are expected to complete long-term health conditions training. Occasionally qualified staff working in the Southampton location will be required to work Saturdays.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification fully before applying for this post and use the Supporting Information space to demonstrate your ability to undertake this role, drawing on your skills, knowledge and experience, and referencing which of the three routes you are applying through.

Person Specification Educational / Qualifications Essential
  • A)First degree in Psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing of 2:1 standard or above, or an equivalent professional qualification. Evidence of ability to study at third year undergraduate level in a relevant degree will also be considered for those without an undergraduate qualification
  • B)A core mental health profession as defined by the British Association for Behavioural and cognitive Psychotherapies( BABCP) e.g. social work, OT, MH nurse, clinical or counselling psychologist, psychiatrist and have at least 2 years post qualification experience
  • Some knowledge and experience of CBT
  • Able to integrate training into practice
  • Experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
Skills / Experience / Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed / specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer Literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in children and young people
  • 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 for children and young people
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Worked in a Service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working in mental health services with CYP
Additional Requirements Essential
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • High levels 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
  • Robust, flexible and dedicated team members able to operate under pressure at most times to meet the demands of an intensive service.
  • 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
  • Fluent in languages other than English
  • Experience of working with diverse communities within a multicultural setting

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