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Trainee High Intensity (HI) CBT Psychological Therapist (IAPT)-Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting development opportunity has arisen within Let's Talk (IAPT) Gloucestershire. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and skilled individuals to join our various teams within the county as a high intensity trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT).

The role requires you to undertake a one year PG Diploma in Psychological Therapies (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) at the University of Exeter.You will need to attend university as required. Most teaching will be 2 days per week, with the rest of your working week spent providing high intensity CBT Assessment and CBT Interventions in accordance with NICE guidance. You will receive clinical supervision in the workplace and University to develop your clinical skills.

Successful candidates will either have a recognised core professional training qualification or will be able to provide evidence that they have practised within the career framework of training in mental health and can produce a completed KSA Portfolio at interview.

In your application, please provide a brief statement in support of your application for the post of IAPT HI trainee with reference to the NHS Values in accordance with The NHS Constitution. When completing this section, please directly address the service user.

In your application give details of how you meet the person specification.

Information of relevant core professions, KSA documents and guidance can be found on the BABCP website under: Accreditation / CBP.

Main duties of the job

  • This is a training role within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT) and the post-holder will work in the service using newly developed skills, whilst attending a training programme through the University of Exeter (either remote or at a designated location)
  • The post-holder will work within the IAPT service providing high intensity interventions (face to face and via digital platforms).
  • This intensive training post will equip the post - holder to provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of complex problems.
  • To Work with clients who have a range of complex anxiety and depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.
  • To liaise with other professionals, agencies and community resources to develop services enhancing the access and choice agenda.
  • To support activity that expands the skills, competency and confidence of those working with individuals experiencing mental health problems and the delivery of training and education sessions.
  • To be responsible for ensuring clinical outcome data is routinely entered and appropriately collated, and also engage in service evaluation, outcome measurement, audit and research projects to benefit service users.
  • As part of the role, you will be expected to be able to travel and work across the county and work outside of 9-5 hours in line with service opening hours.

About us

The Gloucestershire Mental Health Intermediate Care (IAPT) Service is passionate about improving access to psychological therapies for the population it serves. We offer NICE compliant treatment to patients experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

We are a busy and expanding service that has four clinical teams. Our integrated teams include primary care nursing and IAPT. The IAPT team comprises of Clinical leads, Team managers, Psychological Therapists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and trainees. The Service provides evidenced based psychological interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other IAPT approved therapies. We deliver treatment over the telephone, in groups, face to face and using digital therapy options.

This post is a development role automatically leading to the band 7 HI Intensity psychological therapist role for those who successfully pass the assessments and qualifications. However should candidates not successfully pass their qualifications or assessments or leave the trust within 2 years of qualifying they would be asked to pay back a proportion of the training fees.

Job description Job responsibilities

The detailed job description and main responsibilities for the role including qualifications, training and experience requirements are found in the job description/person specification.

This post is being advertised as full time 37.5 hours, but we will consider whether we can offer part time options over 24 months. If part time working is requested and agreed, the successful candidate would be required to attend University days on Mondays and Tuesdays each week during the first year as at a minimum, including block weeks when timetabled (which equates to 0.4 wte) and in addition work 0.3 wte to 0.5 wte hours clinically within the Trust.

Please note that in accordance with national Guidance. PWPs cannot be recruited as HI IAPT trainees until 2 years post qualification, as a minimum. These 2 years of practice commence only at the date of confirmation of the full PWP qualification by the University, not at the end of the teaching timetable. Significant mental health experience prior to taking up a PWP role will also be expected. This standard in monitored nationally by the BABCP. Please also refer to IAPT National recruitment guidance available on the NHS England website at

KSA applicants need to submit a complete KSA Portfolio at interview and this needs to be assessed as part of the interview process. The KSA Selector will assess the KSA Portfolio provided by the KSA Candidate following the interview. Any job offer would be subject to the KSA portfolio being assessed as satisfactory.

If you are a KSA candidate and have any queries not answered by the above information then please contact the University of Exeter at

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trusts Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Trust is a signatory to the Mindful Employer Charter:

Joint interviews with the University and the Service will be held on a date in late September/early October 2022. Dates will be advised following shortlisting.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend a course induction at the University on 5th and 6th December 2022.

The University course starts with a 4 day block at Exeter on 9th January 2023.

In addition, you will need to be in a position to take up employment as a Gloucestershire Health and Care Trust employee and attend corporate induction prior to the commencement of the course.

NB. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Closing date: 29th September 2022

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post is eligible for the Trusts Recommend a Friend scheme. If you have been recommended to apply for this role by an employee of the Trust you should include a short statement to this effect in your supporting information, including the name of the person who recommended you. If you are successful with your application the employee who recommended you needs to access the relevant forms to process this from the Trusts intranet or the HR Recruitment Team.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a discipline connected to mental health (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, or a BABCP recognised core professional qualification) OR Those without an undergraduate qualification but with evidence of the ability to study at third year of undergraduate degree level (level 6) will also be considered. Candidates who do not have a core professional qualification are required to produce a full and complete KSA portfolio that is submitted for assessment at interview.
  • Qualified in a mental health profession (e.g. social work, OT, MH Nurse, clinical or counselling psychologist, psychiatrist) and have extensive post qualification experience, please review to ensure eligibility for application. Recognised core profession can be found here -
Length and/or nature of experience Essential
  • Evidence of considerable relevant clinical experience working with adults suffering with anxiety and depression
  • Demonstrates ability to manage own caseload and time.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations.
  • Evidence of foundation level or sustained CPD in CBT
Professional/managerial/specialist knowledge Essential
  • Is able to show evidence of an openness to learning new knowledge and skills
  • Shows an understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk.
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the national IAPT service and how it links to governmental objectives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Personal skills, abilities and attributes Essential
  • Availability to attend university as required, which will include up to four blocks of teaching of up to four days. Most teaching will be 2 days per week in conjunction with a minimum period of high intensity CBT clinical practice per week.
  • Ability to undertake all statutory and mandatory training including Breakaway (subject to Occupational Health clearance)
  • Able to complete academic and clinical components of the course, and meet university requirements to access appropriate training.
Other requirements Essential

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