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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Fluent Arabic speaking)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Westminster, London
£49,036 to £55,049 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for enthusiastic High Intensity CBT Therapists who are passionate about their work to join the CNWL Talking Therapies Services in our Westminster team.

We embrace agile working and want our therapists to have a work pattern that suits their lifestyle. The Service is currently offering a combination of face-to-face and remote working (delivered either via home working or from our office base).

The team consistently meets its Key Performance Indicator targets and we actively embrace innovative, creative ideas and projects to meet the ever changing demands and dynamics of a hugely diverse local population. We are constantly seeking to improve and make our service a first class resource for Westminster and a great place to work, with a mixture of clear operational structures, open access, and a highly skilled and fulfilled team.

Main duties of the job

The post holders will be expected to provide evidence-based psychological treatment for common mental health problems at Step Three in Arabic. Other responsibilities include triage work, clinical supervision, organising and presenting Outreach events, and facilitating group work. We are especially looking for applicants who have enthusiasm, are adaptable, enjoy variety and enjoy pioneering, and who can work independently within a team context.This post would be suitable for experienced practitioners or newly qualified High Intensity therapists who are comfortable delivering therapy in Arabic.In order to be shortlisted for this post, applicants must be BABCP accredited or have attended a BABCP accredited CBT training course and are working towards their accreditation.To meet our community's needs the post holder will be expected to work in extended hours clinics offered by the service which include early morning and late evening clinics.The successful candidates will receive weekly supervision and support from a Senior Clinician as well as monthly, reflective peer support. The Westminster service has close links with the other Talking Therapies teams within CNWL and there are opportunities for further development. We have good links and trainees from all the Regional training courses and there would be opportunities to mentor and supervise Trainee Clinical or Counselling Psychologists, High Intensity Trainees and others as appropriate.

About us

Westminster Talking Therapies is a long-established service with a reputation for excellence and great staff retention. We provide Low intensity and High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapies alongside a Counselling service provided by our partners, Mind. Based in the very heart of London, the service has offices in Paddington and Victoria with GP partner sites across an exciting and vibrant Borough.

The team has two hubs based at 190 Vauxhall Bridge Road in Central London and 11 Praed Street in Paddington. We also provide on site work to around half the borough's GPs in exciting and diverse locations across Central London.

Interview date: 5th January 2023

Job description Job responsibilities



1.1. Provide specialist psychotherapeutic assessment of patients referred for CBT, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of quantitative and qualitative sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients and others involved with their care. Ensure the outcome of assessment is communicated to the referring agent and other professionals involved. Determine suitability of the approach and refer on unsuitable individuals to appropriate agencies and/or provide advice, including psycho-education, as appropriate.1.2 Formulate and implement plans for the specialist psychotherapeutic treatment and/or management of patients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of those problems derived from a broad theoretical knowledge of cognitive behaviour therapy, and employing methods based upon evidence of proven efficacy within modality. It is expected that the post-holder will treat patients across the range of severity.1.3 Be responsible for implementing a range of specialist cognitive behavioural therapy interventions for individual patients and groups, adjusting and refining psychotherapeutic formulations as practice and experience demand, and drawing upon different explanatory models and objective cognitive behaviour therapy measures to maintain a number of provisional hypothesis. Whilst maintaining ethical and legal standards.1.4. Regularly monitor and evaluate therapy programmes and progress, using objective measures where appropriate, and communicate this to referring agent and other professionals involved as appropriate.1.5. Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, developmental and cultural processes and systems, which have shaped the individual.1.6. Include family members and others involved in clients problems in therapy programmes, where necessary.1.7. Assess and deliver therapy programmes in the community or GP Surgery and other settings as necessary in Arabic.1.8. Discharging patients as appropriate and arrange follow-up as appropriate on completion of therapy. Ensure outcome and follow-up of treatment is communicated to the referring agent and other professional involved as appropriate.1.9. Exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, discharge and onward referral of patients whose problems are managed by psychotherapeutic interventions.1.10. Assess and manage clinical risk to self and others. Involve other agencies as appropriate.1.11. Adhere to the BABCP and other relevant professional codes of conduct, policy and guidance.1.12. Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping includingelectronic data-entry and recording, report writing for the purposes of personally generated clinical, audit, teaching and research information.1.13 .Exercise responsibility for professional self-governance in accordance with BABCP and other relevant professional codes of practice and conduct and Trust policies and procedures.1.14. Develop and maintain knowledge of local resources and relationships with relevant statutory, voluntary and community groups and organisations.1.15. Develop and propose innovative responses to identified needs of the diverse and multi-cultural community the service serves in collaboration and consultation with colleagues and other relevant teams and agencies.

2.0 PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES2.1 To maintain relevant professional registration and BABCP accreditation.2.2 To maintain CPD portfolios and to attend in-house and external CPD activity asappropriate.2.3 To fulfil responsibilities towards the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.2.4 To comply with BABCP and other relevant professional Codes of Practice.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Full or Provisional BABCP accreditation as a CBT therapist or eligibility for this accreditation at start of post (2)
  • Substantial specialist knowledge, theory, and skills of Cognitive behavioural therapy through diploma/degrees with BABCP accreditation
  • Behaviour Therapy acquired through diploma / degrees with BABCP accreditation.
  • Critical understanding of the relevance of studies of human development, psychopathology, psychology, social issues and evidence based practice.
  • Qualified/Registered Mental Health Professional.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of CBT psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of adult patients in a mental health setting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Specialist experience acquired through having conducted supervised assessment and therapy during training.
  • Highly developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Experience of working in an IAPT service or other primary care setting.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Previous specialist psychotherapeutic working experience.
  • Experience of the application of psychotherapy in difference cultural contexts.
  • Experience of the application of psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working in a Primary Care context.
  • Experience of working within a primary care/community setting.
  • Research skills and knowledge and aptitude.
Key Skill Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the methods of CBT Therapy assessment, interventions, and management. Including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and develop formulations upon which to base treatment.
  • Well-developed skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Highly developed communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a lone practitioner. To plan, organise, and prioritise own work and patient caseload.
  • Knowledge of the psychotherapeutic role.
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to deliver therapy in Arabic
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapy in specific difficult- to-treat groups (e.g. complex needs, personality disorder, somatoform disorders, persons with additional disabilities etc).
  • Awareness of other models of Psychotherapy.
  • Knowledge of the academic literature of the speciality
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to work creatively, co- operatively, reliably and consistently both as an independent practitioner and in multi-disciplinary and team settings
  • Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers, colleagues, other professional contacts.
  • Willingness to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally
  • Sickness record / attendance that is acceptable to the Trust
  • Declared medically fit to work by Occupational Health Department to perform the duties of the post.

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