CBT Therapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year gross per annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and experienced CBT Therapist to join the specialist CYP Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS).We are looking for a highly motivated practitioner; preferably with experience of working with young people but experience with young adults or adults with eating disorders also relevant.We welcome applications from practitioners who are highly motivated, enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and resourceful. The successful applicant will be trained to deliver NICE concordant treatment to young people and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

This post will support our multi-disciplinary team to complete assessments and deliver individual and group work within community settings. This role gives opportunity for development of skills and expertise in a supportive multi-disciplinary team.You will be supported within the team by senior clinicians and will work closely with other specialists within the service. Clinical supervision and professional leadership will be provided.There are excellent opportunities for professional development within team through supervision, training, team CPD and wider Specialist Services and Trust events.To provide a qualified, high-quality specialist psychology service to individuals, carers, families, and groups, within and across teams, and to provide an active contribution to service development of the ARFID pathway.To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy.To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.

About us

Please see below wording for the working for your organisation section: Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • A comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Career progression
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team working across Norfolk & Waveney supporting clinicians. To provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the ARFID service including assessing/working with children and young people with ARFID in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities and common co-occurring conditions including anxiety, depression and medical condition.It is an exciting time to join Specialist Services, this post will support our wider work and pathway for children and young people identified with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, more commonly known as ARFID. The condition is characterised by a person's avoidance certain foods or types of food, having restricted intake in terms of overall amount eaten, or both.ARFID can have a negative impact on the person's physical health as well as their psychological wellbeing. Children and young people may fail to gain weight as expected and their growth may be affected.Home based working is also available in addition to patient facing delivery. This role is Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Person Specification
  • Professional qualification and registration in a recognised mental health profession
  • BABCP accreditation as a CBT/Therapists (may have been gained following successful completion of High Intensity Therapist Training). Knowledge and experience acquired through relevant first professional qualification at degree or postgraduate degree level.

  • Theoretical knowledge of CBT/Therapies and the application of appropriate models of practice, according to client need.
  • Highly specialist assessment skills in CBT/Therapies.
  • Excellent communication skills with a range of people in a variety of both clinical and managerial settings.
  • Advanced knowledge of a range of CBT/Therapies evidence based interventions used in the effective management of common mental health problems.

  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patients whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems. Substantial experience in managerial/clinical supervision of others casework. Substantial experience in teaching/training others

  • Ability to work autonomously and lead on innovative clinical and service developments.
  • Ability to expertly manage a complex caseload Ability to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, ability to exercise judgement in identifying and assessing complicated events or problems.
  • Ability to provide and receive highly complex and highly sensitive information using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills in order to overcome hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmospheres.
  • Advanced skills in assessment, formulation, engagement and interventions.

  • Working knowledge of health legislation and current practice in mental health, including risk assessment and management. Proven research and audit skills.

  • Ability to be an effective team player with good communication and liaison skills
  • Empathy and engagement skills with client group
  • Ability to concentrate intensely for prolonged periods of time on a frequent basis. Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects. - Knowledge of psychosocial interventions - An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guidelines Government initiative.

  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks. Knowledge of health promotion

  • Own transport which can be used for work purposes
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including the ability to use IT systems to produce written reports/evaluations.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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