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Specialist Psychological Therapist: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bognor Regis
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified and experienced CBT Therapist to join our Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIPS) in the Western locality (Bognor and Chichester), based at the Bedale Centre in Bognor Regis.

The Bognor EIPS are a friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team providing support and treatment to people aged 14 - 65 who have experienced a First Episode of Psychosis or present with an At Risk Mental State. We are looking for a highly skilled and enthusiastic CBT Therapist to offer evidence-based psychological interventions. Psychological approaches are highly valued in EIPS, and you will have the opportunity to support psychologically-informed practice within the team.Experience in working with people with psychosis is highly desirable although there will be opportunities for relevant training (e.g. Daniel Freeman's Feeling Safe Programme), and linking in with the Sussex Psychosis Experiences and Recovery (SuPER) clinic. Our service also has a strong culture of family inclusive practice, and we support our staff in accessing training in Family Interventions for psychosis as appropriate. We have a strong commitment to compassionate leadership and professional development, and you will be provided with specialist psychosis supervision, peer CBTp Supervision and you will be joining a positive and welcoming community of staff from the psychological professions working across EIPS in the Trust.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior CBT Therapist working in our Bognor EIPS, you will work closely with the team's Senior Psychologist, and multi-disciplinary colleagues. Your main responsibility will be the provision of high quality assessments, formulations and evidence-based interventions to people experiencing psychosis and At Risk Mental States. You will also contribute to regular team clinical discussions, groups and assist with team case formulations in order to support the team in delivering psychologically-informed care. Your career development is important to us, and you will have opportunities to develop your clinical, consultation, supervisory and leadership skills.

About us

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex. The Bognor EIP team is one of the Trust's six Early Intervention in Psychosis teams, which organisationally sit within the Children and Young People's Services division. EIPS has a single service-wide leadership and governance group which oversees the delivery of care.The Bedale Centre is in the sunny seaside town of Bognor Regis and within walking distance of the beach.Living and working in West Sussex has a lot to offer, with easy travel between coast and countryside, vibrant communities, historic towns and picturesque villages. We also have great schools locally.Our Trust is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority. Key survey results include:? 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work? 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team? 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their rolesOur Trust promotes high quality clinical research and audit. The strength of the Research and Development team and the Trust's Clinical Academic Groups (CAG's) are examples of the structures we have developed in order to support and promote evidence-based practice and service user involvement within the wider services.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work as a member of the Bognor EIPS team, providing a high quality, specialist psychological therapy service to clients, their families or carers. In addition, you will support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training and by participating in systematic clinical governance. You will work with complex presentations suitable for psychological therapy in the team, utilising a high level of knowledge and experience and adapting approaches as appropriate, with regard to evidence based practice.

In order to join our team as a Senior CBT Therapist you will have: A recognised postgraduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). A qualification in one of the core mental health professions recognised by BABCP; and current registration with the core professional body or evidence of having achieved the Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) route to BABCP accreditation. Substantial experience in CBT, and be passionate about working with people experiencing early psychosis.

It would also be advantageous if you have: Experience and qualifications in CBT for psychosis.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

The post is part-time, 4 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Working days are negotiable, but would need to include a Thursday. The post will be made up of a combination of face to face clinical work, office time and remote working as appropriate. We welcome informal visits and/or a phone conversation about the service and this post.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK], including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan deve
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological working (assessment, formulation and treatment) with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, inpatient and residential care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of applied psychology
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.

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