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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced and accredited cognitive behavioural therapist. You will join the Southampton Psychology Service, which is a supportive and friendly team with a wealth of clinical expertise including CBT, DBT, CAT, ACT, EMDR and psychodynamic therapy. We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as strong academic links.

In this role, you will offer assessments and cognitive behavioural therapy to patients referred by the three Community Mental Health Teams in the city. You will also offer supervision, consultation, and training to staff working in the teams.

We are looking for someone who has strong interpersonal and clinical skills. We are looking to develop our capacity in trauma-focused CBT, and you will be encouraged to develop specialist skills in this area, including through further training. You will also be supported to develop your skills in supervision and to supervise at least one trainee CBT therapist.

You will be based at College Keep, Southampton and will be managed by a Clinical Psychologist or Senior Psychological Therapist. Specialist supervision will be available. Flexible working arrangements are possible, including some remote working according to clinical need.

Part-time working and job share arrangements will be considered for the right applicant.

Main duties of the job

*To provide high quality specialist assessment, formulation, individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to patients of the Southampton City Mental Health Teams, working within professional guidelines and the organisational structure of the Service's policies and procedures.

*The characteristics of the core population include people diagnosed with enduring mental health needs and complex emotional needs who may find it difficult to:

make or maintain relationships

connect with other people, including friends, family or work colleagues

manage and control their emotions

cope with life and difficult feelings

control their behaviours and impulses

*The post holder will place an emphasis on co-production and demonstrate an attitude which respects and values individuals and their carers and the core values of the Trust: patients and people first; partnership; and respect.

*Duties will also involve working with other people involved in the individuals' care (e.g. family or named carers). A recovery focused approach is essential

*To offer advice and supervision on individuals' psychological care to other members of the multi-professional team. Emphasis here is on having an understanding/appreciation of the complex nature of the mental health care system and to develop insight and understanding to all others involved in people's care.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service

To provide CBT assessment and therapy for people referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with individuals, family members and others involved in the individual's care

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of an individual's mental health problems, and risk to self and others, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the individual's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing CBT psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families, and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To communicate to people in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, including formulations of the individual's difficulties and the basis for treatment recommendations.

To communicate with referrers and other clinical staff, a specialist psychological formulation of the individuals' difficulties, in addition to making recommendations for their future care and treatment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A doctoral level qualification in Clinical / Applied Psychology
  • Or
  • Qualification as an RMN, social worker or occupational therapist with post-qualification training in psychological therapy equivalent to a diploma or above. Applications from qualified psychological therapists without a core professional training will also be considered if they meet the other criteria.
  • AND
  • Advanced post-registration training, continuing professional development and supervised practice in cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • AND
  • Accredited registration with a relevant psychological professional body (e.g. HCPC, BABCP, DBT, ACAT).
  • AND
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competencies as required.

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