Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (S-CAMHS) - EIP

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Specialist Children and Adolescence Mental Health (S-CAMHS) Early Intervention for Psychosis (EIP) Service for an experienced and enthusiastic Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary team to help deliver a high quality effective service to help young people (14-25 years old) with a first episode of psychosis (FEP) in their recovery and to gain a good quality of life.

You will be joining a very experienced, multi-disciplinary team of nurses, psychotherapists, and medical staff. Although, you will be part of the Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, you will work closely with colleagues in Adult Mental Health Services, Adult Primary and Secondary Mental Health Services to ensure that individuals experience a seamless and co-ordinated approach to their care.

As a service we offer monthly supervision from an experienced CBT therapist, as well as peer support and continuing professional activities to aid with professional development. You will also be part of the wider psychological therapies teams and therefore have access to other multi-modularity therapists.

We welcome applications from qualified CBT therapists who have experience within Adult services and/or sCAMHS.

Main duties of the job

Practice: - High intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The post holder will be an accredited CBT therapist practicing high intensity therapy in a specialist area with complex, difficult to treat patients within the early intervention psychosis (EIP) Service.

Supervision and Training; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The post holder will provide supervision and training in CBT based interventions for practitioners, providing both individual and group Low Intensity Interventions in the EIP service in line with service needs.

Provide effective, efficient and comprehensive cognitive CBT and specialist assessments and interventions for young people who are accessing therapy within the EIP Service in line with the Matric Plant and NICE Guidelines. Will be a member of a multi-disciplinary EIP team providing assessment and therapeutic intervention in examining and developing coping strategies to manage symptoms. The post holder will be expected to work towards the development of expertise within clinical specialism of CBT-e and provide training across designated services.

Training monies have been secured for the successful candidate to undertake CBT for Psychosis (CBTp) and Psychosis Training as part of their role.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity not only for someone experienced in the expert delivery of CBT, but also for someone who has perhaps recently completed formal CBT training at a recognised establishment, or is about to complete such training. It will give the successful applicants the opportunity to consolidate learned skills by dedicating most of their working day to providing CBT in a highly supportive and supervised environment, which will help them significantly on their path not only to CBT therapist accreditation with the BABCP, but in developing their skills, competence and confidence as a CBT therapist. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they will be able to attain BABCP accreditation in no more than 12 months, as career progression would be dependent on this.

If you are in a position to attain your accreditation within 12 months of attaining the post you are welcome to apply as the post is advertised utilising Annex 21: Arrangements for pay and banding of trainees. This will mean that during a pre agreed time period (12 months maximum) whilst you are attaining your accreditation, you will be paid at 75% of the pay grade. Applicants will only be considered for this post under Annex 21 with evidence clearly indicated within your application form that they are in a position to reach the required accreditation, with the BABCP, within the specified period. Failure to achieve this in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 06/04/2023.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Appropriate Masters level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Accreditation with BABCP
  • Evidence of having obtained a professional qualification in mental health, or relevant experience in mental health - relevant to job description. OR The post holder is required to show commitment or motivation to undertake appropriate training or study in the specialty area.
  • Trained in CBT P or prepared to undertake specified training
  • knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health i.e Children's Act, Child Protection Procedures.
  • Good Knowledge of relevant theories, practice and research in the field of CBT and ability to apply them to relevant work situations
  • Awareness of other therapeutic approaches and application
  • Awareness of safeguarding principals
  • Knowledge of NICE guidelines
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of psychosocial issues that can impact clients and how they may present
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health, benefits & employment systems
  • Knowledge of medication used in common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of CTP and WARRN
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Substantial knowledge of and experience of working in mental health, including with people with serious mental health problems.
  • Trained in CBT-p
  • Training in any other evidence based psychological approaches e.g. DBT, Mindfulness based approaches, EMDR , .Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Group work certificate
  • Supervision Certificate neu experience
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Experience of working in secondary mental health services
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified targets
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Documentary evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of working in children's mental health service
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision for CBT
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of group work in SCAMHS or mental health services
  • Training and ability to deliver other therapeutic approaches, DBT, EMDR, IPT

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