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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and self-motivated individual to work for NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Talking Therapies Service (previously IAPT).

The service has dedicated teams of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs), Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBTs) and Counsellors who offer a range of support to help people make positive changes to reduce stress and anxiety and improve their wellbeing.

An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, who is passionate about providing meaningful and effective therapeutic experiences to address common mental health problems, to join the South Lakes team. South Cumbria is a beautiful part of the UK and has lots to offer in terms of activities, stunning scenery and community.

Applicants who have not completed their training as a CBT therapist will not be considered. Applicants need to be BABCP fully accredited.

Main duties of the job

NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Talking Therapies Service CBT Therapists offer accessible screening, assessment and treatment for mild to moderate mental health problems, giving service users a greater degree of choice and flexibility by providing an extensive menu of therapies including psycho-education courses, 1:1 therapy, and group and computerised CBT programs.

You will have a proven track record of delivering high quality service outcomes against robust performance measures and have excellent interpersonal qualities; time management skills; an ability to work autonomously; and an enthusiasm for working in an ever-developing NHS Talking Therapies Service environment.

The services are underpinned by a philosophy of mental health promotion, health recovery, choice, empowerment and personal responsibility.

In return, we offer continued professional development, high quality clinical supervision, supportive line management and training opportunities both internal and external.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Formally recognised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Post Graduate (Master's Level) diploma
  • CBT Full Accreditation with BABCP AND Professional qualification in health or social care, e.g. RMN or Social Worker OR KSA equivalence
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Extensive theoretical and clinical Knowledge of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.). and disorder specific models
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the IAPT model and a willingness to develop the service clinically.
  • An understanding of the key performance indicators in IAPT services and how they relate to clinical practice.
  • Evidence of ability to develop and evaluate areas of care and treatment.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of substantial post-qualification experience of delivering specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy assessment and treatment of clients in Adult Mental Health.
  • A broad range of experience of working with a wide variety of clients that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of providing clinical supervision, utilising appropriate supervision models
  • Experience of Promoting wellbeing and social inclusion.

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