Highly Specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum inclusive
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Back on Track is the IAPT service for the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. We are seeking to recruit a Senior High Intensity Therapist to join our team. This post is suitable for a qualified and experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Health Psychologist, High Intensity Therapist or CBT Therapist.

A mix of permanent and fixed term posts are available as either Full Time or Part Time positions. All positions are required to work at least one evening session per week (12pm - 8pm) and to occasionally provide additional evening cover as required.

Back on Track is a well-established and high performing IAPT service provided by West London NHS Trust in partnership with West London Centre for Counselling and Richmond Fellowship. You will work in a very friendly, supportive and well resourced service with close links to Clinical Psychology Doctorate and IAPT training programmes. The service places a particular emphasis on supporting all clinicians and there is a dedicated programme to promote and improve the wellbeing of the team members.

Our primary therapy is CBT, but we also offer IAPT's centralised training in secondary modalities (such as DIT, EMDR, IPT or BCT), specialist MBCT, PTSD, LTC and Supervisor training, plus our own in-house masterclasses, on topics including imagery rescripting, BDD and cross-cultural therapy.We have received positive feedback from staff for our approach in supporting staff who are working parents or carers.

Main duties of the job

To provide a therapeutic service to clients of the Back on Track (IAPT) service, across all sectors of care; providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To provide clinical supervision to PWP's, High Intensity therapists and other members of the team.

To provide operational and line management across the Back on Track team, as delegated by the Clinical Lead.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service.

The post holder works autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

To support the senior team in the expansion of the Back on Track Service from seeing 16% of the population of Hammersmith and Fulham, to seeing 25% of the population, in line with the 5 Year Forward View and NHS Long Term Plan

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information on the job role please see attached Candidate pack.

If you would like to have an informal chat with the team please contact the manager on the below details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counseling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or post graduate training in another core mental health profession (nursing, Occupational therapy) plus l post graduate diploma or higher degree in CBT.
  • Accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist by the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP) or nearing completion of accreditation process.
  • Professional registration with the appropriate Health Professions Council (HPC), if applicable to core professional training.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Postgraduate CBT Diploma.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems 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.
  • Specialist training/experience of CBT demonstrated through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychological therapist or practitioner psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Head of Psychology and psychological therapies.
  • Experience of working within an IAPT service and delivering to agreed service targets (e.g. clinical contact hours, percentage recovery)
  • Experience of supervising cognitive-behavioural therapy interventions.
  • Experience of the application of CBT in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with two distinct psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Experience of supervising both low intensity and high intensity workers within an IAPT service.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of cognitive-behavioural assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS or relevant professional body.
  • Formal training in supervision of other clinical staff.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities or long-term physical health conditions etc).
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.

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