Principal CAT Therapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year Per annum | Pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced & innovative CAT Therapist?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone like you to join our service as a Principal CAT Therapist. This is a key role in the continuing development of psychological therapies within the integrated Adult Mental Health Teams (AMHTs) in Oxfordshire.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic CAT therapist wanting to make a difference to patients with long term mental health problems. We would really like to hear from you if you can demonstrate you have the following skills required for this role:
  • Experience of leadership and Management of therapy staff
  • Significant knowledge in your specialist therapy area
  • A good working knowledge of effective treatments
  • Sound clinical risk assessment and management
  • Experience of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Substantive experience of supervision with other CAT Therapists

About us

We offer great CPD and training opportunities and have excellent links with the Oxford Centre for Psychological Health and Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training, which is hosted by the Trust. We actively encourage innovation and research with opportunities for collaborations with the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry. We also collaborate with Oxford Brookes University, Buckinghamshire New University, and the University of Bath.

We provide excellent opportunities for professional development to help you consolidate your therapy skills in a focused and supported way, monthly opportunities to meet psychological therapy colleagues from across the county for reflective practice groups and clinical updates.

This is a part time vacancy 18.75 hours per week, alternative arrangements can be discussed for the suitable candidate.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work together with the Locality lead to ensure we provide the best psychological therapy care for our patients. You will help develop and make improvements to our service especially in the south locality and more widely for the CAT Therapy provision across the county.

You will be a key member of staff, supporting other psychological therapy staff working in the locality. You will be working as part of a supportive and friendly adult mental health team in south Oxfordshire, helping their staff work in a more informed psychological way, by providing advice for the care of their patients and how psychological therapy can help.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • To have undertaken a recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions e.g. psychiatric nursing, psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy or to have other extensive relevant experience and demonstrable competence to work in the mental health field in the NHS and Successful completion of Qualification to masters or doctoral level or equivalent in Cognitive Analytical Therapy
  • Maintenance of ACAT accreditation
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications or experience in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Qualifications / training in clinical supervision
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, day services and in patient settings.
  • Experience of running / co-running groups
  • Experience of supervising others.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups 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 threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with people with severe and/or complex mental health difficulties. This includes maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse. Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of the application of psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working in the NHS
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological 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.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by professional and accrediting bodies.
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with people with severe and/or complex mental health difficulties

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