Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with Lead role

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc pro rata
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Do you have excellent clinical skills, substantial supervision and management experience and have led a development or clinical area, in an NHS Talking Therapies service? Hillingdon NHS Talking Therapies is looking for an innovative and experienced Senior High Intensity Therapist (CBT, accredited Counsellor or Clinical Psychologist to join the team in a leadership role, working 4 days a week. The role requires flexibility to lead across a range of roles and responsibilities within the management team as appointments are not for permanently fixed areas of provision and can change over time. Applicants should be creative, innovative, enthusiastic and committed to developing staff and to staff wellbeing. Applicants with experience in leading other service areas, including Long Term Conditions / Covid, perinatal, young adults and groups, or providing specialist clinical input or supervision, will be welcomed, as will those from diverse backgrounds and communities.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

Applicants should work currently in a Talking Therapies service and have extensive post-qualification clinical and supervisory experience including managing complex client presentations, risk and safeguarding. Our service is clinically focussed and supports all staff to develop skills and competencies to provide a high quality therapies service. Training and development are emphasised, and staff wellbeing and team working are given high priority.

The postholder will provide clinical supervision and line management to training and qualified staff at steps 2 and 3, undertake recruitment, oversee staff wellbeing initiatives and support staff through reflective practice and compassionate leadership. In turn, the postholder will be supported in their own development and have opportunities to innovate and lead.

The postholder will be expected to participate in extended hours clinics run by the service from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, to provide senior cover as well offer extended hours assessments and treatments to clients across the team bases and other sites as appropriate.

About us

Flexible working arrangements currently require site working at our main hub in central Uxbridge two days a week, the remainder home/remote working. This may change in response to increased patient and service demand for face to face therapy, supervision and for team cohesion and wellbeing with a potential to increase site presence.

The team is a friendly, well established, dynamic and innovative service, and is responsible for the provision of Low Intensity and High Intensity (CBT and Counselling) therapies. We offer a range of relational modalities within the service, while working to the NHSE National programme. We have a vibrant outreach programme and are committed to reaching wider groups and communities in our borough.

Applicants must have good knowledge of the IAPT programme and preferably experience of IAPTus, and have demonstrated high standards of communication skills, problem solving and have developed good professional working relationships with staff, patients, partners and the general public.

We are looking for applicants with enthusiasm for working within IAPT services and who are interested in contributing to further development of the IAPT provision, in service expansion in line with the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, who embrace the agenda for parity of physical and mental health and who are committed to providing an inclusive service for the local population.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post is for a Senior Clinician with a Lead role and responsibility for managing an area or service within the Hillingdon NHS Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression. The postholder will hold, and maintain, individual accreditation to deliver psychological therapy within their modality of training, provide specialist support and supervise and develop trainees and qualified staff within the service. The postholder will also carry a clinical caseload including complex cases and support staff through the duty system to identify and manage risk, with decision-taking and to triage and manage referrals into the service. The postholder will support clinical staff through training and provide clinical supervision and line management to training and qualified staff at steps 2 and 3.

The postholder will be required to take up key management roles and responsibilities as required by the service and across areas of provision, including LTC-Covid, Perinatal, Step 2, Outreach and S2 Operational management, depending on service need for flexibility within the management team and to support other Lead postholders where necessary. The postholder will support the management team and the Clinical Lead in their roles and work within the framework of NHS Talking Therapies national requirements. The postholder will provide advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers; will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust and Services policies and procedures. The postholder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service.

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Person Specification Training and qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS, or Doctoral level training in Counselling Psychology (or equivalent - masters level plus completed post qualification training).
  • HCPC registration, if a practitioner psychologist
  • Post-qualification training in Cognitive Behavioural Treatment (CBT)
  • Applicant must be fully accredited with the BABCP
  • Accredited High Intensity Counsellor or Psychotherapist on the Accredited Counsellor register of the Professional Standards Authority AND Accredited in an IAPT modality CfD, DIT, Couple Therapy for Depression, BCT or IPT
  • Completed IAPT training as a PWP supervisor, if CBT qualified
  • Completed IAPT training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Post-qualification training in specialized areas of step 3 provision e.g working in perinatal mental health, with long-term medical conditions or with older adults
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post-qualification clinical experience of working in an IAPT service with adults , providing NICE compliant therapies
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of physical and mental health conditions and across 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.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary working within the NHS in adult mental health
  • Currently working in an IAPT service
  • Experience of operational management and service development of the Step 2 PWP provision within an IAPT service.
  • Experience of providing duty cover for the IAPT service.
  • Experience of recruitment, line management and clinical teaching and supervision, to trainee and qualified PWPs
  • Experience of working in adult mental health services.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical or counselling psychologist / HI CBT Therapist, or meeting the CPD requirements for ongoing accreditation with the relevant professional body, or an alternative agreed by the Chief Psychologist.
  • Experience of supervising qualified IAPT clinicians within a clinical mental health service.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision of staff from a range of clinical backgrounds.
  • Experience of local signposting to external services
  • Experience of managing clinical risk, including domestic abuse and adult and child safeguarding.
  • Experience of organizing services to meet commissioning targets and operational objectives.
  • Experience of the application of CBT or Counselling to different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of carrying out psychometric assessments
  • Experience of working with people with long-term physical health conditions.
  • Experience of working in peri-natal mental health.
  • Experience of working with older adults.
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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BABCP.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Post-Qualification practice of, and skills in, CBT and full BABCP accreditation as a CBT Therapist
  • Post-Qualification practice of, and skills in, Counselling and full PSA accreditation as a Counsellor and in an IAPT modality
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists and IAPT practitioners.
  • Proven ability in carrying out clinical audits
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities 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
  • Experience of leading and carrying out research projects and interpreting data using statistical analyses.
Other Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

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