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High Intensity Therapist/ CBT Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Psychological Well-being Service (PWS) is looking to recruit qualified High Intensity Therapists (HITs) across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough counties. These positions are also open to suitably qualified individuals seeking developmental opportunities at Band 6. These may include candidates who are looking to get an IAPT recognised modality, including Counselling for Depression (CfD), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Behavioural Couples Counselling or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).

We would consider BACP/ NCS or UKCP accredited counsellors who may need additional training in these IAPT modalities. Alternatively, the post holder may be a 'practitioner psychologist' with a protected title of clinical or counselling psychologist and registered with the HCPC.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the service to ensure that national guidelines are adhered to, targets are achieved and that the clinical governance arrangements are in place.

They will provide evidence based psychological interventions to patients at step 3 across all sectors of care, providing 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 under supervision within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

The post holder is required to have professional accreditation with BABCP or should be eligible for accreditation with this professional body and actively undertaking the process of applying for accreditation. This would be expected within 3-6 months of starting in post.

The PWS is currently operating a hybrid working pattern. This means 80% of the work is done remotely and 20% is in-person. However, this is subject to review according to service need and Trust's directive at any given time.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

  • Provide high intensity interventions for patients referred to the service. This will involve the use of NICE evidence based psychological interventions and may involve both individual and group work, using face to face contact, telephone, and other mediums as appropriate.
  • To be able to formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients and adhere to all clinical policies and procedures.
  • To ensure treatment delivery remains accessible, convenient and with minimal waiting times as agreed by senior clinicians and managers.
  • Attend appropriate clinical supervision groups, as agreed by professional and line manage
  • To undertake risk assessment and develop risk management plans for clients.
  • To provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures, including work with clients deemed as vulnerable adults.
  • To produce reports on clients in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory agencies as appropriate.
  • All staff working within PWS services will be expected to comply with local and national professional standards

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate diploma or equivalent qualification in therapy modality (High Intensity Therapy/CBT) OR Qualification in other IAPT modality
  • Accreditation or eligibility for accreditation with professional body
  • BABCP accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a high intensity therapist/ psychological therapist
  • Ability to meet agreed/ specified service targets
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations
  • Experience of working in primary care services/ IAPT service
  • Supervision experience
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Can deliver evidence based high intensity interventions
  • Can deliver other NICE recommended CBT models
Other Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective team working with clients
  • Ability to promote psychological models with patients, carers and staff in an understandable clearly outlining goals and potential outcomes

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