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CBT Therapist /Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Band 7

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CBT Therapist (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist)/Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
Band 7
Permanent: & Part time available
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (All IAPT staff work one out of hours shift per week (12:00 - 20:00)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
IAPT Central Level 5
£45,024 - £50,806 per annum / pro rata including Outer London HCAS
Salary period
31/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

This is a role within the Haringey’s well established Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT).  We offer high quality therapies to our service users, in an environment that is supportive for our staff.  We subscribe to the BABCP Positive Practice guide.

The post-holder will work within the Haringey Let’s Talk IAPT service providing evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to clients with a range of common mental health problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

We are looking for a diverse workforce so we particularly welcome staff members who are able to speak and work in languages that reflect the diverse communities in our borough.

There will be a mixture of remote and office-based work.  All staff are required to work part of the week in any of the locations around the Borough of Haringey and there is an opportunity to work part of the week from home

Main duties of the job

This job description and person specification covers two different CBT Therapy roles: Core CBT Therapist and Long-Term Conditions (LTC) CBT Therapist.  The items in the person specification are the same for both roles.  All clinicians routinely treat patients with long term conditions, but our LTC clinicians will receive specific training in evidence-based CBT for LTC and will primarily have a caseload of LTC patients (currently: diabetes, COPD, MSK chronic pain, cancer and Coronary heart disease).

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

You are encouraged to apply, whether you are interested in the core service or the LTC service. Preference can be discussed at the interview stage and at offer stage with successful applicants.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
  • Assess clients for suitability for CBT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for the IAPT service, to refer to manager/supervisor for advice on how to manage the case
  • Contribute to diagnostic decisions and advise on the suitability of new referrals, adhering to the department’s referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
  • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Completed a PG Diploma in CBT or in High Intensity (IAPT Pathway) and be accredited with the BABCP or a registered doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology, with PG level training in CBT with BABCP accreditation

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training in, and carried out, risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
Desirable criteria
  • Experience supervising other CBT clinicians.

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Experience of providing evidence based psychological interventions (in particular CBT)
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Demonstrates an understanding (and formal training) of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Experience in teaching and liaising with other professionals
  • Experience in establishing diagnoses
  • Experience in using IAPTUS
  • Experience of working in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
Desirable criteria
  • Fluent in languages other than English, in particular common languages in Haringey such as Turkish and Spanish
  • Able to integrate training into practice
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Catherine Simpson
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Senior CBT Therapist
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