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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
9 months (Fixed Term Contract)
Part time: 18.75 hours per week (All members of IAPT staff work one late shift (12:00 - 20:00) per week)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
IAPT Central Level 5
£38,890 - £44,503 (pro-rata) per annum excl HCAS
Salary period
08/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Band 7 (9 months mat cover)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a large, vibrant well-established IAPT service.  Let’s Talk is a forward thinking and innovative provider of a range of IAPT treatments for common mental health problems.  We have an excellent reputation and are known for our high quality of service delivery and service design.

We serve a diverse patient population in the vibrant multi-cultural and multi-lingual borough of Haringey.  If you have, or would like to gain experience of working within a diverse multi-cultural community, this may be the right position for you.  70% of people living in Haringey speak English; we are particularly interested in recruiting therapists who are fluent in one of the other languages spoken in Haringey such as Turkish.

All staff are required to do one out of hours shift (12-8pm) per week 


Main duties of the job

  1. You will be are an experienced and BABCP accredited CBT Therapist, or a clinical or counselling psychologist with extensive CBT training and experience.
  2. You will be experienced with the IAPT disorder-specific evidence-based treatment protocols.
  3. Ideally you will be conversant with the patient management system IAPTUS
  4. You will have an excellent and demonstrable track record in working in a high pressured and demanding environment.



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.

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.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
  • Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols.
  • Work closely with other members of the team, ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.1.11  Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.1.12  To liaise with other health and social care staff from a range of agencies, in the care provided to clients. 


  • Apply learning from training programmes in practice.
  • Receive supervision to meet the required IAPT standards.
  • Contribute to the teaching and training of mental health professionals and other staff working in the service. 


  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP, BABCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g NHS Plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
  • Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times
  • Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT.
  • Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
  • Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager
  • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD. and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments
  • Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.


  • To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to mental health and primary care services.
  • All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.
  • All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR (2018) and trust security and confidentiality policies.
  • It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

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
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Experience in teaching and liaising with other professionals
  • Experience in establishing diagnoses

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Able to integrate training into practice
Desirable criteria
  • Fluent in languages other than English, in particular common languages in Haringey such as Turkish and Spanish
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Eva Sykorova
Job title
Senior CBT Therapist
Email address
Telephone number
07827 232 435
Additional information

 Sarah Ellard (Co-Team Leader) on 07809 176 333 sarah.ellard@nhs.net

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
020 7288 3306