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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (All Haringey IAPT staff work one late session (12:00 to 20:00) per week)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
IAPT Central Level 5
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum excl HCAS
Salary period
09/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Band 7

This is a role within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT). The post-holder will work within the Haringey IAPT service, providing high intensity interventions. The post holder will provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of common mental health problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective



Main duties of the job

CBT Therapy in the context of a local IAPT service in Haringey, an ethnically diverse London.

The post holder will provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of common mental health problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective




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 advice 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 process1.12  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 Clinical 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 C.P.D. 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 Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Current registration with the Health Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist
Desirable criteria
  • Post-graduate doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts


Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric tests), intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health, including challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with 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


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health


Essential criteria
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of 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
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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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Catherine Simpson
Job title
Senior CBT Therapist
Email address
Telephone number
07768 486 036

If you have problems applying, contact

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