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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/06/2020.

High Intensity Therapist

Job Reference: 263-NC19-128-D

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
Lillyhall / Birnhamwood (Carlisle)
£38,890 to £44,503 per annum

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We are an ambitious organisation aiming to improve the wellbeing of everyone we serve through delivering services that match the best in the world.

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

First Step is the IAPT service for the North of Cumbria and covers a number of towns and cities in addition to the Lake District, Eden Valley and parts of the Yorkshire Dales. First Step is an exciting and dynamic service within which to work and is popular with both Cumbrian GPs and also the wider Cumbrian community.

We have posts throughout North Cumbria.

First Step is dedicated to the delivery of evidence-based therapies for individuals with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders in line with best practice and clinical guidelines. The service is comprised of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, High Intensity Practitioners, Counsellors and Employment Advisors. All of these practitioners work together to try and ensure that we provide effective and compassionate interventions as rapidly as possible to patients who access our service. We have a group of ex-patients who work with us to improve the service and help design and implement new developments led by an ex-patient who has been with the service since its inception.

We believe strongly in the ethos behind the IAPT programme. We have an excellent recovery rate and this is due to the skills of staff, a robust supervision structure and a high quality training programme for each modality.

We welcome applications from candidates who have successfully completed an IAPT-approved CBT High Intensity Practitioner training programme and are accredited with the BABCP (or have provisional accreditation & working towards full accreditation).

N.B. Practitioners without BABCP accreditation but meeting all other essential criteria may be considered for band 6 post & on obtaining provisional/full accreditation with BABCP band would be increased to that of band 7.

All applicants please see person specification for further post requirements.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Karen Goldie - Team Manager


All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

You will also be encouraged to complete your Mandatory training via E-learning before you commence into post.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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