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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/07/2020.

IAPT Trainee High Intensity Psychological Therapist

Job Reference: 798-0184H

Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services
Let's Talk Herefordshire
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

As of 1st April 2020 Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services will be transferring to Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. This change will be reflected in any correspondence you receive relating to an offer of employment.

We serve a population of 189,000 spread across 850 square miles of Herefordshire. We offer a wide range of in-patient and community mental health services covering all ages including Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Perinatal, Working Age and Older People Services. In the most recent CQC inspection the organisation retained its overall rating of good amongst which several services were rated as outstanding.

Herefordshire Mental Health & Learning Disability services employ approximately 400 staff currently.

Recent service developments have included perinatal mental health, personality disorder/complex trauma, liaison & diversion services and Individual Placement and Support Services. We are an innovative forward looking organisation keen to work with people in our aim to improve outcomes for people with mental health and learning disabilities of all ages.

This vacancy is only open to candidates who have been successful in the Pg Dip CBT Course academic screening process with the University of Birmingham and who have a prior agreement in writing for a clinical placement with the Let’s Talk Herefordshire IAPT service, if successful.

The Let’s Talk Herefordshire (IAPT) Service is passionate about improving access to psychological therapies for the population it serves. We offer NICE compliant treatment to patients experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders.

We are a busy and expanding IAPT service, the team comprises of Clinical Lead, Team Manager, HI Psychological Therapists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Trainees. The Service provides evidenced-based psychological interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other IAPT approved therapies.

As part of the West Midlands HEE funding programme, the opportunity is available at short notice for Trainee posts with the Pg Dip HIPI - please note this is only open to candidates who have been successful in the recruitment process for the Pg Dip CBT at the University of Birmingham, and have confirmed a clinical placement with Let’s Talk Herefordshire

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and skilled individuals who will join our team as a Trainee High Intensity Psychological CBT therapist. The role will require you to undertake an intensive, one year Pg Dip High Intensity Psychological Therapy at the University of Birmingham. You will need to attend university as required, commencing in September 2020, and attending an average of 2 days per week at University and the further 3 days each week spent in the IAPT Let’s Talk service in Herefordshire, providing High Intensity CBT Interventions in accordance with NICE guidance. Within the workload, provision is made for Trainees to receive weekly clinical supervision in the workplace and at University to develop your clinical skills. Travel expenses are provided to support attendance from Base to University. Upon successful completion and qualification on the Course this role is a permanent Band 7 post.

Successful candidates will have either a recognised core professional training qualification, or will be able to provide evidence that that they have practiced within the career framework of training in mental health and can confirm that they meet the full criteria for the KSA Portfolio at interview. Information of relevant core professions, KSA documents and guidance can be found on the BABCP site under: Accreditation / CBP.

Please note that in accordance with national Guidance. PWPs cannot be recruited as HI IAPT trainees until 2 years post PWP qualification. These 2 years of practice commence only at the date of confirmation of the full PWP qualification by the University, not at the end of the teaching timetable. This standard in monitored nationally by the BABCP.

This post is a development role automatically leading to a permanent Band 7 HI Intensity Psychological Therapist role for those who successfully pass the Course assessments and qualifications.

You may be expected to be able to travel and work across the county and work outside of 9-5 hours in line with service opening hours.

The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

For further details contact: Rachael Wall or Phill Morgan-Henshaw on 01432 842200.

Closing date: 12 noon 3rd July 2020 Interview date: 6th July 2020.


Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all new appointments to theTrust are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, we will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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