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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/08/2020.

Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Job Reference: 267-BM2524303

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Mental Health
Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Would you like to train to be an NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapist? Healthy Minds Bucks, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) is expanding and has opportunities for Trainee CBT Therapists to join our team. You will have a core mental health profession, for example mental health nurse, social worker or occupational therapist. Applicants who do not have a core professional qualification as defined by the BABCP are required to provide evidence of knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) competences (details below).

Buckinghamshire Healthy Minds is a nationally recognised, high-performing and innovative IAPT service supporting around 10,000 adults every year to manage their common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. You will be trained to deliver effective, evidence-based psychological therapies either in person (post covid-19 restrictions), by telephone, online, via digital platforms either individually or in groups. Our service has over 170 staff including PWPs, High Intensity Therapists, referral coordinators, employment advisors, managers and administrators.

Our main bases are located centrally in High Wycombe in the south and Aylesbury in the north of the county. We run clinics from a variety of community venues across Buckinghamshire. The service is expanding and we have opportunities for trainee CBT therapists in both High Wycombe and Aylesbury. There are separate adverts for the posts in each base, if you wish to be considered for both locations, you only need to apply once. Please make it clear in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for posts in either base.

Staff wellbeing is a top priority for us. We have a very active, award winning, wellbeing team within the service and work hard to ensure that a supportive, collaborative and productive culture is in place. CBT therapists at Healthy Minds receive weekly clinical supervision, both individually and in groups; a monthly clinical skills forum meeting; opportunities for ongoing training in addition to regular Line Management. There is a wealth of opportunities for career development.

We’re looking for people who are compassionate, work well in a team, have plenty of enthusiasm and motivation. You will need experience of working in a mental health setting and excellent written and verbal communication skills. If you think you have the qualities we’re looking for, we look forward to hearing from you.

In return, we offer you a thorough training in CBT based at the University of Reading (UoR), clinical experience through Healthy Minds, and a supportive supervisor team at both University and on placement, throughout your training. The training programme is scheduled to start in January 2021 and ideally people will start work with the service in December to complete induction. and other duties.

You will have an understanding and experience of cognitive behaviour therapy and wish to complete a BABCP accredited training in CBT. The training prepares you to meet BABCP accreditation requirements in order to work in IAPT services. This is an excellent, but demanding course and candidates are expected to complete all its requirements within 12 months of starting the training.

You will attend the UoR Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Treatments (IAPT pathway) for two days a week from January 2021. You will receive clinical supervision (CBT) from the UoR and Healthy Minds BABCP accredited clinicians, as well as managerial supervision in service.

Please note: for those applicants who already hold a psychological therapist qualification (e.g. clinical, counselling or health psychologists) these posts will be a Band 7 during and post training. For all other applicants, the post will be a Band 6 during training, moving to a Band 7 once the training course has been passed.

Following completion of the course, moving to a qualified Band 7 post will be contingent on meeting a number of strict criteria related to the roles and performance of a CBT therapist. These will be regularly assessed over the first 6 months post qualification and all of these need to be fulfilled in order to meet the full requirements of a CBT therapist.

PWP’s are eligible to apply when they have completed a minimum of 2 years of employment as a PWP after passing all PWP course requirements at internal exam board. The only exception to this 2 year rule is if a PWP holds a previous core professional qualification recognised by the BABCP.

If you are applying through the KSA route, you must bring a completed KSA portfolio with you to the interview to be assessed.

Oxford Health NHS FT has a strong track record for supporting the development of psychological therapy services. The Trust has two IAPT services, a range of specialist psychological therapy services and employs over 300 psychological therapists. The Trust hosts the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology. Healthy Minds is actively involved in research, participating in local and national studies. The service benefits from being a member of the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network – Anxiety and Depression Network led by Professor David Clark.

How to Apply:

Use your Supporting Information statement to show us how you meet the criteria in the “Person Specification” table at the bottom of the job description. You must structure your statement by listing and answering all the criteria from the person specification, in the order it appears in the table. Failure to do this may result in your application being rejected.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a digital interview via Microsoft Teams during the week of 24th-28th August 2020.

Please note we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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.

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