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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/12/2020.

Trainee High Intensity IAPT

Job Reference: 222-LS-PMS-39

West London NHS Trust
Psychological Medicine Services
£36,070 - £42,712 per annum inc HCAS

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

Site: Ealing IAPT, 84 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, W13 8RA
University: Royal Holloway, University of London
Interview dates: January, 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Start date: March, 2021 (not negotiable)


We are looking to recruit several trainee high intensity therapists in our Ealing IAPT team on a one-year, fixed-term contract. We are seeking to recruit people with either a core profession such as Clinical/ Counselling Psychology, mental health nursing, or social work who have experience of working therapeutically with CBT, or experienced PWPs who would like to make the transition to high intensity therapy. High intensity training will take place Royal Holloway, University of London (Paddington campus) two days per week with trainees being on site in Ealing IAPT three days per week. The 12-month High Intensity course provided by the University is recognised for its high quality and we have a strong track record of successfully supporting our trainees through their studies. You will be studying alongside other colleagues who are also completing the same course and will be guided by our highly knowledgeable and approachable supervisors. In addition, you will receive support to further develop your skills and career with access to a range of CPD opportunities.

Ealing IAPT was one of the first IAPT services to launch in 2008 and is one of the three services provided by West London NHS Trust. We are a large team of over 70 members of staff and look to expand further. Our main base is in Ealing where we have access to over 16 clinic rooms and two open plan offices. In addition to this, we run clinics at GP surgeries across the borough, covering areas such as Southall, Acton, and Chiswick. The service is well-established and many of our staff have been with us since the beginning.

Clinical and line management supervision is part of our success, and as a trainee high intensity therapist you will benefit from weekly clinical supervision, monthly line management supervision, and monthly step 3 clinical skills. We have a dedicated team of supervisors who have graduated from the programme and are passionate about supporting trainees in their development. In addition to this, we operate a duty system on a daily basis with daily debrief to make sure that all new assessments are discussed promptly.

Ealing IAPT is passionate about offering a great quality therapy to our patients and we are very proud to be able to consistently offer all the IAPT-approved therapies, such as EMDR, DIT, IPT, BCT, and CfD,. To that effect, we are committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of our staff and training in additional IAPT modalities is highly encouraged. We have close links with our neighboring services (H&F and Hounslow) and share our CPD events with them, providing an opportunity to link up with our colleagues across the Trust. Over the last year, our staff have attended in-house training in complex PTSD, LTC, OCD, perinatal, and many others.

In addition to the standard talking therapies, our service is one of only two IAPT services in London that offer an exercise group for our patients (Running to Better Health), which is consistently achieving high recovery rates and is highly regarded. The management team at Ealing IAPT is committed to staff wellbeing and we have recently commissioned a QI project on staff wellbeing, led by staff across the different staff groups within the team. To that effect, Ealing IAPT recently won team of the month (February 2020) in the Trust. We are passionate about engaging all groups of our community, and as such, we operate evening clinics (up until 8pm) Monday – Thursday. The post holder will be required to work one evening shift a week (12-8pm).

We think Ealing IAPT would be an ideal place for you to train as a high intensity therapist and continue your career as a high intensity CBT practitioner. For more information about our service, please visit our website.

Please note that these training positions are open to healthcare professionals with a BABCP-recognised core professional qualification, including:

  • mental health nursing
  • clinical or counselling psychology
  • medicine
  • social work
  • occupational therapy
  • counselling
  • psychotherapy/psychotherapeutic counselling
  • teacher of special education / needs
  • probation services

If you don’t have a core profession, you may be able to secure a trainee role by demonstrating your competency via a portfolio of evidence, which meets the criteria of the Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of the BABCP.

Psychological Wellbeing practitioners (PWPs) are eligible to apply for high intensity therapist training when they have completed a minimum of two years of continuous employment as a PWP and passing all PWP course requirements. The only exception to this two-year r

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

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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