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Trainee High Intensity Therapist

Job Reference: 816-730

£31,365 to £37,890 pa

NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC provide health and social care services to a population of 158,000. We are a progressive and ambitious organisation that aims to support those living with a mental health illness, their carers and families in the simplest and most effective ways. We are different because we know working with the same methods doesn’t work forever; and we will continue to challenge the way we do things to create the best services that are centred on the people who use them.

Working together across Humber, Coast and Vale


This is an exciting opportunity to join our IAPT team at Open Minds.

This job advert will close on 25/01/21 or as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested. Interviews will take place on 02/02/21


Since 2009 Open minds has also provided the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for North East Lincolnshire. The service provides low and high intensity CBT interventions, EMDR, couples psychotherapy, counselling for depression and Interpersonal therapy. The clinical team consists of High Intensity therapists, Counsellors, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Interpersonal therapists, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and employment advisors.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated individual who would like to train to become High Intensity Therapists. High Intensity Therapists are trained to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions to people with common mental health problems at step three of the Stepped Care model. The post involves studying for a postgraduate diploma for the first year whilst also working as a trainee within the service. We have had a number of trainees recently, so the post holder will be able to access lots of support and advice to enable them to understand the requirements of the course.


The selection process will include a joint interview/selection process between the university and the service. You will be interviewed by the clinical lead, a service user representative and a member of the teaching team at The University of Sheffield. In line with the government’s guidance on social distancing all interviews will be completed remotely. The university will deliver the interviews via the University’s online teaching platform – Blackboard Collaborate.


You will need to be available to start the one year intensive university course from March 2021, and be available to complete your induction within the service a week prior to this. The training takes place at The University of Sheffield. The first two weeks of the course will require you to attend the university full time and after that it will be two days a week. At present Sheffield University are delivering the training remotely and Open Minds are working remotely with all patients. However, both Sheffield University and Open Minds will be responsive to any changes in guidance and restrictions as they develop. Therefore, you must hypothetically be able to travel there and commit to these days of the course. The successful candidate will start on band 6 and rise to band 7 once the course has been completed and we receive official notification of you passing the course.



The potential candidate must either have a BABCP recognised professional background – Core Profession or complete a KSA as an alternative. Core professions include RMN, Social Work, Counselling, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Arts Therapist. A full list of Core Professions can be found in the supplementary information: BABCP core professions.


If you do not have a core profession you must be able to complete a KSA portfolio as an alternative.


Qualified and experienced PWP’s are also encouraged to apply, providing you have at least two years’ experience post qualification. You also must be able to provide evidence that that you have practiced within the career framework of training in mental health and can produce a full and completed KSA Portfolio at interview.Documents can be found in the supplementary information: Sheffield University KSA guidance and BABCP KSA guidance. 

We invite applications from those who fully meet the person specification.

In return, we offer you regular supervision, PDR reviews and mentorship to develop your role.


For further information, an informal discussion and visit please contact Ivi Dragutinovic ( clinical lead) on 01472 625100 or


All positions are subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and medical clearance. Evidence of valid professional registration and appropriate DBS clearances will also be required where relevant. All posts will also be subject to successful completion of a 12 week probationary period.


Please note that all new employees joining NAViGO will be able to contribute to the NHS pension.


This post is classed as exempted for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, even those convictions that are classed as spent must be declared on your application.


We will ensure that all applicants are contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date.


Navigo will keep details of unsuccessful applicants on file for a period of 6 months. Where further positions arise which we believe may be suitable we may contact those applicants with information and to advise of the further vacancy, should they wish to apply. Application at this subsequent stage/position would be voluntary and via open competition. Applicants may opt out of this by informing the recruitment team via NHS Jobs if they do not wish for details to be retained for this purpose.

NAViGO CIC takes its responsibility for the Safeguarding of Children & Adults at risk seriously. Every member of staff must comply with the NAViGO Safeguarding policies.


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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