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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 10/03/2021.

IAPT High Intensity Therapist

Job Reference: 263-NC21-027-SF

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
North Cumbria, North Cumbria
£38,890 - £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.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

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, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

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.

Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust has been rated as an Outstanding Trust by the Care Quality Commission. First Step provides a high quality and effective service to patients within North Cumbria and is continuously improving and developing. We are proud of our clinical outcomes which are reflected in our recovery rates.

The service is clinically led by Dr Richard Thwaites who is well known for his CBT research into self-reflection/self -practice. Richard takes an active role in the service alongside his other commitments with the regional IAPT Team and as Editor-in-Chief of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist journal.

As a service, we have a highly skilled and dedicated team, which strives to maintain fidelity to the IAPT model and provide psychological therapies in line with NICE guidance and according to the IPAT manual e.g.:

  • Supervision is highly valued within the service, and High Intensity Practitioners receive weekly supervision.
  • There is a highly valued integrated Employment Advisor service working alongside clinicians.
  • As a service we regularly participate in relevant research programmes and staff are encouraged to be part of this (staff burnout, Self-Practice Self-Reflection).

Key service decisions are made at monthly Clinical Governance meetings which involve staff from all different areas of the team as well as patient experience representation.

Staff are invited to take on “champions” roles in key areas within the service e.g. Equality and Diversity; Risk; Older Adults; LD.

Training has been available for staff to develop skills in additional modalities e.g. EMDR; IPT; Counselling for Depression.

The service works hard to understand the diversity within the local population and has embarked on several initiatives to ensure equity for staff and population

Patient experience feedback is routinely sought and influences decision making around service development. Of those patients who have completed treatment within our service, and have responded to the patient experience feedback questionnaire, over 96% provide highly positive feedback on their experience of the service.

Cumbria is England’s most North Westerly county and home to some of England’s most striking landscapes, from high peaks to rugged coastline. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and contains 2 UNESCO heritage sites (The Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall). Cumbria is rapidly increasing in popularity as an area for relocation in order to achieve the lifestyle that many people desire. An active lifestyle is easily accessible including fell walking, road cycling and mountain biking, mountaineering, wild swimming, sailing and water sports. It is also an ideal location for hobbies involving photography and wildlife. The county has a rural nature; however town centres tend to have a good mix of local and national shops, complemented by regular farmers markets.

As a service we are currently offering a combination of face-to-face and remote working (telephone consultation and video consultation delivered either from one of our office bases or via home working), which offers an opportunity for improved work / life balance. We anticipate that this will be the case in the future.

We are one of the few IAPT services that provides our patients the opportunity to access evidence-based treatment in three streams: HI, PWP, Counselling.


We would consider suggestions of any reasonable working plan to balance service requirements and individual preference


Successful applicants may be eligible for Relocation expenses.


The service is commissioned to provide therapy between 8am and 8pm 7 days per week


For further information please contact:

Karen Goldie Team Leader West Cumbria on 07870 366850 or Vicky Rooney Team Leader East Cumbria 07795 343627


The following people would be available if your query is around the topics below:


Clinical leadership:

Dr Richard Thwaites, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Accredited CBT Psychotherapist -


Briony Guy, Senior Psychotherapist –


Moving to Cumbria to work as a High Intensity Practitioner:

Tracie Longstaff, High Intensity Therapist -


Carla Quan-Soon, High Intensity Therapist East Cumbria

Chris Whitby, High Intensity Therapist West Cumbria

Emma Turnbull, High Intensity Therapist West Cumbria -


Working flexibly - Combination of working remotely and in base:

Claire Sowerby, Team Leader First Step West Cumbria –




For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Karen Goldie

Job title: Team Leader First Step

Email address:

Telephone number: 07870 366850

Additional contact information

Vicky Rooney, Team Leader


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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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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