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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/03/2021.

CBT Trainee

Job Reference: 354-PC-20127

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Woodside, Hellingly
£31,365 - £37,890

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Sussex Partnership is an equal opportunities employer, with a sincere commitment to our people’s health and emotional wellbeing and as such, we have signed the Time to Change pledge and provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition, our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black and Minority Ethnic and Disabled communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

The Trust is committed to providing opportunities for flexible working.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

Trainee CBT Therapist

Led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, ‘Health in Mind’ and ‘Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service’ provide a community-based range of evidence based therapeutic and clinical interventions to support adults with mild to moderate mental health needs. Based in the community and located primarily within SPFT venues and GP Practices, our service provides Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) at Step 2 and Step 3. We receive referrals from a number of routes including self-referrals and by General Practitioners.

‘Health in Mind’ (East Sussex) and ‘Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service’ (Brighton, Hove & surrounding areas) are working in partnership to recruit to our cohort of trainee CBT Therapist positions, to start in September 2021. Please note that you will be expected to attend lectures in person in Brighton, as well as working on-site in one of our services.

As a Trainee Cognitive Behaviour Therapist you will form a key part of our established team, providing assessment and treatment to individuals referred to our service. A priority of your role will be to balance working within the service and seeing clients, alongside studying at the University of Sussex to work towards attaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies. Good organisation and communication skills are essential in managing a packed and intensive training year.


A successful candidate for the position of Trainee CBT Therapist within our IAPT services is:

  • A clinician with a core profession (please see the attached ‘BABCP Core Professions’ doc.) – This is an essential criterion for the position
  • Someone with significant experience working within mental health settings
  • In a position to commit fully to the intense 1-year course, considering any factors that could impact on your ability to complete the training

It is also desirable to have:

  • A willingness to learn and embrace feedback from peers and supervisors within the service and University
  • Some understanding of IAPT services and how we interact with the community

What can we offer you?

As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

As a trainee CBT Therapist, we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to work in a highly successful service and be an integral part of our current service expansion
  • Access to numerous wellbeing and support programmes, run by our internal wellbeing team
  • High quality supervision both within your service and with the University
  • All the autonomy and responsibility you need to manage your caseload
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • A position within a trust rated as ‘Outstanding’ for caring and ‘Good’ overall by the CQC
  • The opportunity to progress into a substantive Band 7 role upon successful completion of the course and achieving BABCP Provisional accreditation.

The Services

Health in Mind:

Spanning the beautiful county of East Sussex, Health in Mind is split in to 3 areas:

  • Peacehaven, Newhaven, Lewes and High Weald
  • Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford
  • Hastings, Bexhill and Rural Rother

From the popular seaside destinations of Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne, to the culture-rich historic towns of Lewes and Battle, to the sweeping countryside locations within rural Rother and Wealden, East Sussex has so much to offer. As a result, Health in Mind will provide you with diverse and interesting opportunities to gain experience in a variety of settings and environments.

If a rare partnership of working for a successful and expanding service, within beautiful locations, sounds like the right opportunity for you then we strongly encourage you to apply!

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing:

Regularly taking the top spot(s) in many ‘best place to live’ surveys, Brighton and Hove offers a relaxed seaside atmosphere with a huge array of shops and entertainment to keep you busy. Whether you enjoy a spot of retail therapy, or a stroll along a beautiful coastline, you will find yourself well catered for. With trains direct to London taking only 1 hour and the south downs national park on your doorstep, we really do have the best of both worlds.

If you want to join an innovative and exciting IAPT service in the vibrant and diverse seaside City of Brighton & Hove, then we would love to hear from you!

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the links in the right-hand column.

We ask you to check the job description and the core profession criteria carefully before applying. If you cannot find the information you require, you can contact us on the following email addresses.

Please be aware due to the high volume of emails we receive, we unfortunately cannot answer questions that are related to your eligibility for the course. We ask you to complete your own research using the information provided with this advert.

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing – Tara Cox –

Health in Mind – Matt Beaton –


Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognise abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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We welcome and appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

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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