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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/05/2021.

Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Job Reference: 378-B1075

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 15P Improving Access to Psychological Therapy - 226400
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.

Applications are invited from qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychological Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers to apply for the one-year full-time IAPT post graduate diploma courses based Greater Manchester University. This post is funded by additional national money from NHS England and has been ringfenced to expand IAPT services and is only applicable to staff who have one of the above Core Professions and currently work outside of the current IAPT provision.

You will commence on Band 6 and be expected to take up the first available training place and successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (IAPT). This is a development post and on successfully completing the course you will automatically transfer to a permanent Band 7 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist post.

The extension to your contract is conditional upon you successfully achieving the IAPT Qualification. Should you be excluded from the IAPT course or fail in part or fail any of the required module(s), allowing for one re-sit only you will be served with the appropriate statutory notice to place you at risk to find alternative employment within the trust in line with your core profession.


The posts will be within the Barnsley IAPT Team which is part of the Barnsley Business Delivery Unit of SWYPFT. The post will entail aspects of delivering psychological assessment, formulation and treatment for clients across Primary Care as part of the IAPT programme. It will also include working alongside colleagues in Secondary Services to enable the delivery of high quality Psychological Services across Barnsley


Based within the Barnsley IAPT Team, the selected candidate will provide a service which also includes direct patient work. This will include the supervision of more junior psychological staff along with teaching and training as required. The post holder will be expected to contribute fully to audit, evaluation and research initiatives in keeping with the post and the IAPT initiative.


The post holder will be professionally supported within the Psychological Health Care structure, which will compromise a large multi-disciplinary team of clinicians of different disciplines. The personal and professional development of the successful applicant is encouraged through a programme of staff development reviews. The Trust particularly welcomes applicants interested in all aspects of Clinical Governance.


Requirements of CBT course


Attend University two days per week whilst working the other three days as a therapist within a busy IAPT team, managing own caseload.


Attend weekly group supervision at the University and at Barnsley IAPT. Supervision involves regularly watching tapes of therapy sessions so recording of clinical practice and willingness to work through issues that are raised/reflect on own practice/take direction in group supervision is imperative.


Completion of a portfolio of CBT clinical practice over the year including clinical practice log, supervision logs, case studies, reflections on live practice and a reflective log.


The course consists of three modules. Each module requires attendance at all teaching sessions and competency within each module is closely assessed and must be passed. Fundamentals of CBT – 60 minutes OSCE, case based literature review, formulation case study and evidence held within practice portfolio. CBT for depression – treatment case study, CTSR of taped session and evidence contained within practice portfolio. CBT for anxiety - treatment case study, CTSR of taped session and evidence contained within practice portfolio. Linked to each module is the requirement to complete and pass an assessment of a live CBT session and a case study.


All assessed work must be passed. Failure to pass will result in failing the course and termination of employment. Academic work is assessed at post-graduate level and the expectation is that any applicant can evidence ability to work at this level. Clinical work is also monitored and closely assessed using a strict marking criteria.


All academic work and course related reading must be completed in personal time. This roughly equates to twenty hours per week self-directed study.


The training element of this role if highly challenging and requires the individual to have the capacity to learn new ways of working which can be conflicting with pre-existing professional skill-set. In addition to learning new skills it is imperative the individual shows the ability and willingness to deliver treatment for anxiety/mood disorders whilst training and, at times, before that module has been covered explicitly at University so adaptability, self-motivation and ability to learn quickly through supervision is imperative.


As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time and flexible working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644072.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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