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Trainee High Intensity Therapist

Job Reference: 816-730

£32,306 to £45,839 pa

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

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 between the University of Hull and the service provider, Open Minds. Interviews will be conducted by the clinical lead, a service user representative and a member of the teaching team at The University of Hull. In line with the government’s guidance on social distancing all interviews will be completed remotely.


HIT IAPT recruitment requirement

  • Candidates must have a first degree in an allied discipline (usually Psychology) in order to be considered.
  • Candidates from a PWP background must have been qualified as a PWP for more thantwo years by the course start datein order to meet national expectations.
  • Candidates are unable to progress through the recruitment process if they are already registered on a Health Education England (HEE) funded programme.


  • Candidates must either meet one of the following BABCP core mental health profession requirements OR complete a KSA (see below):


- Arts Therapists – HCPC Registered


- Counselling – Accredited with the BACP, IACP, COSCA, or FDAP (NCAC), or Registered Member CPC


- Medicine – Psychiatrist or General Practitioner, MBChB or MBBS, and usually PG training with membership of MRCGP, MRCP or MRCPsych


- Occupational Therapy – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy, or Dip C.O.T and HCPC Registered


- Probation Services – DipPS


- Psychology – 1st degree plus a post-graduate qualification (MSc or Doctorate) in an applied area such as clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health psychology. HCPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC registration alone insufficient)


- Psychotherapy / Psychotherapeutic Counselling with UKCP Registration


- Registered Nurse – Mental Health (RMN), or Learning Disability (General nursing and Enrolled nursing is insufficient)


- Social Work – CQSW, DipSW or BA/BSc Hons Social Work


- Teacher of Special Education / Needs – CertEd, B.Ed, or BA/BSc with PGCE, plus additional specialist training in Special Education, with additional counselling / psychotherapy training


  • Applicants who hold a core profession will need to provide evidence of this at the interview.
  • Applicants who do not have a core profession must complete a KSA portfolio by the end of the course.A partially completed portfolioshould be presented at interview with statements included for all sections. Supporting evidence and signatures will not be required at interview.
  • The partially completed KSA portfolio should be made available to the university prior to the interview and the successful applicant will receive feedback to assist with the portfolio completion after interview.
  • Candidates will be eligible to apply for BABCP provisional practitioner accreditation 12 months after meeting all of the KSA requirements.
  • A Link for further details regarding KSA can be found in the attached additional information document


The 12-month course is due to commence on 7th March 2022 and the successful candidates will be required to be available to complete their induction with the service provider two weeks prior to this. The training provider is The University of Hull and a blended approach is anticipated for the university sessions. 2 days university attendance and 3 days working with the service each week.


The closing date for this post is 27.10.21 and interviews will take place on 15.11.21


Open Minds provides a hybrid of both remote therapy and treatment in person, with clinicians working a combination of the two.


The starting salary is band 6 and increases to Band 7 with successful completion of the course and application for accreditation with the BABCP.


For further information, an informal discussion and visit please contact Tabitha Wright (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. All successful applicants will sign a learning agreement before commencement in post.


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.


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.


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







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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. 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.

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UK Registration

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

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