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CBT Practitioner

Job Reference: 449-CSP488

Solent NHS Trust
Mental Health Support Teams
£32,306 - £39,027 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Solent NHS trust is recruiting a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist who will work within the established Mental Health in Schools Team in Portsmouth alongside a small team of 'High Intensity' therapists.

The development of these services are in collaboration with NHS England and the Department for Education, following on from the 2017 Green Paper Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. This is a roll out of the work to improve access to mental health care for young people set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The post holder will deliver high quality therapeutic intervention for young people presenting with low/moderate mental health presentations such as anxiety/low mood/OCD within the MHST guidelines.

The post holder will be delivering evidence-based intervention for children and young people in education settings primarily with access to CAMHS facilities and local family hubs. The role will include supporting and facilitating staff in education settings to identify and where appropriate manage issues related to mental health and wellbeing and working with and within education environments to afford better access to specialist mental health services.

The post holder will work alongside the Mental Health in Schools Team (MHST) as part of a dynamic mental health team in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

Portsmouth MHST are a well established MHST service who cover all the citys schools with consultation and intervention offered to young people presenting with low/moderate mental health difficulties. The service is locality based aligned with the North, Central and South teams in the local authority MATs. There are strong links with the local schools, and devloping links with Early Help and School Nursing service.

Job Responsibilities

  • Delivery of CBT interventions to young people and families
  • Delivery of group interventions, where appropriate.
  • Consultation with schools
  • Support to the wider team in skills development
  • Ongoing CPD

Personal Skills/Qualities

  • Strong communication skills
  • A knowledge of and commitment to Equal Opportunities and Promoting Diversity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across a range of agencies.
  • creative and dynamic worker
  • ability to worrk independantly and as part of a small team
  • diary management

For more information on the post, please contact Fungayi Zinyemba by email


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All patient facing workers in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . It will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

To be fully vaccinated you must receive both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. Successful applicants will be required (unless exempt*) to provide evidence of their covid vaccination status (NHS COVID Pass) or evidence that they have commenced their journey to becoming fully vaccinated. If the required evidence cannot be provided then any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

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