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High Intensity Practitioner (CBT Therapist Band 7)

Job Reference: 262-A-19-54908

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
84670 First Step
Barrow, Cumbria
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) have merged to form North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC). Joining forces is an historic step in the journey to truly join up health and care services for a happier, healthier population in Cumbria. As a result of the two organisations working closely together with our partners we are already being regarded nationally as a leading edge integrated care system.

The Trust encourages applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and is committed to having a workforce that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

High Intensity Therapist (CBT)

First Step

AfC Band 7

37.5 hours per week

Furness Locality

First Step is the IAPT service for the whole of Cumbria and covers a number of towns and cities in addition to the Lake District, Eden Valley and parts of the Yorkshire Dales. First Step is an exciting and dynamic service within which to work and is popular with both Cumbrian GPs and also the wider Cumbrian community (we receive about 12,000 referrals per year). The post is based in West Cumbria.

First Step is dedicated to the delivery of evidence-based therapies for individuals with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders in line with best practice and clinical guidelines. The service is comprised of approximately ninety clinicians (including PWPs, High Intensity Practitioners, Counsellors, Senior Psychotherapists, a Clinical Director), Employment Advisors, an administrative hub and an Operational management structure (six Team Leaders and a Service Manager). All of these work together to try and ensure that we provide effective and compassionate interventions as rapidly as possible to our patients. We also have a group of ex-patients who work with us to improve the service and help design and implement new developments led by an ex-patient who has been with the service since its inception.

We believe strongly in the ethos behind the IAPT programme. We have a high recovery rate and this is due to the quality of staff, a strong supervision structure and a high quality on-going training programme for each stream. For example, as part of our ongoing internal training programme, staff have received additional training days from: Dr Stephen Barton, Dr Nick Grey, Professor Mark Freeston, Professor Robert Elliott, Professor Mick Cooper, Professor Tracey Wade, Dr Kevin Meares, Peter Armstrong, Professor Dave Dagnan, Dr Martina Mueller, Dr Mary Welford, Dr Freda McManus, Dr Stirling Moorey, Dr Robert Dudley, Professor Karina Lovell, Maria Chellingsworth, Professor Rory O’Connor, Dr Derek Milne, Dr Beverly Haarhoff and Dr Manda Holmshaw, Professor Glenn Waller.

See our webpage for more details of the service and of our ongoing research projects at

We welcome applications from CBT clinicians who have successfully completed an IAPT-approved CBT High Intensity Practitioner training and are accredited with the BABCP (or have provisional accreditation & working towards full accreditation).

N.B. Practitioners without BABCP accreditation but meeting all other essential criteria may be considered for band 6 post & on obtaining provisional/full accreditation with BABCP band would be increased to that of band 7.

As part of our plans to strengthen the quality of mental health, learning disability and CAMHS services we are able to offer to patients in Cumbria, we are planning to transfer services in north Cumbria to Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) and services in south Cumbria to Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT) on 1st October 2019 subject to final approval.

This therefore means that if you are appointed to this post, your employment will transfer from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to NTW or LCFT, but you will retain your current terms and conditions (including pay). More information on the transfer can be found on our staff website.

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £26 + Administration cost of £4.20 = deducted at £10.20 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 2 months.

Enhanced Check: £44 + administration cost of £4.20 = £15.20 deducted from 1st month salary and £11 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK CPFT future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

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If you have been unsuccessful following shortlisting, you can check the status of your application by clicking on "My Applications" and reviewing the status. Due to the volumes of applications we receive we will not automatically issue feedback if you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust has implemented a Probationary Period Policy and Procedure and this will apply on appointment.

Your personal information is important to us; attached is our notice on why we need to hold certain information about you, how we process it and your rights to have it updated.

Overseas candidates wishing to apply, who would require immigration sponsorship, can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

We welcome your feedback via NHS jobs to how we can improve our recruitment service and we hope to see you working for us soon.

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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