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CBT Therapist

Job Reference: 246-WBN1820165

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
CBT Therapist
Across Norfolk, Norfolk
£37,570 - £43,772 gross per annum

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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The Service

Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney is a high performing Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service which is delivered as part of a well-established partnership between Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Mind and Relate. Our IAPT service provides community orientated, evidence-based psychological therapies for people from the age of 16 with common mental health problems of anxiety and low mood with a range of presentations.

Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney is expanding, and we are beginning to work with people living with Long Term Conditions (physical health problems). We will offer evidence based psychological treatments to help individuals to live well with their condition, and strengthen links with key physical health colleagues in our area.

Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney is an equal opportunities employer, and our workforce is currently under-represented from people from Black and Minority Ethnic and disabled communities. We would welcome applications from people from these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

We are recruiting to both qualified and trainee positions.

Qualified: candidates must hold a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and be accredited, or be accreditable, with the BABCP.

Trainee: candidates must hold a BABCP recognised core profession or prepare a KSA entry route portfolio prior to interview. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners should have a minimum of two years post qualification experience in line with national IAPT guidelines.

Applications from some core professions from a physical health background with experience of working with mental health conditions can also be considered.

  • If you are invited to an interview, you must bring with you any academic qualifications, certificates and evidence you hold, as applicable. Offers cannot be made without this information.
  • If you do not have a BABCP recognised core profession you must follow the KSA procedure and prepare your portfolio prior to the interview. You will need to bring this to the interview and may be asked to submit this a least one week prior to your interview if you are shortlisted. The KSA will be scrutinised by the course KSA lead who may ask you further questions about your portfolio at interview and if you are successful they will give you feedback on which areas require further work to be completed by the end to the training. You will submit your portfolio again during the course to be marked after undertaking the required actions.

There will be a learning agreement in place between the trainee and the employer.

The Role

The trainee CBT position includes undertaking the PG Diploma in High Intensity CBT at the University of East Anglia. Training takes place over one academic year and involves spending two days per week at university and the remainder of the week in practice at your work place.

You will provide high intensity interventions to adults with a range of anxiety disorders, depression and trauma related problems. This is an opportunity to join an established team of Psychological Therapists providing a range of NICE compliant treatments at Step 3. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Primary Care Counsellors, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners and Employment Advisors. Therapists within Wellbeing provide brief time-limited therapy and are expected to spend 55% of their time providing treatment interventions to clients. The Wellbeing Service has a number of Key Performance Indicators (targets) and clinicians are supported to achieve these. Clinical and case management supervision is provided within the service.

Experience of working in Primary Care will be an advantage. As well as 1:1 work you may be expected to co-facilitate group interventions. For the delivery of group work we provide training and additional support, should you need it. On completion of training the post holder will contribute to the on-going development and evaluation of the service.

The Location

The posts will be based in our Norwich, South, East and North Norfolk teams. Each team has a main hub however most therapists work within community venues; therefore, being able to drive is essential. It may also be required for the therapist to cover other areas of Norfolk & Waveney within reasonable distance as service demands require.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

NSFT is committed to lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) for its entire staff. There are a variety of definitions of CPD across the professions but it is usually taken to mean learning activities which update existing skills.

CPD is determined through appraisal with a personal development plan agreed between an individual and their manager, with the commitment of the necessary time and resources.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

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Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

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.

UK Registration

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

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