Trainee High Intensity Cognititive Behaviour Therapist - Oxford

Trainee High Intensity Cognititive Behaviour Therapist - Oxford Oxford, England

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Full Time Oxford, England 35392 - 42618 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

The NHS Talking Therapies programme is driving forward the expansion of its delivery of psychological interventions. This is an excellent opportunity to join a large and innovative NHS Foundation trust in which NHS Oxford Talking Therapies (formerly TalkingSpace Plus) has a strong track record for supporting the development of psychological therapy services.

We are looking for people who have the enthusiasm and skills to join our service and who are committed to making a difference within primary care and the wider community. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic, skilled individual who will support a developing workforce and service delivery model in primary care.

The Trainee High-Intensity Therapist will be a core member of the Service, undertaking training to provide high-intensity interventions – initially Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), whilst working in a training role working with clients who have a range of anxiety and depression-related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

The post involves providing psychological assessments and evidence-based interventions for people with common mental health problems and people living with long term physical health conditions (on the telephone and in an individual and group setting). Some of your role can be provided from home and you will also work out of TalkingSpace Plus venues within Oxfordshire.

After completion of the PG diploma in CBT course, you will then have an opportunity to develop your CBT skills further by delivering CBT groups, offering consultations to other staff and starting training in working with patients with Long term physical health conditions. Post holders will then progress to a band 7 position.

We are a nationally recognised and innovative NHS Talking Therapies service. Visit our website ( to find out more.

Staff wellbeing is a top priority - We have a very active, award winning, in- service wellbeing team and take a pride in our supportive and collaborative culture.

The Trust hosts the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research and the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. TalkingSpace Plus is actively involved in research and audit and benefits from strong links with the University of Oxford.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:

  • Hybrid working opportunity
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
Please see the Job Description and the Person Specification for detailed information.

Core Professionals: Potential candidates will hold a recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level: nursing, social work, occupational therapy, art therapy or within a psychological therapy.

You will have experience of working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression in addition to being able to evidence the ability to work towards the full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling, 2007).

The course you will be completing at the University of Reading as part of this role is a Level 2 accredited course with BABCP. This means that upon completion of the course trainees will meet criteria to apply for provisional accreditation as a CBT therapist with the BABCP.

To apply, you must meet the criteria for CBT training and also have a BABCP-recognised professional background in mental health or related areas. This means having a BABCP recognised Core Profession.

If you do not have a BABCP-recognised Core Profession, you must complete a portfolio of evidence to show that you have equivalent training and experience. This is known as the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes portfolio (KSA).

Prior to this interview, you must have completed self-statements for the KSA criterion required based on your experience. Please see the BABCP website above for guidance and exemplars.

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) cannot be recruited as High-Intensity IAPT trainees until two years post qualification andareexpected to have practised in this role for two years to consolidate their skills.These two years of practice commence only at the date of confirmation of the full PWP qualification by the University,notat the end of the teaching timetable. This standard is monitored nationally by the BABCP.

All successful candidates will undertake an intensive one-year Post-Graduate Diploma IAPT: High-Intensity Psychological Therapies at the University of Reading (please visit the University of Reading website for further information on course registration requirements). Post-holders must be able to attend all university training as required. Most teaching will be 2 days per week in conjunction with a minimum period of high-intensity CBT clinical practice per week working within the service. You will also receive clinical supervision from the University and TalkingSpace Plus from BABCP accredited supervisors.

Following the implementation of the 2 years psychological funding policy by HEE please ensure you meet the criteria before ap[plying for further information visit: NHS funding for psychological professions training programmes | Health Education England (

When completing the supporting information section of the application form, candidates should relate directly to the person specification requirements in the job description and should be answered in the same order as the specification. The qualifications, training and experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Trainee High Intensity Cognititive Behaviour Therapist - Oxford
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford, United Kingdom
Stuart Bell
Unknown / Non-Applicable
5001 to 10000 Employees
Company - Public
Healthcare Services & Hospitals
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