CBT Trainees x 3 Required (NHS) Oxford, Oxfordshire


Town: Melksham/Keynsham/Marlborough

Salary: £33,706 – £40,588 per annum | pro rata

Grade: Band 6

Contract: Fixed term: 12 months

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Full time)

Job ref: 267-OC4486550

Site: BSW Community CAMHS

Salary period: Yearly

Closing: 06/09/2022 23:59


Job overview

Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Trainee


The post: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been successfully involved in the CYP-IAPT (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme since the start in 2011. We are now recruiting for clinicians who are ready to embark on a new and exciting role as trainee CBT therapists within CAMHS. This is a great opportunity to receive excellent CBT training whilst putting new skills into practice within a clinical team with robust supervision.

The successful candidates will be working as Senior Mental Health Practitioners within one of the CAMHS community teams for the duration of the one year course and would split their time between training and carrying out clinical work.  After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service.   


Main duties of the job

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 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 recognised Core Profession. ​

If you do not have a 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 should have completed your KSA.  You will be asked for a copy of you self-statement for KSA criterion 4 in the interview. Please see the BABCP website for guidance and exemplars.”​


Working for our organisation

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:

  • 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


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The CBT course provides a thorough and robust cognitive behavioural theoretical base with particular focus on the protocols with the soundest evidence. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the course will aim to increase trainees’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT and to promote a critical approach to the subject. It will aim to equip trainees to become skilled, creative and independent CBT practitioners who appropriately value and adhere to treatment protocols with fidelity.

The clinical work involves being part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team and successful candidates will carry their own caseload of CBT training cases. Workplace supervision will be provided weekly.

The training involves teaching blocks as well as weekly teaching and supervision days at the University of Reading. Applicants must be willing to travel to Reading and have their own transport.

Location: Training is provided at the University of Reading and the clinical base will be in one of our Community CAMHS bases. These are Melksham, Marlborough and Keynsham. We will ask you at interview for your preferred base and whilst every effort will be made to match candidates to their preferred location, this cannot be guaranteed

Additional information for the post

*Please note in this instance the course is not optional; there will be a joint interview process including University of Reading to appoint to these roles. The roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.

*Due to the fixed term nature of these roles, all applicants to this advertisement (including any new/additional internal applicants who have previously worked in the NHS) would need to take a break in service of 9 days.

*Candidates cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere (that will not be completed by January 2023).

*We do not accept candidates who have previously studied for the same award at another institution.

* All applicants will need to be available to start the training in January 2023

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.
Person specification


Essential criteria

  • RMN, OT, SW or equivalent professional qualification


Essential criteria

  • To have ability to manage case load and act as care coordinator for clients on case list
  • To be able to function as part of multi disciplinary team and liaise with external agencies i.e. primary care, education, social and health care.
  • To have ability to assess client need, both mental health, health and social needs
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others.
  • Ability to organise own time and diary and that of junior staff and learners
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with relevant parties


Essential criteria

  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of using Routine Outcome Measures (ROMS)
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have serious mental illness and their families and carers in the community
  • Experience of mentoring and clinical supervision of others


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