Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Required: Buckinghamshire


Closing Date: 10/08/2020

Buckinghamshire Healthy Minds

Location: Prospect House, High Wycombe

Salary: £31,365 – £37,890 per annum

Job Type: Permanent

Working pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Pay Scheme: Agenda for change

Pay Band: 6

Interview Date: 24/08/2020


Would you like to train to be an NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapist? Healthy Minds Bucks, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) is expanding and has opportunities for Trainee CBT Therapists to join our team.

We’re looking for people who are compassionate, work well in a team, have plenty of enthusiasm and motivation. You will need experience of working in a mental health setting and excellent written and verbal communication skills. If you think you have the qualities we’re looking for, we look forward to hearing from you.

In return, we offer you a thorough training in CBT based at the University of Reading (UoR), clinical experience through Healthy Minds, and a supportive supervisor team at both University and on placement, throughout your training. The training programme is scheduled to start in January 2021 and ideally people will start work with the service in December to complete induction. and other duties.

You will have an understanding and experience of cognitive behaviour therapy and wish to complete a BABCP accredited training in CBT. The training prepares you to meet BABCP accreditation requirements in order to work in IAPT services. This is an excellent, but demanding course and candidates are expected to complete all its requirements within 12 months of starting the training.

You will attend the UoR Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Treatments (IAPT pathway) for two days a week from January 2021. You will receive clinical supervision (CBT) from the UoR and Healthy Minds BABCP accredited clinicians, as well as managerial supervision in service.

Please note: for those applicants who already hold a psychological therapist qualification (e.g. clinical, counselling or health psychologists) these posts will be a Band 7 during and post training. For all other applicants, the post will be a Band 6 during training, moving to a Band 7 once the training course has been passed.

Following completion of the course, moving to a qualified Band 7 post will be contingent on meeting a number of strict criteria related to the roles and performance of a CBT therapist. These will be regularly assessed over the first 6 months post qualification and all of these need to be fulfilled in order to meet the full requirements of a CBT therapist.

PWP’s are eligible to apply when they have completed a minimum of 2 years of employment as a PWP after passing all PWP course requirements at internal exam board. The only exception to this 2 year rule is if a PWP holds a previous core professional qualification recognised by the BABCP.

If you are applying through the KSA route, you must bring a completed KSA portfolio with you to the interview to be assessed.


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