Position: Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Salary: £31,072 to £40,964 pa (dependent on experience)

Job Type: Permanent – Full Time or Part Time applications considered

Location: Applicant to be flexible regarding locations within Southern Derbyshire area, covering Ilkeston, Long Eaton, South Derbyshire

High Intensity CBT Therapist, Band 7

Derwent Rural Counselling Service is a charity and ‘not for profit’ organisation. We work in partnership with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Relate. Our service, Talking Mental Health Derbyshire, has been widely recognised as a quality provider of psychological therapies across all of Derbyshire. We are looking to recruit a qualified CBT therapist, to work in our growing and developing primary care (IAPT) service.

The post holder will provide High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, working with clients who have a range of moderate to severe Anxiety and Depression related problems and will be accredited with BABCP.

Our service works within a “stepped care model” providing triage, assessment, treatment and onward referral as appropriate therefore previous experience of providing therapy in an IAPT setting and a good understanding of the National IAPT programme is essential as well as being able to demonstrate commitment to its development.

You will need have a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT therapy, be motivated and enthusiastic about delivering high quality therapeutic interventions. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be competent in conducting mental health assessments. You will have the ability to deliver protocol driven therapy interventions to a high standard. Additionally, you will have the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, delivering complex and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, carers and professionals. We are looking for someone who is a team player, has a dynamic approach to work to become part of our successful team.

The successful candidates:

  • will be part of an expanding, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service (Talking Mental Health Derbyshire) employed by DRCS
  • will work with clients aged 16 years and upwards
  • will work with people in various locations within Derbyshire, with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.
  • will be responsible for providing evidence based CBT therapy to clients in individual or group therapy.

Please see below for a summary of key Responsibilities of the Post:

To accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

To assess clients for suitability for psychological interventions.

To make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to service protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.

To undertake and manage a clinical caseload and to attend regular case management supervision.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility in the assessment, formulation and implementation of appropriate treatment strategies for clients in line with IAPT protocols.

To have skills to effectively carry out risk assessment and develop risk management plans in line with service policy.

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

To attend regular clinical supervision in line with BABCP guidelines, to ensure safe therapeutic practice. Additionally, when appropriate to provide support and supervision to our team of Psychological Well-being Practitioners and CBT colleagues.

To complete all documentation as required by the service to a high standard within specific timeframes and have competent I.T skills.

To work to agreed service targets.

To work within a group setting as and when required.

To liaise with other professionals, outside agencies and family/carer’s as and when appropriate. When necessary providing education and involving family members and others in treatment, conveying CBT and other psychological formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.

To take responsibility for maintaining professional development by attending regular CPD events in line with BABCP requirements and to adhere to the BABCP code of conduct and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

To participate in the development and implementation of a professional development plan to ensure professional development objectives are identified and continually worked towards and reviewed.

To be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service the post holder will be able to work in various locations within Derbyshire. (Days and times negotiable for part time applications).**

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

Post Graduate CBT diploma or IAPT High Intensity Qualification Substantial post qualification experience delivering CBT to people with common mental health problems.

Highly motivated enthusiastic individual.

Holder of a full clean driving licence.

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.

For further information regarding this post please contact Lisa Henson (Assistant Clinical Lead) on 01246 232891 or Mark Penman (Operations Manager) 01629 812710.

Closing Date for applications – 13th July 2018.

Job Type: Full-time, Part-time

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