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CBT Therapist

Band 7

Main area
CBT Therapy
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
University of Reading - Earley Gate
£43,574 - £49,587 pa (incl of HCAS)
Salary period
01/11/2023 23:59

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.



Job overview

Are you a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist/High Intensity Therapist looking for a new opportunity within Talking Therapies in a Hybrid home/office role? If so, come and join our CQC rated ‘outstanding’ Trust as part of our highly successful IAPT Talking Therapies service, read on to find out more. 


You will join one of our friendly teams providing High Intensity interventions within our IAPT service. We were one of the first IAPT services to launch in England back in 2008. Being in this first wave has allowed us to become very well established and benefit from years of innovation at the forefront of IAPT research and developments - and building strong links with our local communities. We are one of just six NHS IAPT services in England to be accredited under the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapy Services in England (APPTS) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 


We are currently working a mix of office-based and home/ remote-working. You will have an office base in Berkshire and there will be times when you need to attend in person either to see a patient or to attend a team training or event. Please state on your application which is your preferred base.  


Work bases available: 


Reading, Newbury, or Wokingham 


Suitable applicants will be interviewed on a first come first serve basis, so we recommend you apply today!


Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and will provide High Intensity interventions - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Supervision where required, working with clients who have a range of complex Anxiety and Depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.  

In addition to clinical work, you will spend approx. half a day each week carrying out non-clinical duties supporting your manager to meet service objectives and ensure the smooth running of the service including, management of staff, developing new ways of working and ensuring all targets are met.  

The post holder will work with people with diverse cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.   

Working pattern + Service operating hours 


The service hours are 8am – 8pm Monday –Thursday and 8am – 5pm Friday.  

You will be required to do 4 core hours shifts and one ‘late’ per week (12pm – 8pm).  

Part time hours are available, and we can offer flexibility on when/how part-time hours are worked. Please let us know your desired working pattern.  

Working for our organisation

We value our employees and put people first. We achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating overall in our latest CQC inspection, which found that: ‘Managers across Berkshire Healthcare promoted a positive culture that supported and valued staff, creating a sense of common purpose based on shared values.’ In the latest National Staff Survey, our Trust achieved top place from of all Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Trusts across the country for staff recommending it as a place to work.  


Some of the benefits of joining our team: 


  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance  
  • Generous Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff  
  • Option to buy/sell annual leave 
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities  
  • Sick Pay  
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff  
  • Advanced IT enablement and support   
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Enhanced well-being offers for our staff including access to counselling to support staff 
  • Employee Awards  
  • And so much more   


We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description for a full list of duties 


The 4 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role: 

 Will have a qualification in one of the following at graduate level in counselling/clinical psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy. 

Will be BABCP registered or other IAPT recognised accreditation

Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients

Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively. 


If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!  



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Will have a qualification in one of the following at graduate level in counselling/clinical psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy.
  • Evidence using the career framework of training in mental health and experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • Will be BABCP accredited or working towards accreditation with the BABCP
Desirable criteria
  • Have followed a training in clinical supervision

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health / benefits & employment systems
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Experience of working in mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Demonstrates management ability/skills and able to balance supporting the Lead in managing a team alongside maintaining a clinical caseload.
  • Will have worked in a service where agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Has previously worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner; and will be able to work to a ‘blended’ model of Step 2/ 3 working
  • Supervision experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Basic understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this
  • Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007)
  • Able and willing to attend supervision training if not already trained
  • Able and willing to deliver therapy via a variety of modes, including online.
Desirable criteria
  • Completed clinical audits within a service
  • Good understanding of the PWP and High Intensity roles in an IAPT service

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria
  • High level of enthusiasm and Motivation.
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, & in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system
  • To work flexibly within and outside of office hours
  • Support equality and value diversity (Level 2)
  • Ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
Desirable criteria
  • Fluent in languages other than English

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jo Aubrey
Job title
High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
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Telephone number
03003 652000