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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Throughout Cornwall
Closing Date: 
30th November 2018 at 11:59pm
Accountable to: 
Supervisor, Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Clinical Lead, Line Manager

The post holder will be part of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and will provide high intensity interventions – primarily cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The post holder will work with clients who have a range of complex anxiety and depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
  • Assess clients’ suitability for CBT or IPT
  • Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the department’s referral protocols. Refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
  • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity, in easily understood language.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered in each treatment episode.
  • Adhere to providing the agreed number of clinical sessions per treatment episode in a regular pattern over time in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Adhere to NICE guidelines for guidance on appropriate treatment and number of appointments for individual patients; consult with supervisor regarding variation of this guidance.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment where appropriate.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service
  • Maintain clinical data records as detailed in the document ‘IAPTus Records Compliance Requirements for all OSW Clinical Staff.’ (Available on intranet)
  • Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols. 
  • Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
  • Coordination or co-facilitation of group work as required (i.e. Stress buster groups etc.)
  • Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.
  • Collect data for clinical audits of service performance, including service user surveys and evaluations, and help as appropriate to collate and disseminate the results for feedback. 


  • Contribute to the teaching and training of mental health professionals and other staff working within the service


  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. BPS, UKCP, BACP, BABCP.) 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.)

  • Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times, subject to limitations.
  • Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT/IPT and other agreed psychological therapies.
  • Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
  • Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.
  • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives. An annual assessment of competency in line with NICE/BABCP/IAPT requirements will be undertaken with the use of an AV recording.
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plans maintain up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
  • Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.



  • Ensure that client and employee information is kept accurate, confidential and secure at all times, in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.
  • Ensure storage and destruction of paperwork is in line with legislation and local policies.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures.

Line Management

  • Attend management supervision on a regular basis as agreed with the Line Management/Operational Manager.
  • Participate in your own individual performance review, responding to agreed objectives.


  • Undertake training as required for any element of this role.
  • Attend all mandatory training and corporate update days.
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD.

Health and Safety

  • Fulfil your duty and responsibility for your own health and safety and the health and safety of colleagues , patients and the general public

  • Understand that certain aspects of the role may involve lone working.


  • Diary and Calendar management.
  • Keep coherent records of all day to day procedures in line with service protocols.
  • As required, work flexibly within the contract to provide cover for ‘out of hours’ service.