High Intensity CBT Therapist, Band 7

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£40,057 - £45,839 p.a. pro rata


At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Calling all High Intensity CBT Therapists…………..

Our highly regarded Dorset Steps to Wellbeing services are recruiting as we continue to expand our CBT teams.

We are looking for someone with energy, enthusiasm, and a high level of skills and experience. All staff will work as part of a team and receive regular clinical supervision. We have vacancies across Dorset. This is a beautiful area of the country with rolling hills, woodland and the Jurassic Coast all on our doorstep. Our rural vacancies include positions in Purbeck and East Dorset, Dorchester and Bridport, and North Dorset. If you are looking for a more busy urban lifestyle then we have vacancies in Bournemouth and Poole with easy access to beautiful beaches. The successful candidate will offer a blend of face to face and remote therapy. The amount of remote working can be negotiated. Positions are permanent and full-time or part-time. In addition there is one fixed part-time position in Purbeck and East Dorset.

The Steps 2 Wellbeing service prides itself on being innovative and is passionate about development. We promote opportunities for career development and ongoing professional development including training in Long Term Health Conditions and other modalities of treatment such as EMDR, Mindfulness, and RO-DBT. We offer a Preceptorship Program to all successful applicants who have recently gained their High Intensity CBT Award. If newly qualified you will enter the service as a Band 6 High Intensity CBT Therapist and on completion of the program you will be automatically gain Band 7 status.

The successful candidate will provide one to one and group high intensity CBT within a stepped care model for adults with common mental health problems, including depression and a range of anxiety disorders.

Good administrative, time management and communication skills are also essential. Experience of working within the NHS or similar organisation is highly desirable.

We encourage you to have a conversation with us about the role, so we can answer any queries you might have.

Working for Dorset Healthcare Trust provides many benefits and opportunities, including:

  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development.
  • A focus on values and behaviours which aims for all staff members to feel valued and supported in their roles and feel proud to work for Dorset Healthcare.
  • NHS Pension Scheme.
  • Generous holiday entitlement.
  • NHS discount and salary sacrifice schemes.
  • Not forgetting our unique selling point-out trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email dhc.careers@nhs.net

Full and part-time permanent contracts are available.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

For further details / informal visits contact: Kisi Kent, CBT Lead North Dorset Locality at kisi.kent@nhs.net / 07557 753004.

Additional contact information: Lou Walker- Weston, CBT Lead Poole Locality at louise.walker-weston@nhs.net / 07917 068083.


What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from apps.trac.jobs. You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the gov.uk website.



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Job Reference

Reference: 152-M719.21

Closing Date: 2022-04-11

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