High Intensity CBT Trainee, Band 6

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£32,306 - £39,027 p.a.


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.

Please Note: If you have already applied via the vacancy advertised by Southern Health you do not need to reapply, this is for the same recruitment campaign.

Please state your preference of location/area within your application.

Steps 2 Wellbeing for Dorset Healthcare have 3 location types;

  • Southampton
  • Poole & Bournemouth
  • Rural Dorset (including Dorchester, Wimborne, Weymouth, Swanage, Shaftesbury)

Additional Information is attached around eligibilty to apply.


We are looking to recruit Trainee Psychological Therapists (High Intensity CBT Therapists) across Dorset and Southampton within our Steps 2 Wellbeing service.

The successful candidates will undertake a 12 month training course at the University of Southampton. During this time, you will be trained to provide High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural therapy within a stepped care model for adults with common mental health problems, including depression and a range of anxiety disorders. You will be required to attend training at the University two days a week and working with a caseload of patients within service three days a week. We are looking for people with energy, enthusiasm, and a high level of skills and experience. All staff will work as part of a team, receive regular clinical supervision and be able to access CPD. It is expected that you would need to relocate for this post.

Steps 2 Wellbeing

Dorset Healthcare is at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care and have been awarded Outstanding CQC status. Our Dorset and Southampton Steps 2 Wellbeing services is recognised as one of the best IAPT services nationally. We are located in a beautiful part of the world with the Jurassic coast, pretty countryside with rolling hills and great urban centres all with excellent communication links. As we continue to expand our provision of psychological therapy we have several vacancies for high intensity CBT trainee therapists across Dorset* and Southampton.

Steps 2 Wellbeing service is innovative and is passionate about supporting therapists in delivering evidenced based psychological therapies. We have an excellent all-inclusive CPD package where 12 full days of training and clinical skills sessions are delivered by world renown experts annually. In addition we promote opportunities for career development by offering regular long-term health conditions training, Eye Movement Desensitisation Repossessing therapy (EMDR), Mindfulness, Interpersonal therapy (IPT), Couples Behavioural Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (RO DBT) and supervision training.

Trainees can work flexibly, and we offer a combination of face to face and remote work. 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. We provide regular clinical supervision in a variety of formats to support you.

On completion of the course, trainees progress to a period of supported preceptorship. This offers enhanced supervision, peer support meetings, and a reduced and triaged caseload. The Preceptorship will normally last 8 months and when complete leads to a permanent Band 7 post. On completion of the preceptorship applicants are expected to complete long-term health conditions training. Occasionally qualified staff working in the Southampton location will be required to work Saturdays.


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.
  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline.


Steps 2 Wellbeing is divided into 8 locality based services as follows:

  • North Dorset
  • Dorchester and Bridport
  • Weymouth and Portland
  • Purbeck and East Dorset
  • Poole
  • East Bournemouth
  • West Bournemouth
  • Southampton


Posts will be offered across these services. When stating your first and second choices if you choose Steps to Wellbeing please state your area of preference.


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


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.


If you would like to find out more about the position, please see below for contacts who will be able to answer your questions:

  • University of Southampton – Dr Samantha Gibson – S.Gibson@Soton.ac.uk
  • Steps to Wellbeing (Dorset) – Kisi Kent - kisi.kent@nhs.net
  • Step to Wellbeing (Southampton) – Matthew Mills - matthew.mills7@nhs.net


PLEASE NOTE: due to the volume of applications we usually receive it is likely this post will close early so please apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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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