High Intensity CBT (HICBT) Trainee Therapists

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


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Job summary

Alliance Psychological Services is an independent provider of counselling and psychological therapy services based in the Tees Valley area and working across the North East region. We are working in partnership with Insight Healthcare and Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind to deliver the IMPACT on Teesside service.


We are recruiting our final places for our High Intensity CBT (HICBT) training posts, which begin January/February 2022. Where possible, you will be required to start in the role prior to the training commencing to allow you time to learn more about the IMPACT service and complete an induction period. Successful applicants will complete a relevant programme of University based training during their first year in post. Salaries will start at £26,000 based on current qualifications and experience. For more information on the University training programme, please visit:


Successful applicants will be employed by one of organisations within the partnership which will be discussed at appointment.

Main duties of the job


Please ensure you meet the High Intensity IAPT CBT Trainee recruitment requirements or you will not be considered for shortlisting:

  • You must have a core profession as recognised by BABCP


  • If you do not have a BABCP recognised core profession, you can enter via the KSA route, demonstrating that you have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required. For more information on KSA, please visit the BABCP website.
  • If you are a PWP, without a core profession, you must have a minimum of 2 years post qualification PWP experience.

If you are invited to interview, you must bring with you any academic qualifications certificates and evidence you hold, as applicable.

If you are applying through the KSA route, you will need to produce your portfolio at interview.

Closing date for applications: 5th December 2021

Interview dates: 10th December 2021

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities.

If you have recently applied for this post in the last 3 months, please do not reapply at this time. Future applications will be welcomed however.

For more information on this post please contact Emma Hopson on enquiries@impactonteesside.com.

About us

Impact on Teesside has responsibility for safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults within our service, part of this is to follow safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is also a requirement that all staff understand it is each persons individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of our clients.

Please note that due to the nature of the duties of these roles, an enhanced criminal records disclosure will be sought in the event of a successful application.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Outline

The Postholder will provide a range of evidence-based psychological interventions within the framework of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme as part of as part of Impacts Primary Care Psychological Wellbeing Therapies (PWT) Service across the Tees area. The post-holder will work within the service providing high intensity interventions whilst undertaking a University-based programme of training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

The post- holder will work as part of the Impact team for a minimum of 3 days of the week whilst attending the training programme. They will provide a range of evidence-based psychological interventions within the framework of the IAPT Programme as part of Impacts Team serving GP Practices across the NHS Tees area.

This position may require flexible hours between 8am until 8pm weekdays.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

To work as a member of the Impact PWT Service Team

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships within the PWT Team and elsewhere
  • To offer advice and support to other members of the wider Primary Care Team, including GPs and other Health Professionals, on mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for patients with mental health needs
  • To liaise effectively with Secondary Care and voluntary sector organisations and services
  • To attend meetings and provide reports as required
  • To assist in the development and promotion of the service

To provide a range of therapeutic interventions

  • To provide assessment, including risk assessment, of clients referred for psychological therapy within the Primary Care setting
  • To select and deliver a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions in collaboration with the client
  • To work within an appropriate time framework
  • To make appropriate onward referrals following assessment for clients requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies
  • To maintain clients confidentiality within agreed guidelines

To undertake the required training programme

  • To attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post. NB: Satisfactory completion of the training programme is a condition of continued employment.
  • To apply learning from the training programme in practice
  • To attend university-based supervision in relation to course work to meet the required standards.
  • To work with an appropriate range and number of cases selected with the support of their Clinical Supervisor as suitable for the current stage of clinical skills development.


  • Responsible for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults by promoting the welfare of service users at all times and operating within local policies and procedures.
  • Under guidance and support taking appropriate safeguarding action to protect children and vulnerable adults at risk of significant harm.
  • Under guidance and supervision to identify and support families in accessing Early Help Services
  • To share appropriate information with other agencies regarding the service users wellbeing and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information sharing protocols.

To provide a professional and ethical service

  • To maintain appropriate records including all required assessment and evaluation tools
  • To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development activities both as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through Impacts Professional Development and Appraisal System
  • To undertake an appropriate amount of clinical supervision from a qualified Clinical Supervisor within Impacts Supervision Programme
  • To operate within agreed NHS, Impact and professional guidelines and Codes of Practice
  • To ensure a safe and secure working environment for self and others and to take action as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines
  • To adhere to all Impact Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
  • To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the Service


  • In the performance of their duties, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to clients and their care, staff and others. They may also have access to information relating to Impact as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential.
  • Information relating to clients, carers, staff, other healthcare workers or Impact business may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with Impact policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data.

This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role in accordance with changes in Impacts organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working in a mental healthcare setting
  • Ongoing clinical supervision of therapeutic work.
  • Up to date knowledge of therapeutic approach to be practised.
  • Awareness of a range of therapeutic approaches.
  • Ability to meet agreed or 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
  • Demonstrates an understanding of a range of mild moderate mental health problems including: anxiety and depression and the impact of childhood abuse and neglect 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 and employment systems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Experience in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in assessment, formulation and treatment of a range of psychological presentations
  • Skills in developing and implementing focused, time limited treatment plans.
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients


  • Trained and experienced in groupwork

Personal Qualities


  • High level of motivation
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • 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 and 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 of the service with the wider health care system



  • Act in ways that support equality and promotes diversity


  • Access to transport to travel to locations throughout the organisation with appropriate business insurance
  • Experience in working with interpreters
  • Fluent in languages other than English



  • Degree or higher award in counselling or counselling psychology or recognised training / qualification in a major psychological therapy approach or Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
  • Membership of or registration with an appropriate professional body
  • Evidence using the career framework of training in mental health and experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this
  • Able to undertake a programme of training at Postgraduate level
  • (You must have a core profession as recognised by BABCP or if you do not have a BABCP recognised core profession, you can enter via the KSA route, demonstrating that you have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required).
  • (If you are a PWP, without a core profession, you must have a minimum of 2 years post qualification PWP experience).


  • Accreditation/registration with BACP, BABCP, UKCP, BPS or other recognised professional organisation

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

Employer's website

https://www.alliancepsychology.com/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Emma Hopson



Date posted

25 November 2021

Pay scheme



£26,000 a year This is the salary whilst training




2 years

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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