Trainee CBT Therapist

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Please see below for each specification and applicant requirements)

Position Conditions:

Hours: One year fixed term training post. Full Time.

Location: Training is provided at the University of Reading however clinical bases will be as follows- Oxford city (x1), Banbury (x1), Abingdon (x1). Whilst preference of base will be taken into account we cannot guarantee we can honour everyone’s requests.

*Please note in this instance the course is not optional; there will be a joint interview process including University of Reading to appoint to these roles.

*Oxford Health CAMHS have continued to be open during the lockdown period and have been using digital platforms (as well as some face to face appointments) to continue to provide care for young people and their families. Using digital technology has had very positive feedback from young people and their families. We are working on a recovery plan in terms of preparing our buildings to be able to safely see more young people face to face but will continue to also offer appointments digitally going forward due to their popularity and effectiveness. CBT trainees will be part of the recovery plan.

*The teaching from Reading University will be a combination of remote and face to face delivery dependent on local and national COVID guidance. The majority of University supervision will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams

*Due to the fixed term nature of these roles, all applicants to this advertisement (including any new/additional internal applicants who have previously worked in the NHS) would need to take a break in service of 9 days. The roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.

*Candidates cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking elsewhere (that will not be completed by beginning January 2021)

*We do not accept candidates who have previously studied for the same award at another institution.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust was successful in becoming one of 3 national pilot sites in 2011 for CYP-IAPT and we seek clinicians who want to work within the community as well as train in CBT/PT. The successful candidates would be working as Senior Mental Health Practitioners within one of the CAMHS community teams for the duration of the one year course and would split their time between training and carrying out clinical work. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service.

This is a one year fixed term training post for Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Registered Mental Health Nurses with post registration experience to work as a Senior Mental Health Practitioner in our established Community Services for Children and Young People with Mental Health Problems. This post provides the opportunity to complete the Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that is being run in collaboration with the University of Reading.

The CBT course provides a thorough and robust cognitive behavioural theoretical base with particular focus on the protocols with the soundest evidence. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the course will aim to increase trainees’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT and to promote a critical approach to the subject. It will aim to equip trainees to become skilled, creative and independent CBT practitioners who appropriately value and adhere to treatment protocols with fidelity. We provide a BABCP level 2 postgraduate diploma in CBT.

The training involves teaching blocks as well as weekly teaching and supervision days at the University of Reading. Applicants must be willing to travel and have access to transport.

Course Entry requirements (CBT):

Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological treatments for C&YP (CBT route)


  • Relevant Honours Degree graded at 2.2 or above or;
  • Successful completion of pre-entry essay, which is marked at Masters level, prior to acceptance on training programme.


  • Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see BABCP website for a list of core professions, or;
  • Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio.
  • Membership of the BABCP if undertaking the KSA route.
  • Access to appropriate cases during and after training.


  • Applicants must have a relevant degree and/or a core profession.
  • Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere or registered with another university.

The clinical work involves being part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team and successful candidates will carry their own caseload of CBT training cases. Workplace supervision will be provided weekly.

All applicants will need to be available to start the training in January 2021.

We reserve the right to close this advert early if a high number of applications are received.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameLucy HubbardJob titleConsultant Clinical PsychologistEmail addresslucy.hubbard@oxfordh

Reference: 40888964

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