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High Intensity Therapist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Workington, Cumbria
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within First Step, the North Cumbria Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service to appoint an experienced High Intensity CBT Therapist (HI) for remote or location based posts.

As part of CNTW First Step provide a range of evidenced based psychological interventions for people presenting with common mental health problems such as depression and a range of anxiety disorders. The IAPT service delivers interventions within a stepped model of care and our team includes a wide range of professionals, including Counsellors, High Intensity Therapists, and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.We are a growing service based in North Cumbria and are continually looking for ways to improve and develop our offerings to clients. We operate 8am-8pm weekdays with some weekend work when required. As a service we are committed to ongoing action to embrace diversity and working to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all staff and patients. We welcome applicants from candidates regardless of sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or religion. We are keen to receive applications from bilingual and multilingual speakers. We are currently offering a combination of Face to Face and remote working (telephone/video) either from one of our bases or working from home. This offers an opportunity for improved work/life balance. We anticipate that this will be the case ongoing.

Main duties of the job:  The role of a High Intensity therapist involves delivering high quality , time limited, evidence based therapy as recommended by NCIE guidelines. some of which involves;

  • Assess a patients' suitability for high intensity interventions,
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate patient therapy programme,
  • Assess patient risk,
  • Provide high intensity interventions, such as psycho-educational interventions, guided self-help and computerised CBT,
  • Use a range of delivery methods, such as face-to-face, telephone and web-based support,
  • Undertake clinical supervision on a regular basis in line with relevant professional guidelines and service policies,
  • Keep accurate records of clinical activity and use these in clinical decision making.

The successful applicant will meet all of the essential criteria as outlined in the person specifications. Will be a qualified High Intensity Practitioner with experience of working with a range of mental health issues.

You will need excellent communication skills and will need to be comfortable working both alone and as part of the wider team.

What our staff say about working for us:

"I think for me it is a great opportunity to work within a supportive team in which you can gain access to peer led support and CPD, I think this is something I have found harder to access within private practice."

"A great team, working at the heart of the community."

"A supportive and inspiring team working in a picturesque location ready to be discovered and explored!"


Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £500 million and 8,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and north Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives including a dedicated website, Thrive - which promotes our supportive and inclusive approach to staff health and wellbeing, career development and benefits.  Find out more 

We have achieved the Better Health at Work award and Investors in People accreditation and we are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.



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0191 246 6800
St. Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
ne3 3xt
United Kingdom
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