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CBT Therapist

Requisition ID:  9723

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  14-Jul-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942 - £32,817 with progression to £40,322 per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 15 August 2021



The Role


You will join the University’s Psychological Therapies Training and Research Clinic delivering 1:1 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a group psychoeducation programme to undergraduates and postgraduates. You will work alongside members of the Clinic team staff, qualified clinical psychologists from the DClinPsy programme and trainee therapists from the Postgraduate CBT diploma and DClinPsy programmes in dedicated clinical rooms at the Dame Margaret Barbour Building on the university campus.


You will receive high-quality supervision within the clinic, and will have the opportunity to get involved in evaluation, training and research within the university clinic setting.


Dr Claire Lomax, Reader in Clinical Psychology – claire.lomax@newcastle.ac.uk


The post is part time, 24 hours per week.


Key Accountabilities


  • Psychological assessment of referrals from the Student Wellbeing Service to determine suitability for a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in a University-run psychological therapies clinic
  • Provide 1:1 face to face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to students for common anxiety and depression presentations
  • Clinical supervision of trainee CBT therapists and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology trainees who are developing competence in CBT skills
  • In tandem with the project team and student representatives, play a role in developing two psychoeducation programmes – one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates
  • Delivery of the psychoeducation programmes and responsibility for data collection and outcomes monitoring
  • Attend the North East Integrated Care for Student Mental Health working group, to build strategic links with key NHS services to develop continuity of care between the University clinic and relevant NHS services for students who need a step up in care
  • Provide any necessary data for reports for the University’s Health and Wellbeing subcommittee about clinic activity and the ongoing delivery of the psychoeducation programmes. Ensure details of the clinic and psychoeducation programme are kept up to date on the Student Health and Wellbeing central information hub of wellbeing services available at the University
  • Attend regular clinical supervision
  • ​​​​​​Support the development and conduct of service-based research and research projects. For example, by contributing ideas for projects, supervising students undertaking service-based research projects, assisting with recruitment to ongoing research projects involving clinic attenders


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience conducting clinical assessments, risk assessments, planning and delivering CBT or 1:1 therapy is essential and experience working with older adolescents or young adults would be an advantage
  • Ability to deliver education-based clinical interventions in group settings (e.g. psychoeducation groups) is essential and experience delivering groups of this nature would be an advantage
  • Ability to supervise the clinical practice of others is essential and experience supervising trainee CBT therapists or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology trainees would be an advantage
  • Ability and willingness to work in emotionally-charged situations and to support those with high levels of distress
  • Demonstrable commitment to evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, including a commitment to the use of routine outcome measures in clinical practice and other practice-based metrics
  • Proficient in use of electronic record-keeping systems is essential and specific experience with IAPTus would be preferred
  • Thorough knowledge and awareness of legislation on Child Protection issues
  • Willingness and availability to work unsocial hours (evenings); occasional travel in the UK and/or overseas sometimes requiring overnight stays; receive Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Excellent communication skills to a range of audiences (staff, students, service users; both written and verbal) and in emotionally challenging situations
  • Remains calm when responding to challenging situations
  • Kind and compassionate approach to staff, students and service users
  • A positive and supportive attitude, keen to help others show the best of themselves and achieve their own personal goals
  • Able to adapt communication appropriately to the audience, changing style, tone and format appropriately
  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Talks about other team members in a positive way
  • Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively
  • Maintains flexibility in work plans to allow for changing circumstances
  • Ensures all activities are completed on time
  • Uses systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up to date
  • High level of self-motivation even when things are not going well


Qualifications (Essential)


  • Relevant qualification as a practitioner psychologist or CBT therapist such as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or postgraduate Diploma in CBT
  • If a practitioner psychologist, current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration 
  • BABCP accreditation 




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 9723