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Trainee High Intensity Therapist – Medway

Trainee High Intensity Therapist

Salary: Band C – £27,611 to £30,679 per annum (dependent on experience)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Fixed Term for 1 year (start by March 2020)

Location: Based in Medway


An exciting opportunity has arisen for passionate individuals to join our friendly team in Medway as Trainee High Intensity Therapists. This is the perfect opportunity to further develop in your career, with an organisation that is recognised for developing individuals and has an excellent reputation at both a local and national level.

You will spend two days a week at Canterbury Christ Church University, taught by experts to deliver evidence based psychological therapies for clients with anxiety and depression. The remaining three days will be spent working with our skilled team of clinicians to develop your new skills and gain experience.

You will be joining Insight Healthcare, which is a highly regarded, national organisation and an experienced provider of IAPT services on behalf of the NHS.  Our friendly and professional Medway team offer high and low intensity interventions and counselling across the area. As a key member of the team, you will be valued for your contribution to maintaining Insight’s excellent reputation and helping us develop this further through innovative practice.

It is our mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people we serve. You will play a key role in delivering this mission, and be committed to our core values which are at the heart of everything we do.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation that has experienced recent growth and continues to seek new opportunities to further strengthen and build upon our excellent reputation.

Please note this is a 12 month fixed-term contract, with the possibility of appointment to a permanent HI Trained Therapist post (Band D, £32,724) on successful completion of the course.


We would love to hear from you if you:

  • Are an inspirational team player with excellent communication skills and able to work collaboratively
  • Have a professional registered qualification in health care, preferably at graduate level, (psychology, nursing, social work and allied health professionals), or a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with at least two years’ experience. For more details of core professions see http://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/Core-Profession.aspx
  • Able to work to deliver required performance targets.
  • Committed to improving access to psychological therapies in Kent and Medway


Please note that applicants from Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners must demonstrate at least two years post-graduate experience. We support the fair chance initiative for applicants without IAPT experience.


Eligibility for this training post:

Candidates should have a BABCP recognised core professional training and provide qualification and registration documents as proof at group interview. These professions include:

  • Psychology – 1st degree plus a post-graduate qualification (MSc or Doctorate) in an applied area such as clinical, educational, counselling, health psychology (forensic if has applied content). HPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist (HPC registration alone insufficient)
  • Registered Nurse – Mental Health (RMN), Learning Disability etc. (general nursing and enrolled nursing is insufficient)
  • Medicine – Psychiatric and General Practitioner MBChB or MBBS and usually PG training with membership of MRCGP, MRCP or MRCPsych
  • Occupational Therapy – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy, or Dip C.O.T and HPC Registered
  • Arts Therapist (HPC Registered)
  • Counselling – Accredited with the BACP, COSCA, or FDAP (NCAC), or Registered Member CPC
  • Social Work – CQSW, DipSW or BA/BSc Hons Social Work
  • Probation Services – DipPS
  • Teacher of Special Education/Needs – Cert Ed CertEd, B.Ed, or BA/BSc with PGCE, plus additional specialist training in Special Education, with additional counselling / psychotherapy training


Candidates who do not have a BABCP recognised core professional training can apply if they meet the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitude criteria.

The individual’s will be supported by a High Intensity Team Leader and Clinical Lead and should be committed to their own professional development.


In return, we will offer you:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising with length in service) and with the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • A comprehensive induction and ongoing training, development and clinical supervision
  • An enhanced pension scheme
  • A supportive culture that values work-life balance
  • An Employee Assistance Programme which offers 24/7 financial, legal and personal advice, including free access to counselling where required
  • Access to LifeWorks, which provides excellent corporate discounts on shopping, cinema tickets and restaurants
  • Discounted gym membership and Cycle to Work scheme
  • Family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Death in Service Insurance


How to Apply:

This vacancy is advertised via Canterbury Christchurch University. Therefore, to apply for this role, please visit https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ and use the job reference J183-A-19-60825.

If you would like further details about the role or would like to discuss whether to apply, please contact Sarah Gallagher (Clinical Lead for Pathways and Development) or Karen Abel (Service Lead) on 0300 029 3000, who would be more than happy to help you.


The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th December 2019


Interviews will be conducted in partnership with the IAPT Service Providers and Canterbury Christ Church University. Applicants must be able to attend a group interview at the University (Salomons Campus, Tunbridge Wells) which is expected to take place on the 13th, 14th or 15th January 2020. If you are successful at the group stage you will be invited to attend an individual interview on 3rd, 4th or 5th February 2020.


The successful applicants will need to be available to start employment by the 30th March 2020


This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure, which we will cover the cost of. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of applying, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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