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INTERACT CBT Therapist (remote) 

Salary: £38,587-£43,434 per annum (pro rata)

Part time

Ref: SUPP107716

The role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced CBT therapist to join the research team working on a large multi-centre randomised controlled trial (RCT) led from the University of Bristol. It is funded by the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) scheme. The post holder will work alongside another 0.4FTE therapist who is established in the role.

The aim of the INTERACT programme is to integrate online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) materials with input from an accredited CBT therapist to deliver CBT to people with depression. The research team have developed an online platform that integrates therapist led CBT with online materials in a novel and flexible way. We have piloted the platform and found it to be acceptable to both therapists and patients. The INTERACT trial will determine the clinical and cost effectiveness of this integrated approach to delivering CBT.

The CBT practitioner will work using the standard Beckian model for depression. Training in use of the platform and regular expert supervision will be provided.

The CBT practitioner will be a mental health professional with current BABCP accreditation. One part-time post (0.6FTE) is available. Funding is available for 12 months in the first instance. The post is available for an immediate start.

What will you be doing?

  • Providing cognitive behavioural therapy to patients recruited to the INTERACT randomised controlled trial using the INTERACT online platform, demonstrating fidelity to the Beckian CBT model and ensuring adherence to all relevant standard operating procedures in line with trial requirements.
  • Assessing and managing risk in vulnerable clients in line with the professional standards of your governing body and local policies and procedures, escalating concerns as appropriate.
  • Planning and prioritising workload, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients in line with an agreed activity contract.
  • Liaising with the trial research team to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the trial with regards to patients receiving the trial intervention.

You should apply if

  • Is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Has substantial experience of delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for mood disorders
  • Has experience of managing a caseload and ensuring records are kept methodically.
  • Has experience of working across agencies, both NHS and non-NHS
  • Has excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and are able to communicate sensitive information to patients, carers and colleagues
  • Is proficient in using IT
  • Is able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Is able to work flexibly according to the requirements of the role, offering therapy outside standard office hours (e.g. early evening: 5-8pm) if required

A DBS check will be required in order to obtain a research passport which is needed for the role.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact: Professor Nicola Wiles (nicola.wiles@bristol.ac.uk) or Professor David Kessler (david.kessler@bristol.ac.uk)

Contract type: Open (with funding for 12 months initially)

Work pattern: Part time 0.6FTE post

Grade: J

School/Unit: Centre for Academic Mental Health, Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

To apply please visit our web site at www.bris.ac.uk/jobs enter the vacancy number into the job search and follow the link to the on line application process.

The closing date for applications is 31-October 2021.

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