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Job id: 078005. Salary: £58,595 - £75,387 per annum (pro rata) including London Weighting Allowance, depending on qualifications, skills and experience.

Posted: 06 November 2023. Closing date: 04 December 2023.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Psychology.

Contact details: Professor Katharine Rimes.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

Job description

The DClinPsy CBT Tutor for Children/Adolescents will support the Programme provision of training that is required for the cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) pathway, linked to accreditation by the British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). The programme is accredited for all trainees at BABCP Level 1 and for a subset of trainees on the CBT pathway for Level 2. The post-holder will report to the DClinPsy CBT Lead.

The post-holder will work closely with programme team members and placement supervisors to maximise trainees’ CBT experience and supervision within children/adolescent placements. They will provide extra online group CBT supervision where the placement supervisor is not a BABCP-accredited therapist. This will be supplementary to placement clinical supervision and responsibility, and not replace it.

The 0.2 WTE hours need to be flexible to some degree. The DClinPsy team’s core working day is Friday so some meetings are scheduled on this day of the week. However, trainees are on placement from Tuesday-Thursday so the postholder would need to be available to provide at least two hour-long supervision groups on those days.

The postholder will contribute to the setting and assessments of trainees’ CBT knowledge and competences. They will contribute to teaching on the DClinPsy, especially in relation to CBT.

The IoPPN is a Faculty of King's College London and the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental illness and brain disease.

The IoPPN’s clinical psychology training programme takes CBT as its main therapeutic modality, and family therapy/systemic practice as the second key modality. An important strength is the very comprehensive range of both local and national specialist placement opportunities, across three world-renowned NHS Trusts: South London and Maudsley, King’s College Hospital and Guy’s & St Thomas’ – known collectively as King’s Health Partners. The programme, in partnership with King’s Health Partners NHS Trusts, aims to train clinical psychologists who embody the scientist-practitioner ideal and who can go on to become effective NHS leaders. Another strength is the vibrant and diverse communities within South East London, and the programme values and positively promotes diversity and inclusion.

At King’s we are deeply committed to embedding good culture, equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study. We welcome applications from psychologists with characteristics who are under-represented within the University and local NHS Trusts at senior levels, including those from a racial/ethnic minority background, who have a disability, and/or LGBTQ+.

Link to IoPPN programme descriptions:

Link to programme webpage

This post will be offered on a part-time (20% FTE), fixed term contract for 3 years.

Key responsibilities

  • To support the DClinPsy CBT Lead in ensuring the effective implementation of the BABCP Level 1 and Level 2 Pathways and ongoing programme BABCP accreditation requirements.
  • To provide online CBT supervision to groups of DClinPsy trainees, especially those on child/adolescent placements. To provide sufficient supervision for each trainee to complete two training cases over the course of a six-month placement.
  • To evaluate, based on the material presented in supplementary supervision, whether the clinical work presented fulfils BABCP requirements for supervised clinical practice of CBT.
  • To rate recorded sessions for at least one closely case for each trainee, using a standardised measure (e.g. CTS-R or CBT CYP Session Competency Framework).
  • To contribute the marking of other forms of assessment of CBT competences, e.g. case presentations and exam question.
  • To document supervision of clinical work which fulfils BABCP requirements.
  • To liaise with relevant NHS and other placement provider colleagues to ensure effective communication and understanding of the trainees’ BABCP training requirements.
  • To develop and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals involved in the trainees’ clinical placements, especially their placement supervisors.
  • To attend regular meetings with course staff members with the aim of monitoring the consistency and effectiveness of the supervision, identifying challenges, and providing an opportunity for supervision of supervision.
  • Attending regular BABCP pathway meetings with relevant DClinPsy team members.
  • Attending relevant DClinPsy meetings such as core team meetings, and deputising for the CBT lead at other meetings as required (e.g. Training Programme Committee and sub-committee meetings and Exam Board).
  • Liaison with external relevant stakeholders regarding the BABCP pathway.
  • Contributing to face-to-face DClinPsy teaching.
  • Liaising with Clinical Directors, Senior CBT clinical tutor and CBT clinical tutor to help ensure trainees on CBT Level 2 pathway gain appropriate CBT experience on placement.
  • Contributing to strategy and processes for trainee allocation to the secondary accreditation pathways.
  • Providing support for supervisors and lecturers to gain their own BABCP accreditation. This may include providing CBT supervision.
  • Keeping up to date with BABCP accreditation requirements.
  • Attending other external meetings as required, for example in relation to BABCP or the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1.       Accreditation as a cognitive behaviour therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

2.       Registration with appropriate professional body (e.g. as Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council; HCPC).

3.       Skills and experience in providing CBT supervision with children/adolescents.

4.       Significant clinical experience in the UK NHS and providing cognitive behaviour therapy in the NHS.

5.       Strong commitment to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.

6.       Excllent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective working relationships with trainees and with university and placement provider staff.

7.       Ability to liaise effectively with multiple stakeholders.

8.       Knowledge of the BABCP accreditation requirements for individuals and training programmes.

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience of undertaking assessments for therapists seeking accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

2.       Experience of contributing to DClinPsy training/supervision or other professional training in the UK involving CBT training.

3.       BABCP accreditation as a CBT supervisor and/or trainer.

4.       Doctoral level professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (e.g. DClinPsy) or equivalent.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.