Cognitive Analytic Therapist NHS AfC: Band 7 - North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Cognitive Analytic Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Job overview

An exciting new opportunity has arise for a Cognitive Analytic Therapist to work within the Greenfields Community Mental Health Team. 

The successful candidate will be an autonomous clinical practitioner, responsible for their own actions within the context of professional and ACAT guidelines and the overall framework of service objectives an policies. 

The post-holder will provide Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and contribute to the development of CAT within the Trust including supervision, teaching and training in CAT within the Trust, in consultation with Lead Psychologists, Trust Managers and University Partners.


Main duties of the job

  • Drawing on the CAT model, will provide specialist CAT assessment, formulation and intervention to clients with a range of complex mental health needs, involving the clients’ family/informal carers as required.
  • Support the development of CAT within the service through providing direct and indirect interventions, working collaboratively with MDT colleagues to inform clinical work and care planning via CAT formulation when direct work is not viable.
  • Provide advice and consultation on psychological issues to colleagues within the Trust and to other multi-agency professionals including training.
  • Work with senior Trust colleagues and University partners to increase access to CAT within the Trust. To support training initiatives which will allow colleagues to gain relevant skills and knowledge in using CAT in clinical practice

Please see Job description for full information. 

Working for our organisation

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts, DBS and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

Our team is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessments for clients with a range of complex mental health needs, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a range of sources, including psychological tools as required and considering the broader familial, social and service context.
  • To develop provisional hypotheses and shared formulations with clients and carers and from this to determine appropriate formal psychological therapies, psychosocial interventions and other strategies to manage mental health problems, referring to other appropriate services where required.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models, and highly complex and idiosyncratic factors concerning historical and developmental processes, and to communicate this information appropriately to client, family/informal carers and professional carers.
  • To deliver cognitive analytic therapy to clients and their family/informal carers using individual, family or group approaches which are informed by individual need, client choice and evidence base and which draw upon the appropriate theory and research relating to cognitive analytic therapy.
  • To continually monitor and evaluate the cognitive analytic interventions provided to clients, employing service specific outcome measures as required, reformulating and adjusting hypotheses and interventions as new information becomes available and liaising effectively with other professionals involved in the care of the clients.

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