• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job overview

The post-holder will work within the Sheffield IAPT service providing high volume low intensity interventions which will be a range of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-management interventions to service to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities

This post holder will already be qualified to provide these interventions – this is not a training post. It is essential you hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions; or are about to successfully complete this course; and are able to provide evidence of working with people who have experienced common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety in a Primary Care setting.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the wider IAPT and Primary Care Teams to provide high quality step 2 high volume low, intensity interventions to people experiencing depression and or anxiety. The interventions could be delivered face to face, by telephone, in groups or workshops.

To meet the National IAPT standards which include an individual minimum 50% recovery rate and to meet 20 clinical contact hours (pro-rata) per week. To ensure productivity expectations are met in line with the National IAPT manual.

To meet patient needs by working across Sheffield according to demand. Working a minimum of 22.5 hours per week offering one early and one late appointment per week and Saturday working on occasion if required.

To be working over a minimum of 3 days which is to include Thursday afternoons as this is service wide non-clinical time for you to be able to contribute to profession specific and service wide meetings, forums and masterclasses to support you in your role and CPD. 

Working for our organisation

Sheffield is at the forefront of transforming access to psychological therapies and providing integrated care for people with long term physical health conditions/symptoms alongside anxiety or depression. Our Primary Care Health and Wellbeing Team brings together experienced IAPT psychological therapists/practitioners and clinical health psychologists – to work closely with health; social care; and third sector colleagues across primary and secondary care in a range of physical health condition pathways (e.g. Diabetes, CHD, CFS/ME, IBS, Pain) to develop and deliver a range of evidence based stepped care interventions for people living with long term physical health conditions/symptoms.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

Assess and supports people with a common mental health problem in the self-management of their recovery.

Undertake patient-centred interviews which identify areas where the person wishes to see change and or recovery and makes an accurate assessment of risk to self and others.

Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the department’s referral protocols, refers unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary or steps-up the person’s treatment to high intensity psychological therapy.

Provide a range of information and support for evidence based high-volume low-intensity psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help computerised CBT, information about pharmacological treatments. This work may be face to face, telephone or via other media.

To complete all mandated session by session outcome measures.

Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary.

Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.

Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.

Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols and use these records and clinical outcome data in clinical decision making.

Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.

Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.

Operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.

Prepare and present clinical information for all patients on their caseload to clinical case management supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the clinical governance obligations of the worker, supervisor and service are delivered.

Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice.

Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and clinical practice.


Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g., NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

Be aware of and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of treatment for common mental health problems.

Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

Keep up to date all records in relation to Continuing Professional Development and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

Ensure all mandatory training is up to date in line with service protocol

The post holder should be comfortable in the use of computer technology, have basic keyboard skills and have the ability to use email. In addition to this the ability to conduct videoconferencing as a treatment option.

Participate in individual performance reviews and respond to agreed individual objectives aligned with meeting the service objectives of achieving all three National IAPT standards on access, waiting times and recovery rates.

To ensure record keeping in line with Sheffield IAPT Standard Operating Procedures. This includes contemporaneous notes completed within 24 hours on the agreed patient record system, checking SHSC patient administration system prior to taking on new patients to check any risk or suitability issues and to send a discharge summary to GP practices once completed treatment.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Post Graduate Certificate Qualification in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions or just about to gain this qualification
  • Desirable criteria

  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a psychological therapy.
  • Psychology or other health related undergraduate degree.
  • Psychology or other health related postgraduate degree
  • IAPT supervisor qualification (or willingness to undertake)
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Evidence of working with people who have experienced a mental health problem
  • Experience of delivering IAPT PWP interventions in a 1:1 face to face clinic; and by telephone.
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters.
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of working in the local community
  • Experience/Interest of delivering and facilitating IAPT specific groups and psycho-educational sessions/courses e.g. Stress Control
  • Experience/Interest of delivering Computerised CBT packages e.g. Silver Cloud
  • Knowledge and Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to carry out risk assessments within scope of practice and mange risk
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Desirable criteria

  • Skilled in adapting IAPT PWP interventions for people where adjustments need to be made e.g. either because of language; hearing/sight impairment or other potential barriers
  • We aim to be an organisation that is diverse and inclusive and to meet this aim we welcome applications from people with a wide range of life experience and whose diversity echoes the diversity of Sheffield, that of the people who use our services, and that of the people who may need to use our services but face barriers to access. Please think about your personal values and how these align with our values when you are applying. Find out more about our organisation through our website.

    We are a Disability Confident employer level 2 and hope to achieve level 3 this year. We offer a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for a role. When you apply you will have the opportunity to let us know if you require adjustments to be made, please contact us if you are not sure or if you require adjustments to the application process itself.

    Our six staff network groups welcome new members, these are:

  • The BAME Staff Network Group
  • The Disabled Staff Network Group
  • The Lived Experience Staff Network Group
  • The Rainbow Staff Network Group
  • The Carers Staff Network Group
  • The Women’s Staff Network Group
  • We know how important flexible working can be to applicants and therefore we encourage you to discuss any working arrangements as part of this process. We will always aim to accommodate requests, wherever possible.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

    When applying for this post you will redirected to complete your application in our preferred applicant management system, Trac. If you are successfully offered a role, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. In addition, in submitting an application, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

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