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Location: Midlands

Salary: £32,306 Band 6

Hours: 37

Job Summary

SignHealth is a passionate and unique Deaf led charity, committed to creating a future where there are no barriers to good health and wellbeing for Deaf people. Our Psychological Therapy Service delivers NHS England’s National BSL Talking Therapies (IAPT) Service.

We deliver therapy directly in British Sign Language (BSL) to Deaf patients without the need for interpreters. We support people who are having difficulty in coping and who may be suffering from a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or a phobia.

Applicants must be fluent in BSL. This must be demonstrated on your application and will be further tested at interview, applications that do not demonstrate fluency in BSL will not be considered.

The Trainee CBT position includes undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Coventry University.

You can find out more about the training at – https://www.coventry.ac.uk/course- structure/pg/hls/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-pgdipmsc/

From January 2023 you will attend University 2 days per week and spend the rest of the week learning and practicing the skills and techniques to become a qualified HIT Step 3 CBT Therapist. You will be homebased but due to the nature of our work as a national provider we are looking for someone based in the Midlands region. If you do not live in this area you must be willing to travel and attend university alongside providing face-to-face clinical sessions in this area where necessary.

Upon successfully completing your training and qualifying you will become a Band 7 HIT CBT Therapist.

To study this course, you must have a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes via a ‘KSA’ portfolio. For further information on BABCP core professions please visit – https://babcp.com/Accreditation/Provisional- Accreditation/Core-Professions

PWPs should have a minimum of two years post qualification experience in line with national IAPT guidelines.

All other KSA candidates must have at least 2 years of relevant mental health related work experience, as well as a range of formal and informal training to have met the KSA standards.

Further information on KSA standards – https://babcp.com/Accreditation/Provisional-Accreditation/Knowledge-Skills-and-Attitudes/KSA- Guidelines

If you are invited to an interview you must provide evidence that you can study at postgraduate level and satisfy course entry requirements.

Key Dates

Deadline for applications – 16 September 2022.

University Academic Screening Day – 12 October 2022

Interviews – 1 November 2022

Course start – 16 January 2023

Main Duties

The position includes undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Coventry University , two days per week over one academic year. Three days per week will be spent working for the service gaining invaluable experience working with people from the Deaf community. The course requires self-directed study and so the ability to integrate study with clinical practice is important. We work closely with the University to ensure a joined-up approach to training and supervision.

About us

SignHealth are a passionate and unique Deaf led charity, committed to creating a future where there are no barriers to good health and well-being for Deaf people. Established over 30 years ago in response to a lack of services for Deaf people with mental health issues, we now deliver a wide range of vital, specialist services designed by Deaf people for Deaf people in the UK.

Services are provided directly in British Sign Language (BSL), and we work tirelessly to identify areas of need within our Deaf community, implementing key initiatives to ensure the Deaf community have the same access to healthcare as hearing people.


We will work alongside you during your career with SignHealth to maximise your full potential with Training and Development to help you become the best you! Working with your Line Manager you will receive an in depth induction to give you great insight into our charity and what we do.

Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do! It’s not just about our clients, it’s about you too.

Being a SignHealth employee you will also receive:

  • 25 Days of Annual Leave, pro rata for part time staff
  • 2 Wellbeing Days, pro rata for part time staff
  • 5 days per year paid study leave
  • Long service annual leave rewards
  • Free DBS Certificate
  • Sick pay
  • Pension scheme where we pay 6% upon completion of probationary period
  • Eye care vouchers

Offers of work are subject to: Enhanced DBS checks, satisfactory references and Medical Health Clearance.

Key Checklist before submitting your application:

  • Fluent in British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Ability to study at postgraduate level
  • Core Profession and/or the ability to demonstrate your KSA
  • Passionate about improving Deaf people’s health and wellbeing
  • Comfortable training whilst being homebased
  • Reside in the Midlands area (See NHS Regions map below)
  • Start University in January 2023

Let’s get you onboard to start your SignHealth Journey!

If this sounds like a position you would be interested in, we would love to hear from you. We positively encourage applicants from Deaf people.

To apply, please contact Gareth Griffiths at ggriffiths@signhealth.org.uk with your CV and Supporting Statement. Application deadline 16 September 2023.

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