PG Diploma in High Intensity CBT PG Diploma in High Intensity CBT

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS programme that aims to relieve psychological distress and transform lives through supporting primary Care Mental Health services in implementing National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for treating people with anxiety disorders and depression.

The Postgraduate Diploma (High Intensity Therapist IAPT training programme) follows a national curriculum commissioned by the Department of Health to deliver CBT training to staff the workforce required to roll out the IAPT programme nationally. The UEA was a first-wave training site and is committed to training High Intensity Therapists (HIT) to be able to deliver NICE-recommended therapies within primary care mental health.

This full time training course involves attending the UEA two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with three days a week on placement in an IAPT service.

Through intensive training in CBT the programme aims to develop trainees to a high level of skill in becoming independent CBT practitioners to work effectively in IAPT services.

For further information, visit the IAPT Website.

Student Testamonials HIT-IAPT Cohort - 2014-15

“High Intensity IAPT training can be challenging at times and you feel you’ll never get it, but you will and all the hard work and stress pays off. Don’t give up.”

“It’s been the hardest, but the best thing I have ever done.”

“My advice is to strike a balance between university, work and life and have fun. Be organised from the beginning, and make sure you keep notes and logs up-to-date.”

“The course has made me a more reflective, competent and confident practitioner.”

“It’s a challenging course but it’s life changing! It’s worth it.”

“I found it a thoroughly enjoyable course, with great support, knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers, which made learning fun.” 

“I see the end of the course as the beginning of my career as a High Intensity Therapist, there’s so much more I need to learn. I plan to consolidate what I have learned over the next year.”


Interviews will be organised by the employing NHS Trust and a UEA representative will be present.

NHS IAPT services and UEA are committed to values-based recruitment reflected in the NHS Constitution and the 6 Cs: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment.

These core values will be assessed at interview.

How to Apply

We do not accept direct applications for this programme. For IAPT training positions, visit NHS Jobs.

For further details of the Postgraduate Diploma CBT Primary Care Mental Health please contact Marie Chellingsworth, Executive Director of CBT/IAPT.