MBCT in NHS Talking Therapies services (formerly IAPT)

With our partners at Exeter University, Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness, and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, we run a one-year training programme to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in NHS Talking Therapies services (formerly IAPT).

Face to face and online training

The MBCT teacher training is delivered in three or four sites across England, through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. The teaching, supervision and five-day retreat are fully funded by NHS England.

Teaching within NHS Talking Therapies

On successful completion of the training, staff will be able to deliver this NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approved, evidence-based, therapeutic approach within NHS Talking Therapies services. This intervention can be used for people with mild to moderate depression, and as a relapse prevention intervention for people with recurrent depression.

The teacher training is for high intensity cognitive behaviour therapists with:

  • at least one year’s post-qualification experience working in NHS Talking Therapies services;
  • an established personal mindfulness practice;
  • experience of doing the MBCT course as a participant.

Diversity welcome and positively encouraged

We are enriched by people’s diversity on our training and would particularly welcome applications from people from underrepresented communities.

Application process

Please note that each trainee must fill out a trainee application form. Single or multiple trainee applications from the same service must be accompanied by a single service application form completed by the NHS Talking Therapies service lead where those trainees work.

Successful graduates of the training will meet the NHS England requirement for NHS Talking Therapies staff teaching MBCT to register with the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA).

More information

For more information, please see Marx, R., Menzies, P. Symon, R. Turner, S. & Pound, A. (2023). MBCT training in IAPT: the experience of the first UK government funded teacher training programme. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 16, e8, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1754470X23000028

Further information on the training content can be found in the training information and curriculum below, or by contacting the training site lead for your area:

Dr Paul Bernard (paul.bernard@nhs.net) for the North (North East and North West, including Cheshire, Yorkshire and Humberside and further north).

Dr Tim Sweeney (tim.sweeney@nottshc.nhs.uk) and Kate Feenan (Kathryn.Feenan@nottshc.nhs.uk) for Central England (Midlands and East of England, including Stafford, Derby, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire and as far south as, and including, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Essex, East Anglia and Hertfordshire).

Dr Nicole Jamani (N.Jamani@exeter.ac.uk) for the South and South-West (including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and further south-west).

Dr Robert Marx (robert.marx@spft.nhs.uk) for the South (covering Greater London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Isle of Wight, the Thames Valley, including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the south-west).

Support group

Trainees and alumni on the programme can join the NHS in Talking Therapies support for integrity in teaching and training (SiTT) group. The group meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 4 to 5pm. The facilitator is Jan Feeley. You can find details here: https://www.sitt.community/sitt-groups.

Application information

Here is all the information and forms needed to apply for the training to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as part of NHS Talking Therapies services.

Application form for Trainees (word document)

Application form for Service Leads (word document)

Training curriculum 2024-25 (pdf)

Equality monitoring form (word document)

MBCT in IAPT complaints procedure (pdf)

Supervisor training information (word document)

Application form for Supervisor Role (word document)

Handbooks and training materials

Here you can find all the materials that you may need while training to teach MBCT as part of NHS Talking Therapies services.

Applying for an assessment of competency to teach MBCT for NHS Talking Therapies Trainees (pdf)

IAPT MBCT Supervisors Handbook (word document)

The mindfulness-based interventions: Teaching and learning companion (pdf)

Mindfulness based interventions: Teacher assessment criteria

Addendum to the mindfulness-based interventions: Teaching assessment criteria (MBI:TAC) for assessing online delivery of mindfulness-based programmes (pdf)

Information governance guidance relating to the creation, storage, transmission and deletion of clinical recordings (pdf)

Consent to recording form appendix 1 & 2 (word)

Supervision record (word)

Contract for supervision of mindfulness-based teaching and practice (word)

Logbook (word)

Supervision feedback template (word)

Considerations embedding MBCT in IAPT (pdf)

Recruitment for MBCT groups for IAPT trainees (pdf)

Patient flyer (pdf)

Information sheet (pdf)