Senior IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Band 6 Senior IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

We are looking to recruit a Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) to join a busy and high performing team. This is an opportunity for a PWP with substantial post qualification experience, who is committed to this model to develop their career in the low intensity service. This role involves case management supervision of PWPs and Trainees to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery is maintained.

The post holder will have a sufficient post qualification to demonstrate a high level of skill and expertise as well as offer high volume evidence-based practice in the delivering low intensity interventions within an IAPT service. You will also have completed the IAPT Supervisor Training course.

The post holder will assist the PWP Team Lead and Senior PWP Lead in the organisation and co-ordination of Low Intensity interventions for people with common mental health problems. The post holder will also be expected to keep up to date with new innovations and developments in PWP practice.

The vacancy is offered as a permanent post, with the expectation that all clinical staff work one late evening per week (12pm until 8pm). We currently offer blended working, working from both home and from the office. We will continue to review this approach in line with future service needs.

Main duties of the job

To offer rapid screening and risk assessment, informed by knowledge of the spectrum of common mental health problems and step 2 intervention suitability.

Conduct risk assessments, prepare risk management plans and initiate appropriate action where indicated (including requests for mental health act assessment, referrals to relevant secondary care services, social services or safe guarding team).

Provide Step 2 interventions based on Guided Self Help including well-being classes or workshops, booklets, computerised CBT to patients registered with GP practices/health centres and or resident in Newham, drawing from CBT theories and techniques.

Provide a service that is comprehensive and accessible to a broad range of patients who have commonplace mental health problems and who are over 16 years of age.

Support GPs and other primary care workers in making appropriate referrals and in carrying out the mental health aspects of their own roles.

Make appropriate referrals to other service providers in the statutory and voluntary sectors and redirect patients to other sources of appropriate support within the local community as required.

Provide a service that is flexible as far as possible in terms of clinic hours, enabling, where possible, at least one clinic to be run outside normal working hours.

Offer training to Primary Care staff in CBT based interventions.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please do kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to this vacancy.

Please contact Aleksandra Hristova, Step 2 Lead if you would like to have an informal discussion/have any further queries about the role.

Person Specification



  • A related degree, e.g. Psychology with a either a Post Graduate Cert/Dip in Mental Health or Equivalent
  • IAPT Low intensity worker/ psychological wellbeing practitioner qualification
  • Training in risk Assessment


  • BABCP PWP Accreditation
  • Training in CBT
  • PWP Supervision training
  • A qualification or substantial experience in Professional Supervision



  • Experience in receiving and offering IAPT case management to PWPs
  • Experience of setting up relationships and delivering step 0-2 interventions with organisations within the community
  • Significant experience of assessing and working with adults with common mental health problems
  • Ability to demonstrate a range of post-qualifying experiences in offering and delivering the range of evidence-based IAPT low intensity interventions such as computerised CBT and guided self-help and group psycho-education
  • Consolidated and reflective supervised post-qualifying experience, preferably in NHS or Social Services setting.
  • Experience of delivering training to a range of professionals
  • Experience of 'partnership working'
  • Experience of working with clients who self-harm
  • Substantial experience of multi-disciplinary teamwork
  • Experience of working with suicidal clients and of risk management
  • Experience of working within the IAPT culture


  • Experience in drug/alcohol management
  • Experience of supervising others within a therapy setting of helping profession such as social work nursing
  • Experience of working in a Primary Care Mental Health setting
  • Experience of working in a 3rd Sector Mental Health setting
  • Experience of dealing with clients whose children are subject to Child Protection legislation
  • Experience of co-working with general nurses and health visitors in a Primary Care setting
  • Experience of Healthy Living initiatives
  • Experience of screening, assessing and working with a wide spectrum of mental health issues and working with people with moderate common mental health problems.
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Experience of and ability to provide mentor/supervisor role



  • Knowledge of different models of mental health/mental illness
  • Knowledge of NHS policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge of working with diversity and knowledge of working with black, minority ethnic groups
  • Evidence-based practice/clinical governance
  • Models of assessment, screening, referral, record-keeping and evidence-based brief psychological intervention
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and their use for clinical and audit purposes
  • Knowledge of Child Protection legislation


  • An awareness of serious mental health presentations (psychosis, bi-polar)
  • Evidence of further training in psychological interventions/therapy



  • The capacity to adapt core psychological approaches to the primary care culture, incorporating a range of skills to meet a broad spectrum of presenting issues
  • Clinical risk assessment
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Ability to work cross-culturally
  • Able to communicate clearly and persuasively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to, liaise and network with a wide range of organizations and members of the public
  • Basic IT skills, including word processing and database packages
  • Ability to use outcome measures for both clinical and audit purposes


  • Ability to carry out a range of evaluation and monitoring techniques
  • Fluency in a community language other than English
  • Able to work through interpreters



  • An understanding of the context of IAPT stepped care
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time


  • Fluent in languages other than English

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