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Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our small team of Senior PWPs, who provide leadership, development and support to the PWP workforce and the wider management team.

Your work will include Case management supervision of PWPs, clinical work, as well as the opportunity to be at the forefront of promoting our NHS Talking Therapies service fellow professionals and the wider community.

You will be supported by the management team to promote the teams goals, as well as have opportunities to focus on your own goals towards increasing skills and career development.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

  • Maintain a high standard of clinical work within the PWP team, by role modelling good practice and providing skilled and evidence-based case management.
  • Positively promote the services that Barnsley NHS Talking Therapies offer to the local community by ensuring attendance at local events and professional meetings.
  • Maintain the digital presence of Barnsley NHS Talking Therapies by monitoring and improving social media sights.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a new role which aims to offer a career progression for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

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

The post holder will provide Case Management Supervision for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner trainees under the direction of the Senior High Intensity Workers.

  • To offer rapid screening and assessment, informed by knowledge of the spectrum of mental health needs and risk factors.
  • Provide assessment and low intensity interventions eg psycho-educational interventions, Guided Self Help, cCBT to patients registered with Kirklees GP practices/health centres, drawing from CBT theories and techniques.
  • Work with colleagues in secondary mental health and other services locally to ensure the swift/appropriate transfer of patients between services.
  • Provide Case Management supervision to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Trainees.
  • Offer training to Primary Care staff in CBT based interventions.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Ability to manage own time effectively and efficiently, using agile working principles
    • Knowledge of different models of mental health/mental illness
    • Knowledge of NHS policies, procedures and guidelines
    • Knowledge of working with diversity and with black, minority ethnic groups
    • Experience of providing evidence-based practice/clinical governance
    • Knowledge of models of assessment, screening, referral, record-keeping and evidence-based brief psychological interventions
    • Knowledge of Child Protection legislation
    • 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
    • Able to demonstrate regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
    • Experience of undertaking suicide risk assessments
    • 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
    • An understanding of the context of IAPT stepped care
    • Experience of working in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes


    • An awareness of serious mental health presentations (psychosis, bi-polar)
    • Evidence of further training in psychological interventions/therapy
    • Ability to carry out a range of evaluation and monitoring techniques
    • Fluency in a community language other than English
    • Able to work through interpreters



    • Full UK driving licence



    • Ability to demonstrate a range of demonstrable 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 to high volumes of people
    • Consolidated and reflective supervised post-qualifying experience, preferably in NHS or Social Services setting.
    • Significant experience of working with people with common mental health problems
    • Experience of working within the IAPT culture
    • Experience of working with clients who self-harm
    • Experience of working with suicidal clients and of risk management
    • Experience of delivering PWP groups to large numbers of people
    • Experience of undertaking assessments and follow-up work with people over the telephone
    • Substantial experience of IAPT LI Case Management supervision


    • Experience of delivering training to a range of professionals
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary teamwork
    • Experience of partnership working
    • 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
    • Experience of using outcome measures for both clinical and audit purposes



    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)



    • A related degree eg Psychology or a related Diploma eg counselling with substantial experience of using this qualification
    • IAPT Low Intensity Worker/ Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner qualification (Post Graduate Diploma)
    • A qualification in the IAPT LI Case Management Supervision or evidence of commitment to achieve this

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Cudworth Health Centre,

    Rose Tree Avenue,


    South Yorkshire,

    S72 8UA

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