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Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, West Sussex
Depending on experience £33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023
Are you a Senior PWP seeking a new role or PWP with significant post-qualification experience seeking career progression? Then look no further! Join NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies and help us continue building on our success working with adults with anxiety disorders & depression in a primary care setting. You will provide case management and clinical skills supervision to a team of qualified and trainee PWPs, with a strong emphasis on developing our trainees. You will also manage a patient caseload offering high quality, evidence-based low intensity interventions and assessments by telephone, video, face to face, groups and online. As one of the country's leading IAPT services, we lead the way in the provision of NICE recommended psychological therapies, are focused on clinical excellence, innovation, and collaborative working. We offer:
  • Excellent CPD and career development opportunities
  • Regular support, supervision and training
  • Opportunity to engage in a number of interesting and social activities led by a Wellbeing lead in each locality
Our South Team covers Shoreham, Lancing, Worthing and Littlehampton. We provide services Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm with plenty of opportunities to work flexible hours and staff have laptops and mobiles allowing for office and home working flexibility.

Main duties of the job

Provide assessment and evidenced based Low intensity interventions eg psycho-educational interventions, Guided Self Help, computerised CBT to patients who access NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies drawing from CBT theories and techniques.

Provide in depth risk assessment and management of patients referred to service, managing Safeguarding Children and Protection of Vulnerable Adults referrals, and liaising with GPs and Specialist secondary care services to ensure the safety of the patient or others.

Provide case management and group based clinical supervision to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.

Work with more complex / severe presenting difficulties of patients accessing Step 2 level ofinterventions.

Provide a service that is equitable, non-discriminatory and accessible to a broad range of patients who have common mental health problems and who are over 18 years of age.

Support GPs and other primary care workers in making appropriate referrals

To work with colleagues to formulate, implement and evaluate therapy plans for patients.

To maintain a varied clinical caseload within agreed limits and supervision.

About us

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest provider of community healthcare services in Sussex. We employ 5,000 staff and provide community services to a population of 1.3 million people. All NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies staff ensure that the service ethos of placing patients at the centre of service delivery and promoting mental wellbeing and emotional resilience is central to the Team's activity. We employ a dedicated IAPT database (IAPTUS) to ensure accurate data collection and record keeping. Coastal West Sussex is a stunning area surrounded by the South Downs and Coast. Our bases are on local bus / train routes making commuting convenient, with regular services from and to Brighton, Chichester, Crawley and we are approx. 90 minutes from London. Our South locality is based in Worthing (the new Brighton as reported in national media recently) and we work closely with our teams in the West and North of the county. As part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, we have:
  • Positive NHS Staff Survey results
  • CQC rates our quality of services as good with outstanding features
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Flexible working options, including career breaks, parental leave and adoption leave
  • Thriving BAME, Disability, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Disability Confident Employer, committed to creating inclusive workplaces

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details. about the job and the main responsibilities.
As a member of the senior team you will use your skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to providing psychological therapies in a role where you can influence the development of clinicians, services and hold your own caseload. You will be fully supported by our management and clinical leads and surrounded by a friendly, highly competent supportive workforce. We have taken time to create a model and culture in our service which ensures that you are happy in your work. NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies is a psychology led service that maintains strong working links with psychologists working in the rest of the Trust and with our community stakeholders in primary and secondary care. NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies staff work within community bases and health centres. Each of our bases has excellent public transport links and are in thriving South Coast towns with close proximity to the sea.

Person Specification



  • IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner qualification
  • Training in Risk assessment and management


  • A qualification or substantial experience in Professional clinical supervision



  • Knowledge of different mental health presentations / problems
  • Knowledge of NHS polices, procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge of clinical governance
  • Models of assessment, screening, referral, record - keeping and evidence based brief psychological interventions.
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and their use for clinical and audit purposes
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children and Protection of Vulnerable Adults legislation
  • Knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Awareness of serious mental health presentations [psychosis, bi-polar]


  • Evidence of further training in psychological interventions.



  • Significant experience of working with people with common mental health problems [minimum 2 years]
  • Ability to demonstrate a range of post qualifying experience [minimum 1 year] in delivering the full range of evidence based IAPT low intensity interventions
  • Consolidated and reflective supervised post qualification experience of 1 year minimum preferably in an NHS, primary care or community setting.
  • Evidence of working within a Stepped Care model of service providing NICE compliant interventions for Anxiety / Depression. [ 2 year minimum]
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working within set criteria and referring to other services as appropriate
  • Experience of delivering training to a range of professionals
  • Experience of partnership working.
  • Experience of working with suicidal clients and of risk management
  • Experience in drug/alcohol management
  • Experience of working with clients and families subject to Safeguarding Children or Protection of Vulnerable Adults legislation and policy.
  • Experience of working with primary care staff [Practice Nurses, health Visitors, Community Matrons]
  • Experience of screening, assessing and working with a wide spectrum of mental health issues and working with moderate severity of common mental health problems.
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Experience of and ability to provide leadership / mentorship / supervision


  • Experience of working within the IAPT program.
  • Experience of working in Primary Care setting
  • Experience of working in 3rd sector mental health setting
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries, liaison and networking.

Key Skills/Abilities


  • The capacity to develop and utilise core psychological approaches within 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 patients, in own personal and professional development and in supervision.
  • Able to develop a good therapeutic relationship with patients
  • Ability to listen to sensitive, emotional and distressing accounts from patients within the context of therapeutic intervention.
  • Ability to communicate difficult and potentially distressing information to patients in a sensitive, empathetic manner.
  • Ability to remain focused and concentrate intensely for prolonged periods of time whilst working with vulnerable and distressed patients.
  • Ability to teach large groups of patients and relatives, as part of psycho educational workshops.
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time effectively.
  • Ability to maintain a healthy work - life balance to ensure own wellbeing.
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for the individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, both verbally, in writing and over the telephone
  • Ability to liaise and network with a wide range of organisations and members of the public
  • Competent IT skills including word processing and database packages
  • Ability to use outcome measures for clinical and audit purposes.


  • Fluency in a community language other than English
  • Ability to support and develop trainee and junior staff through case management supervision, skills training and reflective practice groups.

Equal Opportunities


  • Ability to work cross-culturally
  • Knowledge of working with diversity and knowledge of working with black, minority ethnic groups


  • Ability to work through interpreters
  • Experience of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, and / or the Hard to Reach communities

Other Requirements


  • High level of enthusiasm and
  • Willingness to
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