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IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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We are looking to recruit Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to join a high performing and creative team. The team comprises a PWP team lead, 3 PWP managers, 4 senior PWPs, qualified PWPs and trainee / apprentice PWPs. This is an opportunity for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) to develop their career in the Low Intensity service. This role involves offering evidence-based practice in delivering low intensity interventions such as guided self-help (6-8 sessions) and computerised CBT (SilverCloud) within an IAPT service. We also value experience or interest of delivering therapy in a group format.

Main duties of the job

PWPs will contribute towards taking on areas of special interest. Some of the current ones we have are long term health conditions, BME, LGBTIQ+, perinatal and service user involvement. We have regular training opportunities for PWP providing teaching and CPD from peers, senior colleagues and external trainers. Each PWP receives three types of supervision: weekly case management supervision of caseload weekly dispersal supervision of triage assessments monthly clinical skills supervision quarterly reflective practice.

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

These vacancies are offered as permanent posts, 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.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Post Graduate qualification in Primary Care Mental Health work or IAPT PWP Training or equivalent
  • All applicants need to be registered with the BABCP within 6 months of qualifying
  • PWP trainee therapists must complete their training within 3 months of our offer and a band 4 position would be offered initially. On confirmation of passing the relevant PWP training course, a band 5 position would be offered. If the completion of the course does not occur within 3 months of the offer, we would close the contract
  • All applicants need to be registered with the BABCP within 6 months of qualifying. If the accreditation does not occur within the specified time, we would close the contract



  • Worked with people who have had mental health difficulties specifically anxiety and depression.
  • Worked in a setting where there was a need to liaise with other agencies and services
  • Assessment - Has received training (either formal or through experience) resulting in the ability to carry out agreed assessments which are conducted within service protocols
  • Intervention Planning - has received training (either formal or through experience) so that appropriate interventions can be planned with the service user
  • Risk Assessment has received training to carry out risk assessments
  • Demonstrate competence is developing risk management plans
  • Low intensity interventions: has training and hands on clinical experience to a level where Cognitive and Behavioural interventions and approaches can be implemented for an evidence based agreed range of difficulties
  • Basic training/ experience in use of computers for data entry, communication and seeking information
  • Experience in using complex IT systems for case management.
  • Supervision - Has received training (either formal of through experience) on how to utilise supervision in the workplace
  • Recent training in health and safety, child protection and clinical governance issues
  • Is able to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities for all and encourage active participation in every aspect of care and treatment


  • Experience liaising within complex talking therapy services
  • Previous experience in primary care
  • Worked in a service where return to work and work retention was an element of the duties

Knowledge and Skills


  • Possess a knowledge base related to an evidence based psychological therapy related to this post e.g. low intensity Cognitive and Behavioural interventions
  • Knowledge of anxiety and depression
  • Possess an understanding of the main medications used and their side effects in the treatment of anxiety and depression
  • Understands the concept of stepped care and how it relates to the care of people experiencing common MH problems
  • Understanding of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies agenda
  • Ability to carry out assessment as outlined in the job description
  • Able to elicit information from a client surrounding a wide range of potential difficulties that may be causing difficulty for the service user
  • Able to use computers for data entry, seeking information and communication purposes
  • Large group public education skills
  • Able to carry out intervention planning as described in the job description
  • Able to carry out Low intensity interventions
  • Able to keep clear concise records of interventions
  • Familiarity with and able to use the stepped care model
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues service users carers and relatives
  • Able to use problem solving techniques in a variety of situations
  • Able to manage own time and case load
  • Good administration skills
  • Understands and demonstrates health and safety in the workplace
  • Able to demonstrate values based practice for issues of diversity including and not limited to age, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and culture.
  • Able to work with interpreters to deliver services


  • Knowledge of UK benefits and employment systems
  • Fluent in a language other than English - please state all languages you could deliver therapy in
  • Experience participating in clinical audit
  • Experience of working in stepped care environment
  • Experience of working with people from diverse communities
  • Experience of working with interpreters

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Keen to develop own skills and knowledge
  • Able to change own practice in light of understanding gained through experience, training and supervision
  • Able to manage own personal stress working in a service with numerous demands on self
  • Demonstrate keenness to be part of a service which is demonstrating and developing best practice
  • Ability to accept delegated responsibility
  • Commitment to client group
  • Possess cognitive and intellectual ability to take part in any required training
  • Prepared to take part in own Individual Performance review which will take into account ongoing career development
  • Demonstrates the ability to respond to people's needs sensitively particularly with regard to all aspects of diversity

Value Base


  • Understanding and able to demonstrate how issues surrounding social inclusion, occupation and work can affect mental health
  • Able to work in partnership with service users, relatives, carers and service providers including members of own team/service
  • Respects diversity in the workplace
  • Is able to practice ethically within a professional frame of reference
  • Is able to recognise and understand inequalities and work with service users to understand the impacts of inequality
  • Promotes recovery at all times
  • Able to recognise individual strengths and needs in service users, relatives, carers, self and team
  • Promotes safety and positive risk taking
  • A strong positive approach to their own professional and personal development

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham Talking Therapies

121 Balaam Street, Plaistow


E13 8AF

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