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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Job Summary

The successful applicant will work within the Pennine Care NHS Tameside & Glossop Talking Therapies service (based in Ashton-u-Lyne, which is in close proximity to Manchester city centre). It is a highly regarded, well-established provider of IAPT services on behalf of the NHS. You will be offering high volume, low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based interventions using a guided self-help model, to clients with depression and/or anxiety problems.

As a key member of the team, you will be valued for your contribution to maintaining our high standards and helping us expand these further through innovative practice. We invest in developing our employees' skills and encourage staff to get involved in projects and career progression.

It is our mission to ensure we deliver an excellent service and work within our trust values of kindness, fairness, ingenuity and determination. We also pride ourselves on ensuring that our employees wellbeing is paramount and through regular and effective supervision monitor this as a priority.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the role

The role requires a Diploma in Low Intensity Psychological interventions or evidence of nearing successful completion of an accredited PWP training course.

The successful candidate will join a well-established IAPT team including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and Counsellors.

The PWP role is highly valued and seen as an integral part of what we do. Our PWP's provide suitability assessments and evidence based Low Intensity CBT interventions for people with common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression through face to face, telephone and digital methods. We offer 1:1, workshops and online treatments.

The post holder will work with people from different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to recognising and valuing diversity and providing equal opportunities for all.

We are keen to develop the skills of our PWPs and there are opportunities to get involved in exciting and innovative projects, such as working with long-term conditions, and for career development.

We offer in house training to ensure ongoing support and skills development is provided.

Daily drop-in supervision sessions are available to provide ample opportunity to support you with your high-volume caseload.

Please note this is for a full time (37.5 hour) post. Flexible working requests will be considered. Opportunities for remote working are also offered.

About us

Working for our Organisation

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We are extremely proud of the work we do at Pennine Care anddo everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities

Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service and develop programmes of care packages.

Undertakes patient-centred interviews which identifies areas where the person wishes to see change and or recovery and makes an accurate assessment of risk to self and others.

Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, refers unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary or steps-up the persons treatment to high intensity psychological therapy.

Provide a range of information and support for evidence based high-volume low intensity psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help, computerised CBT, information about pharmacological treatments. This work may be face to face, over the telephone, in a group, or via other media.

Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary.

Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.

Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.

Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.

Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols and use these records and clinical outcome data in clinical decision making.

Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.

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

Operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.

Prepare and present clinical information for all patients on their caseload to clinical case management supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the clinical governance obligations of the worker, supervisor and service are delivered.

Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice.

Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve

competences and clinical practice.

To participate in relevant operational groups and to carry out work programme streams agreed with the line manager.

This job description is not exhaustive, but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Qualification from PWP Training Course (Post Graduate Certificate or Level 3 undergraduate course) or
  • an experienced and qualified graduate mental health worker with a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care


  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a psychological therapy.
  • Psychology or other health related undergraduate degree.
  • Psychology or other health related postgraduate degree
  • BABCP accreditation



  • Undergraduate experience
  • Experience of routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of working in the local community


  • Evidence of working in the local community
  • Experience of working as a psychological wellbeing practitioner / graduate mental health worker in a primary care setting



  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health / benefits and employment systems
  • Knowledge of child protection issues, safeguarding and other relevant legislation


  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to meet agreed / specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in verbal and written communication Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients


  • Ability to provide services in a variety of settings

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


225 Old Street



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