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Band 5 Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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An excellent opportunity for a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) to join Swindon Talking Therapies.

You should have a real interest of working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and with primary health care professionals seeking to improve care and treatment. You will need excellent communication skills and ideally have proven experience of working in the Primary Care setting. You will be involved with, and receive, ongoing in-service training and supervision.

PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) qualification is required or working towards to be accredited within 6 months.

Opportunities for remote/flexible working.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within Swindon Talking Therapies services to provide high-volume low-intensity interventions using brief cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to clients presenting with mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust): a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work within the BSW Talking Therapies services to provide high-volume low-intensity interventions using brief cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to clients presenting with mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety.Clinical:
  • To deliver a minimum of 20 hours a week (pro rate for part-time) of direct clinical work, consisting of assessment and treatment and spanning a variety of formats (1:1, cCBT, courses, telephone, video and face-to-face)
  • To adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimize waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient
  • To provide a fast response, stepped-care, primary care psychology service, under supervision to patients of GPs at nominated surgeries
  • To undertake clientcentred interviews that identifies areas where the person wishes to see change and/or recovery, and make an accurate assessment of risk to self and others
  • To make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the services referral protocols and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service, or back to the referral agent as necessary, or step-up the persons treatment to High-Intensity
  • To educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary
  • To attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate
  • To complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service
  • To keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols
  • To 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
  • To assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process
  • To operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognizes and respects diversity
  • To 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
  • To respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice
  • To engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competencies and clinical practice
  • To liaise with training providers as appropriate
  • To maintain clinical record in line with service guidance
  • To complete IAPT and LTHC clinical measures, patient outcome and patient satisfaction measures in line with service policy

  • To participate in the BSW Talking Therapies service business and professional meetings as required
  • To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directives of the Department, Service and Trust
  • To maintain and further develop high standards of psychology practice through co-operative work with other practitioners and psychologists and involvement in professional audit
  • To comply with NHS, AWP and appropriate professional bodys (such as BABCP or BPS) Code of Conduct and Values, as well as procedures and government legislation as it applies to the service

Clinical Governance:
  • To support the Head of Service in the development and implementation of effective Clinical Governance across the Psychology Service
  • To support and participate in multidisciplinary audit in the service
  • To promote the use of effective interventions in the service
  • To participate in the Clinical Governance processes in the service and in the profession
  • To participate in liaison meetings with GPs and other members of the Primary Care Health Teams as appropriate
  • To meet with the link worker from Primary Care Liaison Service as appropriate
  • To train other staff as appropriate
  • To participate in audit and personal review activity as required
  • To enter date on surgery computer and IAPTUS data systems
  • To compile and return statistics and activity levels every month
  • To undertake mandatory and in-house training as might be required to maintain an appropriate level of expertise
  • To participate in individual and peer supervision, both process and case management
  • To participate in the research activities of the service, where required
  • To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directions of the department, service and Trust
  • To contribute to the running and development of the service as agreed with the Head of Service

Person Specification



  • Qualification as a PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) OR eligible for accreditation with the BPS/BABCP as a PWP OR eligible for accreditation as a CBT therapist with the BABCP and registration with the relevant professional body


  • Training in CBT



  • Proven experience of working effectively with adults who have experienced a mental health problem
  • Awareness of stepped care approaches.
  • Understanding of common mental health problems and their management in primary care.


  • Experience working with voluntary agencies



  • High standard of verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team
  • Own full driving license with access to vehicle that can be used for work purposes

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Old Town Surgery (2nd floor)

Curie Avenue



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