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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£17,044 to £20,748 a year p.a.
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
Fixed-term/Secondment to the Safeguarding Families Together team. This new model brings together key skilled professionals to support the family with their needs including mental health and ultimately hopefully by working in a wrap around effect with other different services it will ultimately reduce the number of children who are taken into care.

If you would like to see the difference that providing the right support can make to a family's life then please go to:

Reduced Caseload & Less Paperwork

The SFT model is based on delivering intervention and support. It means social workers and adult professionals can focus on doing what they are trained to do, without getting bogged down in bureaucracy and paperwork. By having professionals from different disciplines working under one roof, our teams are able to work closely together, minimising time spent on making referrals to other agencies for support.

Shared Responsibility & Professional Support

It also means that the responsibility for a family is shared among a team of professionals, reducing the risk placed on any one individual. Instead, social workers, Child and Family Workers, domestic abuse practitioners & officers, recovery workers, mental health practitioners and psychologists all work closely together to support families and keep children safe. All workers participate in group supervision and contribute to analysis and decision making.

Main duties of the job

The SFT Families together team aims to keep the highest risk children and families in Dorset together safely, improve health and educational outcomes for the children and reduce physical and emotional harm in families.

The SFT teams are made up of social care practitioners and adult specialists to work with parents in relation to domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse.

These teams will work together to support families to keep together where it is safe to do so. Our approach is to support families using a technique of motivational interviewing which is designed to empower and engage parents to make the positive changes needed to achieve improved outcomes for their children and their own wellbeing. Motivational Interviewing training will be provided . By meeting the complex needs of the adults, we can reduce the risk to children.

The SFT Teams will include a range of specialists who will work alongside our Social Workers and Child and Family Workers . As a PWP in the team you will be :

Engaging with parents open to SFT team

Conducting PWP Assessments,

Use Motivational interviewing skills to maintain engagement

Utilise Step GSH step 2 techniques where appropriate

Attend group based MDT supervision on top of your own ccms supervision.

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification

Car owner / driver


  • Level 2

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to be self reflective whilst working with service users in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Will have an excellent telephone manner

Skills / Experience / Knowledge base


  • Experience of working with people who have experienced a mental health problem
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication.
  • Able to write clear reports and letters
  • Able to evaluate and put in place the effect of training.
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including telephone skills
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Demonstrates and understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care

Educational Requirements / Qualifications


  • Qualification from PWP Training Course [Post Graduate Certificate or Level 3 undergraduate course]. Or Equivalent e.g. experienced and qualified graduate mental health worker with relevant primary care experiences and competencies as required.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset Council

Colliton Park



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