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Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic and motivated Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) to join our team at Brent Talking Therapies. We are a large, well established service based in a diverse and vibrant borough of London. Our service provides low and high intensity therapies at Step 2 and Step 3, alongside our Step 3 counselling service. We are passionate about the work we do and care provided to service users, and work by the trust values of compassion, respect, empowerment and partnership. Our team is key in the work we do and service provided to the population of Brent.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team. You will work with the Step 2 leads and will be involved in delivering day-to-day coordination and supervision of PWP's within the service. This includes providing caseload management and supervision to trainee and qualified PWP's. You will also co-ordinate existing Step 2 workshops, support service development with new in-house and community workshops, and carrying a clinical caseload.

You will receive regular clinical supervision and support from a qualified therapist and work closely with other clinical practitioners within the team. Brent Talking Therapies has close links with all CNWL Talking Therapies services, as well as, wider links with other mental health teams within Brent. We have a strong tradition of supporting staff development and further progression onto higher training.

About us

The catchment area of the post is the London borough of Brent. The main hub for the service is based at Fairfields House in Kingsbury and there is a satellite hub at Bell House in Willesden Green. You will be required to work across both hubs and in other parts of the borough, e.g. GP surgeries and community settings.

We operate an agile working policy where staff combine remote working and being on-site to deliver face-to-face appointments and other service commitments that require a hub-based presence. The post-holder will work full-time hours and may be required to work at any times between 8am and 8pm on weekdays including an evening clinic as required by the service.Wellbeing is important within our service and we are a collaborative and cohesive team. We have a dedicated wellbeing group within the service to help support individuals' and the wider team wellbeing.

Benefits of working for CNWL include:o 27 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous serviceo NHS discounto Opportunities for career progressiono New starters will have a 13-week probation period which is a supportive process to allow individuals to learn and work within the key aspects of their role over a period of time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to job description and person specification for the full range of responsibilities for the role of Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

3. Key Responsibilities:3.1 Clinical1. To offer rapid screening and assessment, informed by knowledge of the spectrum of mental health needs and risk factors.2. To make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to thereferral agent as necessary or step up the persons treatment to high intensitypsychological therapy.3. To manage waiting-lists and capacity within the low intensity service through co-ordination of groups and other interventions across Brent4. To identify and oversee the development of best practice within the low intensity service, leading, co-coordinating resources and protocols within the service, including working with the Clinical lead and deputy Leads to identify and manage service gaps or obstacles5. 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.6. Provide assessment and Low intensity interventions eg psycho-educational interventions, Guided Self Help, computerised CBT and group based CBT treatments to patients registered with GP practices/health centres and or resident in the borough of Brent, drawing from CBT theories and techniques.

Person Specification



  • Must have a qualification from PWP Training Course from a BABCP accredited provider (Post Graduate Certificate or Level 3 undergraduate course)


  • Additional training in CBT including supervision
  • A qualification of substantial experience in Professional Supervision



  • Substantial experience of working as a PWP with people in mental health problems in a primary care setting
  • Ability to demonstrate a range of post-qualifying experiences in offering and delivering the range of evidence-based IAPT low intensity interventions such as computerised CBT and guided self help and group psycho-education.
  • Experience of delivering training to a range of professionals
  • Experience of working with clients who present with risk issues and of risk management.
  • Knowledge of NHS Talking Therapies KPIs and performance indicators.
  • Experience of group based interventions.
  • Consolidated and reflective supervised post-qualifying experience, preferably in NHS or Social Services setting
  • Experience of working within the IAPT culture and knowledge of IAPT targets and performance indicators
  • Substantial experience of multi-disciplinary teamwork


  • Evidence of working within a service development role and the ability to co-ordinate across the service.
  • Previous line management experience
  • Experience of and ability to provide mentor/supervisor role
  • Experience in drug/alcohol management
  • Experience of supervising others within a therapy setting of helping profession such as social work nursing
  • Experience of working in a Primary Care Mental Health setting
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Experience of screening, assessing and working with a wide spectrum of mental health issues and working with people with moderate common mental health problems
  • Experience of co-working with general nurses and health visitors in a Primary Care setting



  • The capacity to adapt core psychological approaches to the primary care culture, incorporating a range of skills to meet a broad spectrum of presenting issues
  • Ability to be self reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work cross culturally and with interpreters
  • Able to communicate clearly and persuasively, both verbally and in writing
  • Clinical risk assessment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Risk assessment and management skills
  • Ability to, liaise and network with a wide range of organizations and members of the public
  • Basic IT skills, including word processing and database packages
  • Ability to use outcome measures for both clinical and audit purposes


  • Ability to carry out a range of evaluation and monitoring techniques
  • Fluency in a community language other than English
  • Able to work through interpreters



  • Knowledge of different models of mental health/mental illness
  • Knowledge of NHS policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge of working with diversity and knowledge of working with black, minority ethnic groups
  • Evidence-based practice/clinical governance
  • Models of assessment, screening, referral, record keeping and evidence-based brief psychological intervention
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and their use for clinical and audit purposes
  • Knowledge of Child Protection and safeguarding legislation


  • An awareness of serious mental health presentations (psychosis, bi-polar)
  • Evidence of further training in psychological interventions/therapy



  • An understanding of the context of IAPT stepped care
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time


  • Fluent in languages other than English

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


CNWL Talking Therapies Service Brent, Fairfields House

Fairfields House, Roe Green



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