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Specialist Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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This is a rare opportunity for a qualified and experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) to joinour specialist psychotherapy service embedded within Diabetes Care For You- a community diabetes service - covering Brighton, Hove, Lewes, High Weald and the Havens in East Sussex.This is an exciting opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team of consultants, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, psychologists and support staff, and contribute to the development of this innovative service.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist PWP will work with individuals with type 1 or 2 diabetes to improve their psychological wellbeing and diabetes health outcomes. A key aspect of the role is to provide regular telephone triage of referred patients and to manage your own Step 2 caseload delivering low intensity interventions using telephone, on-line and face to face appointments. The role also includes providing psychological input to psycho-educational groups in person and by video call.The Specialist PWP will be required to work very closely with the Psychotherapy Team within the service, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other members of the diabetes MDT. A high level of communication, organisational skills and ability to manage risk is essential along with commitment to improving the health outcomes of patients living with diabetes. We offer support for training regular clinical and peer supervision and membership of the SCFT Psychology Forum.

This role offers an excellent opportunity to develop clinical and service development skills, as well as experience of working within a multidisciplinary team integrating physical and psychological support.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2023 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

A Specialist Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner working within the innovative Diabetes Care For You (DCFY) service, providing high volume, low-intensity talking therapy to people living with diabetes. Holistic care and treatment and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working are embedded within the service.

As part of the small psychotherapy team within the service, provide assessments and interventions for people living with diabetes while experiencing associated mild to moderate emotional distress. Conducting risk assessments as well as psycho-educational interventions to encourage emotional resilience and active engagement in diabetes self-management. Work closely with other psychotherapists who will direct and support the PWP caseload. Responsible for delivering low intensity psychoeducational groups in person and on-line to people living with diabetes.

Our NICE approved interventions are based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with an understanding of the psychological aspects of diabetes. Working with a range of disease specific difficulties from diabetes burn-out and distress to disordered eating, youll provide advice, consultation and joint-working with the wider multi-disciplinary team (MDT). Link with wider primary- and secondary-care mental health local services as required.

2. Communication and working relationships

a) Work alongside the Lead Psychological Practitioner and other psychotherapy colleagues. Daily liaison with administrators and clinicians within the DCFY team, including medics and nurses, dieticians and podiatrists. Provide short-term low-intensity psychotherapy to patients living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Be an advocate for the service and engage and foster good professional relationships within the wider health care system.

b) Communicate sensitive confidential information in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans, monitor progress during interventions. Assess for depression, anxiety and eating disorders in people with diabetes and use on-line questionnaires as appropriate. Support physical health care colleagues with psychologically informed care. Develop positive working relationships across the administrative, operational, and clinical teams. Undertake risk assessment and take appropriate action. Formulate treatment plans for discussion with the Lead Psychological Practitioner.

c) Comprehensive assessment of patients with mild to moderate emotional distress, including assessing for suicidal risk and developing safety plans. Explicitly discuss thoughts, feelings and actions relating to an individuals desire to self-harm and/or engage in suicidal activity. Working skilfully and sensitively with denial and/or avoidance. Telephone triage patients on the psychotherapy waiting list and monitor systematically stepped care within the psychotherapy service to ensure that lower-level interventions are providing significant health gain.

d) Facilitate structured group therapy of patients living with diabetes in person and on-line. Present cases to large MDT, supporting and informing colleagues from a psychological perspective.

3. Main tasks

a) Contribute to the review and management of the psychotherapy waiting list within the DCFY service in line with agreed protocols and guidance. Telephone triage patients on the psychotherapy waiting list and monitor systematically stepped care within the psychotherapy service to ensure that lower-level interventions are providing significant health gain.

a) Make telephone assessments of mild-moderate depression, anxiety, disordered eating, safe-guarding, and risk. Formulate and implement low-intensity treatment plans accordingly eg psycho-educational interventions, guided self-help.

b) Liaise with patients to discuss their referrals and decide and communicate with the patient around their psychotherapy assessment and time-limited treatment arrangements, signposting as necessary.

c) Motivate and emotionally support complex patients living with diabetes to enable positive diabetes management. Using CBT-based methods and motivational-interviewing techniques, enable the development of emotional wellbeing and resilience for adults aged 18 y/o+, living with diabetes.

d) Communicate with MDT colleagues around the action to follow, and record appropriately on computer-based system(s) and patient notes. Utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

e) Receive regular clinical professional supervision and to sit in on psychotherapy assessments and treatment sessions as appropriate.

4. Main responsibilities

a) Work sensitively, constructively and emotionally with patients on the psychotherapy pathway within the DCFY service.

b) Assess for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and risk in people living with diabetes and use questionnaires as appropriate. Regularly liaise with DCFY Lead Psychological Practitioner to discuss suitability of patients for various pathways.

c) Undertake risk assessment and take appropriate action.

d) Formulate treatment plans for discussion with the Lead Psychological Practitioner.

e) Provide regular audits in regard to the key performance indicators (KPIs) for DCFY including the audit and evaluation of therapeutic interventions.

f) Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health

g) Take part in regular clinical supervision in line with professional standards and maintain an active engagement with current developments in the field of CBT and related disciplines. Actively participate in continuing professional development (CPD).

h) Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the accrediting body registered with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

5. Organisation chart

Chief Psychologist

Lead Psychological Practitioner / Clinical Services Manager

Specialist Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Post graduate certificate in adult low-intensity CBT
  • Registered with a professional body as recognised Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
  • Good record of appropriate Continual Professional Development (CPD)
  • Additional training in relevant discipline (eg motivational interviewing long term conditions)


  • Evidence of study/clinical practice in working with people with long term conditions/diabetes



  • Experience of working with the full range of common mental health problems with a commitment to recovery
  • Experience of managing waiting lists
  • Experience of dealing with high volume low intensity psychological work
  • Experience of conducting brief phone assessments and triage for psychological treatment according to service criteria
  • Experience of facilitating groups/workshops


  • Experience of working therapeutically with patients with long term physical health conditions

Skills & Knowledge


  • Skilled in risk assessment and safety management using service protocols and guidance
  • Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media to various audiences
  • Able to demonstrate high standards of record keeping with due regard for NHS confidentiality and data protection and information governance, abiding by codes of ethics and guidance for good practice of professional body


  • Knowledge of the effects on long term physical condition(s) on emotional wellbeing

Other Criteria


  • Commitment to diabetes CPD and learning of the effect of diabetes on emotional wellbeing
  • To be able to use clinical supervision and reflective practice positively and effectively
  • Ability to travel to different clinical sites across Brighton & Hove, High Weald, Lewes & Havens

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Moulsecoomb Health Centre, Hodshrove Lane, BN2 4SE



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