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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Band 5

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year PA
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a training role within the Improving Access to Psychological therapies Programme (IAPT).

IAPT service delivery is predicated on a stepped care model, delivering interventions recommended by NICE and set out in the IAPT Manual. IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counselling trainees will work in NHS commissioned IAPT services, complete the IAPT national curriculum for High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counsellors and provide a portion of the high intensity interventions of the service, delivering one of the following IAPT-approved modalities, based on the specific training pathway of the that they undertake within the national curriculum: Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD), Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for Depression (DIT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT) or Person-Centred Experiential - Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD).

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to join a high performing and creative team. The team comprises a PWP team lead, 3 PWP managers, 3 senior PWPs, qualified PWPs and trainee PWPs. This is an opportunity for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) to develop their career in the Low Intensity service. This role involves offering evidence-based practice in delivering low intensity interventions such as guided self-help (6-8 sessions) and computerised CBT (SilverCloud) within an IAPT service. We also value experience or interest of delivering therapy in a group format.

They will contribute towards taking on areas of special interest. Some of the current ones we have are long term health conditions, BME, LGBTIQ+, perinatal and service user involvement. We have regular training opportunities for PWP providing teaching and CPD from peers, senior colleagues and external trainers.

About us

We are where IAPT begun! Newham Talking Therapies was the first NHS IAPT pilot site which from our service led to the national role of IAPT, one of the worlds largest mental health projects. We are also one of the longest running and clinically effective IAPT services in the country.

We are committed to the progression of our team members and our posts are formulated to allow for development of clinical expertise in chosen clinical areas. As well as offering a range of therapies, the service also runs as a training centre, therefore offering opportunities for supervision and training. NTT prides ourselves on being innovators in best practice and a service that is always looking to enhance our provision to our residents. Over the last year our clinicians have published several clinical publications and we have assisted other IAPT services to clinical navigate the pandemic. This year we were also nominated for several awards including a Parliamentary award for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

Job description Job responsibilities

The IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counselling national curriculum will provide a Foundation level, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7) training in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, leading to a qualification to practise as a High Intensity Therapist in IAPT services delivering NICE-recommended evidence based psychological therapy for adults with depression. This position is for trainees undertaking the foundation stage of the training. Recruitment for the courses will be aimed at graduates (and those who can demonstrate professional and academic equivalence) with a commitment to the IAPT model. Trainees will be jointly recruited by IAPT services and training providers and will be employed within IAPT services. On completion of the foundation training, trainees will be eligible to apply to continue on to the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised degree at 2:2 or above in any relevant subject, or equivalent, or Demonstrates competency via a portfolio of evidence, which meets specified academic equivalence requirements
  • Completed a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, (minimum of 10 days or 60 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3). Note: Online courses are not acceptable. L2 Award, Helping Skills and Introductory courses are not acceptable.
Experience Essential
  • Show a commitment to working with people with common mental health problems
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and values consistent with providing hopeful, person-centred care within the IAPT stepped model of care
  • Evidence of working within a team environment
  • Evidence of communicating with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
Skills & Competencies Essential
  • Ability to integrate training into practice
  • Demonstrates warmth, kindness, compassion, empathy
  • Demonstrates authenticity, self-awareness, maturity and stability
  • Ability to listen, be present and attentive
  • Ability to come alongside people experiencing emotional and psychological distress
  • Ability to be vulnerable and make use of and reflect upon own life experience
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to evidence based practice (as outlined in NICE guidance) and the IAPT stepped care model.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression including the wider impact for the whole person
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and meaningful occupation and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
Training Essential
  • Able to meet all the requirements of the IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counsellor training
  • Able to complete academic components of the full training programme including Foundation course, and postgraduate diploma.

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