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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (Qualified)

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Norfolk Prisons
Depending on experience £24,907 - £30,615 gross per annum ( Pro Rata)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to join our team providing services to Her Majesty's Prison Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, all under the Integrated Mental Health and Justice Pathway which commenced in April 2019. The post is a 9/12 month secondment to cover maternity leave and is an opportunity for the right candidate to experience a unique environment in local HMP's and develop new skills and enhance existing one's.

Qualified applicants will hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies

This is an ideal opportunity to join the team and lead the development of the service, you can help shape what the service will look like in the long term.

You will work as part of a diverse and supportive team of Psychological Therapists, PWPs, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We are able offer our team members the opportunity to continue to develop their expertise via training and development opportunities in different parts of our service.

Main duties of the job

What makes us different?

Our service uses an integrated model from arrest to release from prison thus allowing a PWP's and the wider team to know the full process and journey of the service user. We have found this model really works and makes our working much more collaborative and joined up. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join the team and help us build, shape and grow what is a relatively new service. We want to hear your ideas.

The role will be based predominantly at HMP Norwich but may be extended to HMP Bure.

About us

Our trust values are Positively, Respectfully and Together and we want someone to join the team who lives and breathes these values.

If you have not worked in this setting, we encourage you to contact us before applying so we can arrange an informal visit and allow you to experience the realities of the role. It's also a great opportunity to meet our team.

What can we offer?

NSFT Secure Mental Health Services have been consistently rated Good by the CQC.

Our secure services form part of a wide and growing body of clinical services operating in a variety of settings linked to criminal justice services. This is not a standalone role, as part of the wider NSFT Secure Services Psychology Team you will receive excellent clinical supervision alongside professional and governance support.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are looking for a qualified PWP who has knowledge and experience of working within busy and challenging environments such as community wellbeing services or secure environments and working with people who present with a range of common mental health difficulties, including depression and anxiety.

The successful applicant will work autonomously and provide direct interventions to a defined caseload of service users operating within recognised professional guidelines. Qualified PWP's will usually undertake 5 contacts to provide assessments and interventions a day with residents of the prisons. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of a Psychological Therapist and report directly to the Senior PWP.

Person Specification
  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience
  • Skills in effective risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience in the delivery of evidence based step 2 interventions

  • Evidence of working in the local community
  • Experience of delivering training and developing others

  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner qualification
  • Experienced and Qualified Graduate Mental Health Worker with relevant experiences and competencies as required

  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a psychological therapy.
  • A qualification in provision of supervision

  • Responding flexibly and appropriately to unforeseen circumstances
  • Using clinical supervision and opportunities for personal development positively and effectively
  • Competent assessments
  • Basic IT, including use of email/internet

  • Mental health/mental Illness
  • Evidence based step-2 interventions

  • Awareness of serious mental health presentations (psychosis, bi-polar)
  • Effects of drug and alcohol use on mental health

  • Car driver or ability to travel independently, and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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