Trainee Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Salford, Manchester, Trafford or Wigan
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Starting salary £23,650 post qualifying
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Please do not apply for this post unless you are able to demonstrate that you meet all of the essential criteria for the post on the person specification.

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust is delighted to be supporting the new role of Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioner (MHWP). We are advertising for full time trainee MHWPs, with the required training course planned to start in September 2022. Over the 12 month training period individuals will attend study at Edge Hill University (in person and remote learning) as well as spending time working clinically in a specified community mental health team. These are exciting roles created by HEE and NHSE/I to support the transformation of community mental health services. Your training will be fully funded, and you will be eligible for a full-time qualified permanent position on completion of the training course. In return, we ask that you commit to staying with us for at least two years after you qualify.

During the 12 months training this role will be paid at 75% of the top of band 5 (as per Annex 21 Agenda for Change Guidance). On completion of training the role will move to the usual band 5 position.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work in a defined community mental health team and work within a specific location whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role.

These posts are suitable for graduates (e.g. psychology) and non-graduates, who have the right personal qualities. As a Trainee Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, you will be expected to work under supervision as part of a community mental health team supporting people to receive the right care and delivering psychologically informed interventions.

During the one-year graduate certificate or postgraduate certificate training, you will, under supervision, develop knowledge and practice skills to employ wellbeing-focused psychologically informed interventions for serious mental health problems for adults individually and in groups, as well as support their families and carers. These interventions may include,

Behavioural Activation and Graded Exposure using the GOALS programme

o Problem-solving

o Improving sleep

o Recognising and managing emotions

o Guided self-help for bulimia and binge-eating

o Confidence building

o Support with medicines management

Please note that we are expecting a high level of interest in these roles and will close the advert once sufficient applications have been received.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

As a trainee MHWBP you will, under supervision,
  • work within a community mental health team when not completing the programme of study
  • complete all aspects of the taught programme of study and progress successfully through all aspects of appraisal related to this.
  • develop and practice psychologically-informed interventions (not therapy) under supervision, with adults in the community
  • support collaborative care planning, alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • develop caring, supportive and empathic relationships with people using our services who may be in significant distress alongside supporting their families and carers.

The trainee mental health wellbeing practitioner posts are training positions. Progression into a permanent contract is subject to passing the course. Successful candidates will be expected to travel to Edge Hill University to complete their training but their NHS time will be based in one of the Trust's districts. Although it can't be guaranteed, please specify your preferred district on your application (Salford, Trafford, Wigan or Manchester)

See attached detailed job description and person specification for full details.

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Batchelors degree at 2:2 in any subject for entry to Postgraduate route OR Evidence of ability to study successfully at academic Level 5 for entry to the Graduate Certificate route OR Enrolled on a programme of study for a graduate certificate (Level 6) or postgraduate certificate (Level 7) delivering the national curriculum for mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners (Adult Specialist Mental Health)
Knowledge Essential
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Knowledge of mental health difficulties
  • Experience of work interacting with the public
  • Experience of working in an adult mental health setting / with an adult mental health population
  • Experience of delivering psychologically informed interventions
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Able to establish and maintain empathic, supportive relationships with people in significant distress or who are cognitively impaired, their families and carers
  • Able to make good use of clinical supervision in a group and/or individual format
  • Liaise with other teams and services including external agencies as required for the wellbeing of service users.
Analytical / Judgement Skills Essential
  • Able to assist in assessment and observation activities related to individual's health and wellbeing, arriving at judgments about how to respond within the care plan
  • Able to contribute to risk assessment drawing on complex and multiple sources of information, under clinical supervision

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