Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
Hammersmith & Fulham
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Since launching in 2009, Back on Track has become a well-established and successful IAPT service and is expanding with these exciting Qualified PWP posts at Band 5 (inner London 20% weighting) for suitably qualified and experienced PWP. Our office has good transport links (Hammersmith Station), amenities and a vibrant high street all within 5 minutes' walk.

At Back on Track, we arrange in-house masterclasses on Step 2 interventions, group facilitation, and increasing clinical knowledge of Step 3 interventions for your development and assessment skills. This includes OCD, Health Anxiety and Social Anxiety. We also have opportunities to attend formal training on working with those with Long Term Health Conditions, and how to supervise.

Clinicians are able to develop and run their own therapy groups with a Step 3 clinician, and manage their own projects within the service. This offers the opportunity to develop not just your clinical practice but also skills in project management, leadership and supervision.

Back on Track also offers a wonderful wellbeing at work focus, and the appointed candidate would be welcome to become a member of the wellbeing team.

Main duties of the job

A typical week for a full-time clinician in our team involves achieving an average of 26 clinical contacts per week; a mix of assessment and treatment appointments. You would also be responsible for running one workshop per month, attending meetings and completing admin; with adjustments for providing supervision or running a group, or project area, and at least one evening session (12pm-8pm Monday to Thursday) per week. All staff are currently expected to work 2 days from the office, with 3 days working from home - this is subject to change according to service needs. You will need experience of risk management and assessment, and Step 2 treatment of IAPT appropriate disorders. We are keen to fill gaps in experience though, through our comprehensive CPD and supervision programme, and we offer ongoing support via debrief and a senior duty at all times.

We have received positive feedback from staff for our approach in supporting working parents and those with caring responsibilities. Our service has won awards for its focus on wellbeing and we have a sociable and friendly team. As a result, we develop long-lasting and committed relationships with our staff.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information about the role and responsibilities, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Completed or near completion of IAPT Low Intensity CBT Qualification.
  • Registered as a PWP or working towards registration with the BPS/ BABCP
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.
  • IAPT LTC Training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working clinically with people with common mental health problems.
  • Ability to demonstrate a range of experiences in delivering evidence based IAPT low Intensity interventions such as; CCBT, guided self-help and group psycho-education
  • Experience of working with clients who present with risk to themselves.
  • Experience of managing sensitive safeguarding concerns.
  • Experience of co-working with staff in other agencies (e.g. health visitors or staff in drug and alcohol services)
  • Experience of audit and research
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of different models of mental health/mental illness
  • Knowledge of NHS Policies, procedures guidelines and clinical governance
  • Knowledge of working sensitively with diversity (including working with black & minority ethnic groups)
  • Knowledge of Evidence based practice.
  • Skills in assessment (including clinical risk assessment) and record keeping.
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and their use in clinical and audit purposes
  • High level of communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive.
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a mental health context
  • High standard of report writing.
  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • An awareness of severe and enduring mental health presentations (including psychosis, bi-polar)
  • Ability to carry out a range of evaluation and monitoring techniques.
  • Ability to work effectively with interpreters.

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