Band 5 Psychological Wellbeing Practioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,466 to £39,521 a year PER ANNUM
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies are looking to recruit full-time, enthusiastic and motivated Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to join our dynamic and innovative service.

Based in East London we have provided psychological therapy services to general practice and the local community for over 30 years. We are a stepped care service offering evidence based interventions at Steps 2 and 3. Our team consists of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Cognitive Behaviour Therapists and Clinical & Counselling Psychologists. As a service, we actively encourage different theoretical interests and offer specialist areas of development such as LTC/Eating Disorders/Perinatal.

This post involves:
  • Providing Low Intensity interventions from a range of CBT based self-management interventions for clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression
  • Working with people from different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary
  • Involvement in Group and Community Engagement work

.The team works closely with a variety of trained professionals across a range of therapeutic orientations including, DIT, Systemic, IPT, CBT and Psychodynamic.

We have always been a proactive and forward looking service, with a strong commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse community in which we are located and we particularly welcome applicants with fluency in Sylheti.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work within the IAPT service providing high volume low intensity interventions which will be a range of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-management interventions to service to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Psychological Well-being Practitioners provide assessment, triage, treatment and mental health promotion activities within primary care and community settings, for people experiencing common mental health problems in the self-management of their recovery. Treatment programmes are designed to aid clinical improvement and social inclusion - including return to work and meaningful activity or other occupational activities, with the aim to enable service users to manage their own difficulties and reach their maximum potential.

PWPs do this through the provision of information and support for evidence-based low-intensity psychological interventions. These interventions place a greater emphasis on patient self-management and are less burdensome then traditional psychological treatments. Examples include guided self-help which may be delivered through face-to-face or telephone sessions, and computerised cognitive behavioural therapy.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information, please contact:

Malcolm Beale

PWP Lead

Closing Date: 2nd October

Interview Date: 14th October (provisional)

How to apply: Please complete the NHS Jobs application form. If you are shortlisted for an interview you will be notified via email.

Interviews will take place remotely via MS Teams.

Important Information:

Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process. If you are shortlisted you will be notified by email within 2 weeks of the advert closing.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive for certain posts, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications.

These vacancies are offered as permanent posts, with the expectation that all clinical staff work one late evening per week (11am until 7pm). These posts are suitable

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • IAPT PWP Training or Equivalent
  • BABCP Accreditations as a PWP
  • Post Qualification experience
  • LTC Training
  • Supervisor training.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in an IAPT service
  • Experience of working people presenting with mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression
  • Experience in delivering low intensity interventions such as guided self-help
  • Experience of conducting risk assessment and developing risk management plans
  • Experience of using computerised CBT packages to support people experiencing depression and anxiety
  • Experiencing in facilitating treatment and/or psychoeducational groups using CBT approach
  • Experience of liaising with GPs and secondary care mental health services
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to carry out information gathering assessments inclusive of thorough risk assessments
  • Ability to manage high volume caseload
  • Ability to utilise clinical and case management supervision effectively
  • Ability to keep clear and concise clinical records
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
  • Knowledge of depression and different anxiety disorders
  • Understanding of main medications used and their side effects in treatment of anxiety and depression
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and their use in clinical and audit purposes
  • Understand the concept of stepped care model and how this is implemented in IAPT services
  • Fluent in a language other than English
  • Ability to work effectively with interpreters
  • An awareness of severe and ensuring mental health presentations
  • Awareness of the remit of treatment within a primary care setting

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