Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£24,907 to £30,615 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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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 support clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

The post holder will work with people from different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and may work in various community settings, including GP surgeries and community venues.

As an IAPT service we seek to provide ease of access for service users and to this end, there may be a requirement to work flexible hours based on service requirements. Whilst this post is based in Bedfordshire, you may at times be required to provide cover and assistance to other East London Foundation Trust IAPT teams, for example, supervision by the medium of Webex, cross-service training, etc. The post holder will be expected to work constructively and flexibly as part of the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service team and with colleagues in other ELFT IAPT teams.

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 and computerised cognitive behavioural therapy which may be delivered through face-to-face, telephone, Silvercloud, workshops or other contact methods.

Main duties of the job

CALLING ALL QUALIFIED AND SOON TO QUALIFY PWP'S!! Are you passionate about promoting meaningful and effective therapeutic experiences for patients at Step 2 (in a way that you would hope a loved one to experience) and dedicated to this process both personally and professionally? Then we want to hear from you.

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (BWS) is a growing IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service. We have the honour and privilege to deliver idiosyncratic packages of care for our patients in Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service, based on evidence-based therapies proven to be effective at Step 2.

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

PWPs within the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offer initial assessments to patients entering into the service as well as offering Step 2 interventions through cCBT (silvercloud), groups and Guided Self-Help. We work closely with our Step 3 colleagues to ensure patients can move through the service effectively as well as working with third sector partnership organisations to make referrals.

Internal and external training for working within specialist areas at Step 2 is provided. All PWPs are supported within the CPD (Continuous Professional Development) to gain clinical experience in their area of interest and as a service we love to get involved in all PWP matters both locally and nationally. We will support PWPs to work towards their professional registration if needed and provide ongoing CPD for this.

We encourage our PWPs to work on a specialist area of interest such as BAME, Older Adults, Learning Disabilities and Long-Term Conditions. This means PWPs have time in their job plans to help improve access to harder to reach groups and provide regular outreach events. This adds variation and interest in the PWP role.

The service is looking to recruit Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to provide assessment and PWP interventions with people from a range of cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Will have undertaken a undergraduate/postgraduate training course to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • BPS or BABCP Accreditation as a PWP
Experience Essential
  • Worked with people who have had mental health difficulties specifically anxiety and depression in an IAPT service
  • Worked in a setting where there was a need to liaise with other agencies and services
  • Received training in low intensity CBT interventions which are evidence based for a range of difficulties
  • Basic training/ experience in use of computers for data entry, communication and seeking information
  • Supervision - Has received training (either formal of through experience) on how to utilise supervision in the workplace
  • Experience of developing an area of interest within the PWP role such as long term conditions, perinatal
  • Experience liaising within complex talking therapy services
Skills Essential
  • Assessment - Has received training (either formal or through experience) resulting in the ability to carry out agreed assessments which are conducted within service protocols
  • Able to elicit information from a client surrounding a wide range of potential difficulties that may be causing difficulty for the service user
  • Intervention Planning - has received training (either formal or through experience) so that appropriate interventions can be planned with the service user
  • Able to demonstrate values based practice for issues of diversity including and not limited to; age, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and culture
  • Ability to engage patients with different language and cultural Needs
  • Expernece of working with people from diverse communties
Knowledge Essential
  • Possess an understanding of the main medications used and their side effects in the treatment of anxiety and depression
  • Understanding of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies agenda
  • Knowledge of anxiety and depression
  • Familiarity with and able to use the stepped care model
  • Demonstrates the ability to respond to people's needs sensitively particularly with regard to all aspects of diversity
  • Prepared to take part in own Individual Performance review which will take into account ongoing career development
  • Demonstrate keenness to be part of a service which is demonstrating and developing best practice
  • Able to manage own personal stress working in a service with numerous demands on self
  • Able to change own practice in light of understanding gained through experience, training and supervision
  • Keen to develop own skills and knowledge
Value Base Essential
  • Understanding and able to demonstrate how issues surrounding social inclusion occupation and work can affect mental health
  • Is able to recognise and understand inequalities and work with service users to understand the impacts of inequality
  • Promotes recovery at all times
  • Is able to practice ethically within a professional frame of reference

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