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Trainee and Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)

OrganisationNorfolk and Waveney Mind
LocationNorfolk and Waveney, We would also welcome applications for remote / home working for qualified PWP positions.
WebsiteVisit organisation website
Contract typePermanent
Salary£21,892 to £24,907 per annum
Hours37.5 hours per week
Date posted4 June 2021
Closing date13 June 2021

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Please be advised that due to the COVID 19 Pandemic all roles will initially be required to work remotely from Home for the foreseeable future.

The Wellbeing Service is part of the national IAPT programme, aimed at helping people across Norfolk and Waveney aged 16 and over, who are experiencing mild to moderately severe anxiety and depression. It is a well-established partnership between Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Mind.

We are seeking a number of well-motivated individuals to join us as Trainee and Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs). PWPs provide high volume, low intensity psychological self-management interventions which are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and form Step 2 of the stepped care model, as recommended in NICE guidelines. Much of the work is telephone based and cCBT (computerized CBT), and delivery of workshops and webinars is also a key part of the role. Although IAPT treatments focus on mild to moderately presentations, the role will also involve assessing people with more severe and enduring difficulties, and referring them on to relevant services.

Experience of working with clients with anxiety and/or depression, and of managing a caseload in a previous role is highly recommended. However, for those without relevant experience, please do apply as we may also want to talk to you about the role of Assistant PWP, which can be an excellent introduction to clinical roles within the service.

This is a fast-paced and challenging role, as you will be working with people with high emotional demands, so you will need to be able to manage your own emotional wellbeing. Successful applicants will therefore need to already have a high level of skill in the following areas:

  • A commitment to delivering high quality client care
  • Ability to demonstrate resilience when working with clients that are experiencing varying levels of emotional distress
  • Able to adapt to change
  • A positive and solution focused attitude
  • Good administration and IT skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills relating to the number of client contacts offered and clinical sessions carried out each week
  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • High level of enthusiasm and self-motivation
  • Ability to work and problem solve independently
  • Access to a car, or alternative ability to travel independently
  • Ability to work at any location across Norfolk
  • Ability to work flexibly, including some evenings

The training (which is fully funded) consists of either the Post-Graduate or the Under-Graduate certificate (depending upon prior qualifications) in Evidence Based Low Intensity CBT at the University of East Anglia (UEA), although some of the training days take place near Cambridge. You can find out more about the PWP training and role at www.uea.ac.uk/MED/IAPT. In all cases, training requires weekly attendance over one year at the University of East Anglia (UEA), starting in September 2020, therefore the successful applicants will need to be available for that time. Annual leave cannot be granted during taught days unless in exceptional circumstances, so if you have holiday commitments please let us know when applying. Those taking the under-graduate training will need to complete the UEA’s online Access to IAPT module prior to commencement of the course.

Please click on the following link for further information Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (jobs.nhs.uk) or alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone about the role, please contact Haidee Adkins (Clinical Team Leader) on 01553 817200.

How to apply

  • This advert is for multiple IAPT providers across the East of England and is a central point of application, as part of this applicants will be asked to submit their top 3 preferred services.
  • We encourage applicants to apply after attending our virtual recruitment event on Tuesday 8th June from 12-2pm where you will hear more about the role, application process and services involved. The link to attend the event is Click here to join the meeting
  • Please register your attendance for the virtual recruitment event by emailing adams10@nhs.net make a note of the breakout session links in the why work for us, for your top 3 providers as these will be needed during the event.
  • Closing Date:              13th June 2021

    Interviews:                  5th to 23rd July 2021

    Start date:                   6th September 2021