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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner(Qualified)

Band 5

Main area
Barking & Dagenham IAPT
Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Church Elm Lane Health Centre
£24,214 - £30,112 pa plus HCAS
17/09/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant Talking Therapies Team. The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will work within Barking & Dagenham Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) providing high volume low intensity interventions, which will include cognitive behavioural theory and practice through the provision of guided self-help and other evidence based step two interventions by both face-face and telephone.

We are committed to the continued professional development of our staff and we ensure there is adequate CPD opportunities for our PWP team. Last year this included treating social phobia at step two and problem descriptors training.  

We are a dynamic and empowering team and as such the post holders will be expected to work well within a team setting, however, should also be able to deliver an autonomous service as part of the role, operating within recognised professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team’s services policies and procedures. Post holders will be expected to work Monday-Friday and offer a minimum of one evening per week.  


Training & Qualifications:

  • To hold a university degree in a subject enabling the post holder to demonstrate psychological mindedness: for example, a degree in psychology, health or social sciences.
  • To hold a qualification from a recognised, accredited, post graduate PWP training programme.


  • Experience of working with mental health service users in an IAPT service in the NHS or voluntary sector
  • Experience of working in a service with agreed targets in place, demonstrating clinical outcomes 


  • Post holder will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationship with clients


  • To demonstrate an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care
  • To demonstrate an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.

The main responsibilities of the post:

  • To assist with the provision of information/self-help material and support for self-help groups, under the supervision of a qualified mental health practitioner.
  • To assess and support people with common mental health problems in the self-management of their recovery
  • To make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering Barking & Dagenham IAPT referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or step the client up to high intensity or secondary care
  • To provide a range of information and support for evidence based low intensity psychological treatments which will include guided self-help, computerised CBT. This may be face-face, telephone or via other media
  • To contribute to programmes and groups involving the self-help and self-management of common mental health conditions programmes
  • To actively make use of clinical supervision for all client-related tasks in order to review and improve the effectiveness of interventions offered.
  • To complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service


Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,722 to a maximum of £4,743).





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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vlad Iorga - PWP & Quality Lead                                                                0300 300 1554 (option 3)                                   


Georgina Bates - Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner                      0300 300 1554 (option 3)                                   


Dr Masuoodah Yeasmin - Senior IAPT Practitioner/Counselling Psychologist   0300 300 1554 (option 3)