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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (Qualified)

Band 5

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Waltham Forest Talking Therapies
Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Thorne House, Thorne Close,Leytonstone, London E11 4HU
Waltham Forest
£23,023 - 29,608 pa (plus HCAS)
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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 a permanent full time post. The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will work within Waltham Forest talking Therapies (IAPT) providing high volume low intensity interventions which will include cognitive behavioural theory and practice through the provision of 6 sessions of guided self-help by both face-face and telephone.

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

The successful candidate will also have experience of working with mental health service users in an IAPT service in the NHS or voluntary sector

They will be able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of issues relating to mental health and mental health problems and an understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Therapy.

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 £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).


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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Mr Mark Weston

PWP Team Lead


If you have problems applying, contact

0300 300 1530 option 2