Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
North Hampshire Urgent Care
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TalkPlus is a high achieving, well-established Long-Term Conditions (LTC) NHS Talking Therapies, committed to improving health and well being, tackling inequalities and providing high quality service.
Our dedicated Psychological Well-being Practitioners offer a range of psychological therapies & services to treat and support people in their recovery. Talkplus is committed to developing staff to reach their full potential.
We have an exciting opportunity for Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (Trainee PWP).
For successful applications, interview will be held on the 10th & 11th January 2024 face to face.
If we receive a very high volume of applications, we may close the advert early.
Main duties of the job
This is a training role within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (NHS Talking Therapies). The post-holder will work within the NHS Talking Therapies service providing high volume, low intensity interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training at Reading University for this role. The training post will equip the postholder to provide a range of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-management interventions to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The post-holder will attend all taught and self-study days required by The University as specified within National Low Intensity curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills
The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.
This is a training role within the NHS Talking Therapies programme and the trainee will take an active role in the service.
Once qualified (verification agreed) the Trainee PWP post will be upgraded to a band 5.
TalkPlus is a service provided by North Hampshire Urgent Care.
North Hampshire Urgent Care is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, led by a Management Council with a majority of GP members.
We pride ourselves on being caring, safe and responsive, offering excellent mental health services to our CCG localities; we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide and expect our staff to commit to and demonstrate these values.
The post holder will report to the Lead PWP and Senior PWPs and will work closely with the TalkPlus Team and Primary Care Teams.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.
- Assess and support people with a common mental health problem in the self-management of their recovery.
- Undertakes patient-centred assessments which identify areas where the person wishes to see change and or recovery and makes an accurate assessment of risk to self and others.
- Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, refers unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary or steps-up the persons treatment to high intensity psychological therapy.
- Provide a range of information and support for evidence based high-volume low-intensity psychological treatments. This will include 1-1 guided self-help via face to face, telephone, video or instant messaging as well as computerised CBT. To also co-facilitate guided self-help via courses with qualified PWPs.
- Adhere to an agreed number of clinical sessions per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
- Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.
- Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
- Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols and use these records and clinical outcome data in clinical decision making.
- Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
- To liaise and refer to other mental health agencies as and when required.
- Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process, working alongside employment advisors within the service.
- To operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.
2. TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
- Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic and practice based assessments.
- Apply learning from the training programme in practice
- Receive supervision from educational providers in relation to course work to meet the required standards.
- Prepare and present clinical information for all patients on their caseload to clinical case management supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the clinical governance obligations of the worker, supervisor and service are delivered.
- Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice.
- Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competencies and clinical practice.
- To partake in live supervision (shadowing) with qualified practitioners and to reflect on personal as well as others practice to aid development and meet university competencies.
- Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating bodies, and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).
- Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.
- Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
- Participate in individual performance reviews and respond to agreed objectives.
- Keep up to date all records in relation to Continuous Professional Development and maintain up to date knowledge of service developments.
- Attend relevant conferences/workshops in line with identified professional objectives.
- To work towards Accredited status as from June 2022 it is a mandatory part of employment for Qualified PWPs to register for Accreditation with either the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychologists (BABCP). The cost of this registration is met by the individual staff member and will be required as part of maintaining their contract of employment.
- To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.
- To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.
- All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.
- All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.
- All employees have a responsibility to prevent abuse and neglect and report concerns.
- It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.
- This Job Description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder in light of service development.
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