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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/10/2020.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Reference: 833-SS-SP-462-20

(SP) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service
£21,892 to £24,157 pa (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

If you've been spending the whole day looking for that perfect opportunity, your search is over.

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service is an exciting new service which combines the existing Leeds IAPT service with a broader mental well-being support offer based in primary care settings.

The service is delivered as a partnership of NHS and third sector providers which comprises of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Community Links, Northpoint Wellbeing, Touchstone, Women's Counselling and Therapy Service and Home-Start Leeds.

A great opportunity has arisen to recruit several Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners for Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service. These posts will involve training in and completing the PWP course at Sheffield University, alongside working in clinical practice within LMWS, leading to qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. The posts are temporary fixed term for 12 months and will only be made permanent subject to successful completion and qualification from the course. The posts will be with one of the following partners: Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Community Links or Touchstone.

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners assess and treat people with common mental health problems. You will be trained to use CBT-based Low Intensity interventions, including guided self-help, psycho-education and computerised CBT, to help the recovery of people with depression and anxiety. You will be expected to manage a small caseload while in training, and develop competence with systems of risk assessment and case management supervision. The majority of assessment work conducted by our practitioners is by telephone, to increase access. You will also provide psycho-educational classes with clients, as well as individual clinics. Some flexibility in working patterns is essential as we strive to provide clinics which fit in with the busy lives of our clients.

We asked our existing PWP colleagues what they most enjoy about working at LMWS. Some of the comments included:
. 'Very supportive atmosphere'
. 'Variety!'
. 'Flexibility'
. 'Feel supported'

The recruitment process involves two interview and selection stages. The first is with LMWS involving formal interview and a short presentation, during the week commencing 23rd November 2020. Successful candidates at this stage will progress to the second stage interviews at Sheffield University which will be held week commencing 14th December 2020, where candidates will be expected to undertake a role play, written exercise and formal interview.

Due to the popular nature of this opportunity we will be closing the application process at the first 150 applicants. We would therefore encourage applicants to apply immediately and ensure they have the required competencies. Applicants without the competencies will not be considered for the post.

We recognise that people from BME backgrounds are under-represented in the LMWS workforce. We are therefore especially keen to receive applications from under-represented communities. We are committed to making LMWS a diverse and inclusive service that actively tackles issues of exclusion, disempowerment and discrimination. This is a core part of our service Vision & Values, as we strive to reflect the communities that we support.

You will have an Undergraduate qualification in Psychology or health / social science or relevant subject. Applications from people without a degree may be considered, but it is essential to have evidence of academic competence. This would be evidence of ability to study successfully at level 6 - third year of undergraduate degree is necessary.

In addition you must have some experience of working with people with mental health problems, either in a paid or voluntary capacity.

We are looking for bright, motivated people who are keen to progress in a career within mental health and in IAPT Therapies. You will be compassionate and caring, able to build therapeutic relationships with clients and keen to develop professionally and personally.

If you have previously attended a Trainee PWP course and not completed this, you will not be considered for these posts and therefore need not apply.

If you're getting excited just reading this, go ahead and apply.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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