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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/01/2021.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Job Reference: 348-TPWPJAN21

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Either Eastleigh (West), Gosport (East), Basingstoke (North)
Please see advert wording

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

Do you want to work for an established and respected local mental health charity?  

Solent Mind is the leading ­mental health charity across Hampshire providing a range of high quality services to improve people’s mental wellbeing and to promote choice and rights to everyone who needs our support. Our services operate in various locations throughout the Hampshire area.

italk is the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service provided in partnership between Solent Mind and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. To further develop our italk service we are now recruiting for the following positions:

Reference: TPWPJan21


Hours: 37 Hours Per Week

Salary Range: £20,680 Per Annum (rising to £22,829 - £24,584 when qualified)

Location: Based At Either Eastleigh (West)/Gosport (East)/Basingstoke (North) (initially home working in line with Covid-19 guidance)

Closing Date: Sun 31 Jan 2021 (By Midnight)

Interview Dates: First Part W/C Mon 22 Feb 2021

                             Second Part (successful candidates) W/C Mon 01 Mar 2021

Applications are limited to 90.  Once this limit is reached applications will automatically be closed.

We are looking for highly motivated and resilient individuals with a relevant qualification or mental health experience and a desire to work in one of the largest Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in the country. You will work with patients with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.  We need people with energy and enthusiasm, who are flexible in their approach and can work well as part of a large, busy team in a high-volume service and demanding environment, whilst studying for their PWP qualifications.

We are offering one-year traineeships to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, starting in March/April 2021.  PWP Trainees will work within the italk service for Solent Mind providing Step 2 interventions in the form of 1 – 1 telephone appointments, face to face, group and online support for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. You will receive employment and a full salary, as well as one year of high quality evidence-based training at the University of Reading.

  • You will need recent experience of working with people with mental health problems.

  • You may be a graduate (or equivalent) level in a relevant profession, or have acquired good practical experience of mental health work with evidence of recent relevant study (those without the required level of qualification would need to demonstrate that they could fulfil the academic component of the role prior to being offered a post).

In addition to the requirements in the Person Specification, candidates will have to satisfy the University that they are capable of completing the academic component of the training, alongside working within the service.

You will be based in one of 3 hubs across Hampshire:  West (Eastleigh); East (Gosport); North (Basingstoke).

At italk we take pride our practitioners and do our best to look after their wellbeing at all times. Each staff member is encouraged to complete a wellness action plan as they join the team, and is invited to attend a fortnightly wellbeing group with their colleagues to do activities together and encourage connectedness. All staff have access to the Solent Mind online wellbeing platform and free 24/7 support via our Employee Assistance Programme as well as regular supervision with a senior practitioner. We believe that we need to look after ourselves in order to best support our patients and welcome new team members with the same philosophy. 

Interviews will be split into two parts. The first part will take place week commencing 22 February 2021 and successful candidates will be invited to a second stage of interviewing in week commencing 01 March 2021. The post would start in line with the University starting date and planned induction which is likely to be early April 2021 - you would need to be able to start work on these dates.

For more details on this role, email either:-

Sarah Richardson (Clinical Manager) at

Heather Simons (Clinical Manager) at

All posts will be subject to relevant DBS check if required



We do not accept CV’s nor do we accept applications from Recruitment Agencies





We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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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