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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/05/2021.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Job Reference: 348-TPWPAPR21

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: TPWPApr21


Hours: 37 Hours Per Week

Salary: £21,892 Per Annum (rising to £25,000 per annum when qualified)

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

Closing Date: Sun 09 May 2021 (By Midnight)

Interview Dates: First Part (role play) W/C Mon 07 Jun and Mon 14 Jun 2021

Second Part (successful candidates) W/C Mon 28 Jun 2021

Applications are limited to 250. 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 September 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, webinars, group and on-line 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 Southampton.

  • 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. We are planning a separate recruitment route this year for those without graduate level qualifications. The advert for this is likely to go up in a couple of weeks).

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 in 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 encourage connectedness to the team. 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.

Final closing date for receipt of completed applications is by midnight on Sunday 09 May 2021. However, applications are limited to 250 and once this limit is reached applications will automatically be closed.

Interviews will be split into two parts. The first part will take place in the weeks commencing 07 June 21 and 14 June 21, and successful candidates will be invited to a second stage of interview in the week commencing 28 June 21. The post will start on 13 September 21 and the University starting date is 27 September 21.

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

PLEASE NOTE 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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