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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/06/2021.

Apprentice Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Reference: 364-PWP-A1

East of England IAPT Partnership
Various Locations across the East of England
£21,892 - £24,157 * per annum pro rata

Norfolk Wellbeing Service, Suffolk Wellbeing Service, Therapy for You, Vita Minds, Total Wellbeing, Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Insight Healthcare and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust are engaging in a joint recruitment project across the East of England for our IAPT services. We are different IAPT providers working to deliver psychological therapies as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. This is a cooperative enterprise between the organisations to help streamline the recruitment of the IAPT workforce and to seek the best quality candidates for all services.

This vacancy covers IAPT services across Norfolk and Waveney, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Luton, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Essex, this advert covers multiple providers see below list

East of England IAPT Partnership are hosting this vacancy which covers multiple IAPT providers as detailed below

Apprentice Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Salary £21,892 - £24,157 moving to £24,907 - £30,615 upon qualification*

*Different employers may have different starting salaries, terms and conditions.

37.5 Hours per week, some evenings/weekends.

Permanent contract subject to successful completion of the course within 12 months and End Point Assessment (EPA).

You don’t need a degree to be a PWP!

The introduction of the PWP apprenticeship scheme offers the opportunity to train for the PWP role without requiring an undergraduate degree.

If you have a relevant undergraduate degree, we would welcomeyour application via our Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitionervacancy which we are expecting to advertise on Tuesday 1 June 2021.

The Apprentice Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will be a core member of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service.

The role of a PWP is demanding and fast paced. Empathy, resilience and excellent organisational skills are essential qualities. Trainees are expected to progress to working with a high degree of autonomy, with high volume caseloads including individual and group work; this may include telephony, video consultation, and face-to-face clinical work. The role is well supported with weekly clinical and case management supervision from qualified clinicians. In addition to clinical contact, the roles will include data collection, data management, analysis and note writing.

Applicants will need experience of working with people, ideally with mental health problems or difficulties. Applicants should have a good understanding of IAPT and the role of a PWP.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

In person treatment and virtual/telephone consultations are in place across IAPT services in line with the individual service policy and Covid 19 government guidelines.

In applications candidates will need to indicate first, second and third choice of service. Each service has provided a ‘why work for us’ document, see additional documentation. This includes a link to the Service session as part of our upcoming virtual recruitment event. Please make a note of the links for your top 3 preferred services.

Before submitting your application, we would encourage you to attend our virtual recruitment event on Thursday 3rd June from 9-11am, which will be an opportunity to hear about the role, the application process, the university course, and the services.

To register contact or attend via link in the further links section.

Services expecting to recruit through this vacancy:

- Therapy for You (EPUT)-Southend/Castlepoint/Rochford

- Therapy for You (EPUT)-Colchester/Tendring

- VitaMinds-Basildon, Brentwood/Billericay/Wickford

- Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT)-Hertfordshire

- Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT)-Mid Essex

- Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (ELFT)

Successful candidates may be offered an alternative employer if posts with their first/second and or third choice are filled. By submitting your application, you are consenting to your information being shared with one or more of the IAPT services mentioned above.

This is a developmental post and suitable candidates are provided with intensive training and supervision to work in the Apprenticeship PWP role and will study on the Graduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice with the University of Essex (expected start date of 31st August). The course is 12 months long plus will require successful completion of an End Point Assessment.

Three days per week will be spent in service gaining invaluable experience assessing and working with people from local communities, one day per week studying with the university and one day per week scheduled study. This may be a combination of in person and remote learning.

Those without a valid permit to work and study in the UK are not eligible to apply for this position.

Applicants need to have been a UK resident for at least three years.

Applicants will only be offered an apprenticeship post if they meet the eligibility criteria for apprenticeship funding as set out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. See page 93-100 of the Apprenticeship funding rules for main providers guidance for eligibility criteria. The link to this guidance can be found in our further links section.

All applicants must have the ability to travel independently as required.

Interviews expected between 28 June - 16 July 2021. The remote interview panel will consist of service and university representatives.

Interviews may include a role play and/or presentation, further information will be given prior to interview.

If you are successful at interview you will need to complete a portfolio, to determine suitability for academic work.

Minimum Qualifications Required

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeships are open to people who have the relevant qualifications, please only apply if you meet the minimum requirements. If you are unsure if you meet these please get in contact with us.

Entry requirements:

  • All candidates should have Level 2 Maths and English qualifications, or the equivalent and must be able to evidence this with certificates. In the event that you do not have certificates, candidates can request proof of award from the awarding bodies. Candidates would be expected to bear this cost. Offers cannot be made without this information.

  • We welcome applications from candidates who do not have a degree or recent study experience but have good experience in a caring capacity in a support, care or admin role and are interested in supporting patients with anxiety and depression using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help.


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