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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/08/2021.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)

Job Reference: 346-NYA-209-21

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Mental Health
Across North Yorkshire Locality, Northallerton
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of £320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journal’s Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

The North Yorkshire IAPT service provides psychological therapies for people experiencing depression and anxiety in a primary care setting. The service has, over the past 10 years, developed an excellent reputation for training high quality Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP’s). As part of this ongoing commitment we are looking to recruit six further trainee PWP’s. This exciting opportunity includes the PWP trainee participating in the Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Therapies (IAPT) at Sheffield University.

During your training with us, you will work alongside qualified PWP’s in facilitating guided self- help interventions on a one to one basis, in courses and online. We are committed to ensuring that all successful trainees who complete the course are equipped to meet the requirements of the PWP role in IAPT.

As a member of the team you will be involved with projects which are designed to promote and increase awareness of the service within the wider community. Case management and clinical skills supervision will be provided by qualified supervisors as per the national guidelines.

The service has a strong commitment towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD), staff wellbeing and providing quality services for patients.

This is a permanent post, moving to Band 5 subject to successful completion of the course.

As a service, we have actively responded to the Covid – 19 pandemic and have made significant adaptations to the way the service is delivered. In line with government guidelines, service demand and patient choice, we are currently moving to a blended work approach, both delivering evidence-based therapies remotely, using approved technology, and face to face. This is reviewed regularly. All staff are provided with the correct equipment to work remotely. Trainees will have access to regular clinical and caseload management supervision, as well as the opportunity to provide the full range of interventions to meet the requirements of the course.

It is anticipated that the course will initially commence online. Candidates should be prepared for weekly travel to Sheffield, in case there is return to a pre pandemic delivery format.

We recognise that, during these uncertain times, our teams have had to adapt to new ways of working and managing well-being. As a service we are committed to supporting this by holding regular huddles to check on well-being, increasing our supervision provision and ensuring the appropriate assessments have been completed to enable people to work safely. We are also utilising technology to ensure that teams are remaining connected during these uniquely challenging times.

We would like to hear from you if you are able to demonstrate the following.

  • Experience of working with people who have experienced mental health difficulties particularly working within Primary Care
  • Educated to degree level
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Commitment to supporting the mental health wellbeing of North Yorkshire residents in our catchment area.

Please note that this is a two stage selection process. Candidates will be interviewed by the North Yorkshire IAPT Service and if selected will be put forward to a second round of interviews at Sheffield University. The requirements of the University selection day will be shared with appropriate candidates prior to the second stage. Applicants must ensure that they are available for both interview dates below.

For further details / informal visits contact:

James Walton, Team Manager

01423 852137

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the protection of staff, service users and visitors to the Trust from second hand smoke and currently operates a no smoking policy which ensures all buildings and grounds are smoke free.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from individuals who have experience of mental ill health or learning disabilities. Our service users and carers tell us our staff should be consistently concerned with maintaining and improving care with pride, empathy and compassion.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient suitable applications have been received. If interested please apply for this post as soon as possible

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