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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/06/2022.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Reference: 267-OA4261863

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Talking Space
Abell House, Oxford
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum pro rata

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

TalkingSpace Plus Oxfordshire are recruiting Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) to join our exciting, innovative, and successful service from September 2022. TalkingSpace Plus is the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in Oxfordshire which provides evidence-based psychological therapies over the telephone, online or face to face. We will support over 18,000 people this year who are struggling to manage common mental health conditions.

We offer excellent supervision and CPD and training to support career progression. We actively encourage innovation and research with opportunities for collaborations with Oxford Academic Health Science Network, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology. If you are a compassionate team worker with enthusiasm and motivation, we would love to hear from you.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate they have one year’s ‘full time equivalent’ experience in the mental health field working with people with depression and/or anxiety.

If you are educated to degree level or have successfully completed a level 5 qualification i.e. Foundation Degree and you are a compassionate team worker with enthusiasm and motivation, we would love to hear from you. If you do not have Maths and English GCSE grade C or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 just yet, you can achieve this during the apprenticeship and support will be available.

The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner apprenticeship is a 12-15month full-time course, delivered by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Apprenticeship scheme & The Learning & Development Centre. The programme combines both academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and education providers.

To train as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner you will commit to the academic requirements of the apprenticeship whilst an employee of Oxford Health Foundation Trust. During the apprenticeship, one day per week is protected learning time and will be used for classroom /online learning, research work, shadowing your peers, project work, or directed study. The remaining four days per week will be on-the-job training with TalkingSpace Plus.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner within an IAPT service and you will start to:

  • Provide a range of low intensity Step 2 cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-management interventions to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
  • See patients and deliver low intensity interventions in different locations around the county, mainly by telephone and with some face-to-face contact. This will be a hybrid working role split between some remote working and the rest based at one of our bases across Oxfordshire, therefore you need to be able to travel between sites.
  • Deliver TalkingSpace Plus psycho-educational courses.
  • Please see job description for full details.

High quality regular supervision and training is provided and you will be part of a warm and friendly team of therapists serving local people in Oxfordshire.

Closing date for applications: 26/06/2022

Interview date: 12/07/2022

How to Apply

Complete an online application form and refer to the job description/person specification when completing it. Please ensure you structure your statement by listing and answering the criteria on the personal specification as failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

For informal enquiries regarding this exciting opportunity please contact:

Tash Browne, Step 2 lead or Liam Cuttell, Team Manager – 01865 901222


  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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