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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/09/2022.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Job Reference: 348-REQ00088

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Either Eastleigh (West Hub)/Gosport (East Hub)/Basingstoke (North Hub) including hybrid working considered with some home working each week)
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Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2021.

Southern Health NHS 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.

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: REQ00088


Hours: 37 Hours Per Week

Salary: £23,225 Per Annum (rising to £26,523 per annum when qualified)

Location: Either Eastleigh (West Hub)/Gosport (East Hub)/Basingstoke (North Hub) including hybrid working considered with some home working each week)

Closing Date: 2September 2022

Interview Dates: First Part (role play) W/C Mon 3October 2022 and Mon 10October 2022

Second Part (successful candidates) W/C Mon 24October 2022

Applications are limited to 250.  Once this limit is reached applications will automatically be closed.

Would you like to:

Build on your experience of supporting people to manage their mental health?

Work towards a recognised Undergraduate/ Postgraduate qualification?

Work alongside a supportive, motivated and like-minded team?

We are looking for people who:

Are compassionate, resilient and motivated

Are looking for a career change and are enthusiastic about caring and supporting people

Have recent experience of working in a mental health setting OR have relevant life experience/ transferrable skills

Can work well in a team and have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Are highly motivated and can balance study (at a level 5 qualification) and can demonstrate that they could fulfil the academic component of the role prior to being offered a post

In turn we will offer you:

We are looking for highly motivated and resilient individuals with mental health experience OR relevant qualification 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 traineeships to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, starting in January 2023. PWP Trainees will work within the italk service for Solent Mind providing Step 2 low intensity Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) 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 would combine psychological practice with the very latest in low intensity CBT innovation, helping people move forward using structured, brief interventions. You will receive employment and a full salary, as well as one year of high quality evidence-based training at the University of Southampton.

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.

On successful completion of the programme you will move into a Qualified PWP role and to a permanent QPWP contract.

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 2nd September 2022. 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 3rd and 10th October and successful candidates will be invited to a second stage of interview in the week commencing 24th October.

The post will start at the start of January 2023 and the University starting date is anticipated to be 16 January 2023.

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



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.

COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and patients from the virus, we therefore encourage applicants to become fully vaccinated. We ask for vaccination status as part of pre employment checks although COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment.

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