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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner(Qualified)

Job Reference: 395-BD24-19

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Barking & Dagenham IAPT
Church Elm Lane Health Centre, Dagenham
£23,023 - £29,608 pa plus HCA

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant Talking Therapies Team. The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will work within Barking & Dagenham Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) providing high volume low intensity interventions which will include cognitive behavioural theory and practice through the provision of guided self-help and other evidence based step two interventions by both face-face and telephone.

We are committed to the continued professional development of our staff and we ensure there is adequate CPD opportunities for our PWP team. Last year this included treating social phobia at step two and problem descriptors training. The successful candidate will hold university degree in a subject enabling the post holder to demonstrate psychological mindedness: for example, a degree in psychology, health or social sciences AND a qualification from a recognised, accredited, post graduate PWP training programme.

The successful candidate will also have experience of working with mental health service users in an IAPT service in the NHS or voluntary sector

They will be able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of issues relating to mental health and mental health problems and an understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Therapy.

The main responsibilities of the post:

To assist with the provision of information/self-help material and support for self-help groups, under the supervision of a qualified mental health practitioner.
To assess and support people with common mental health problems in the self-management of their recovery
To make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering Barking & Dagenham IAPT referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or step the client up to high intensity or secondary care
To provide a range of information and support for evidence based low intensity psychological treatments which will include guided self-help, computerised CBT. This may be face-face, telephone or via other media
To contribute to programmes and groups involving the self-help and self-management of common mental health conditions programmes
To actively make use of clinical supervision for all client-related tasks in order to review and improve the effectiveness of interventions offered.
To complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Priority Post – Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 and maximum of £4,664).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Sarah Shillingford

Acting Clinical Lead

Vlad Iorga

PWP Team Lead

Both can be reached on 0300 300 1554 option 3

As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, a salary sacrifice car scheme, discount schemes, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.

We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics. We wish to reiterate that declaring a disability at the point of application, or at any point in a recruitment or selection process, will not count against any individual, nor prevent them from being shortlisted, subject to meeting the minimum criteria of the person specification.

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In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. .

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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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