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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/02/2020.

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Reference: 267-BM2222596

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Mental Health Services
Prospect House, High Wycombe
£21,089 to £23,761 per annum

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.

Would you like to train to be a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)? Healthy Minds Bucks, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) is expanding and has opportunities for Trainee PWPs to join our team.

Healthy Minds Bucks is a nationally recognised, high-performing and innovative IAPT service supporting around 10,000 adults every year to manage their common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. You will be trained to deliver effective, evidence-based psychological therapies over the phone, online or by direct face-to-face contact either individually or in groups.

Our service has over 120 staff including PWPs, High Intensity Therapists, referral coordinators, employment advisors, managers and administrators.

Our main bases are located centrally in High Wycombe in the south and Aylesbury in the north of the county. We run clinics from a variety of community venues across Buckinghamshire. There are currently vacancies for trainee PWPs in both High Wycombe and Aylesbury. ***If you wish to be considered for both locations, you only need to apply once but please make it clear in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for either base.***

Staff wellbeing is a top priority for us. We have a very active, award winning, wellbeing team within the service and work hard to ensure that a supportive, collaborative and productive culture is in place.

PWPs at Healthy Minds receive regular clinical supervision and clinical skills training. There is a wealth of opportunities for career development.

We’re looking for people who are compassionate, work well in a team, and have plenty of enthusiasm and motivation. You will need experience of working in a mental health setting and excellent written and verbal communication skills. If you think you have the qualities we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you. If shortlisted, you will be invited to participate in an assessment day in High Wycombe, on either 25th or 26th February 2020.

Successful applicants will be enrolled onto the 12 month PWP Certificate course at University of Reading, which starts on 22nd April 2020.

On successful completion of the course, you will progress from a Band 4 Trainee PWP to a Band 5 Qualified PWP.

Oxford Health NHS FT has a strong track record for supporting the development of psychological therapy services. The Trust has two IAPT services, a range of specialist psychological therapy services and employs over 300 psychological therapists. The Trust hosts the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology. Healthy Minds is actively involved in research, participating in local and national studies. The service benefits from being a member of the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network – Anxiety and Depression Network led by Professor David Clark.

Please note that this advert may close early if a high number of applications are received.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Joanna Wilkinson Step 2 Team Leader or Rachel Balster Lead PWP on 01865 901600.

  • 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 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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Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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