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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Band 5

Main area
Psychology
Grade
Band 5
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Each member of IAPT staff works one out of hours shift per week (12:00 - 20:00))
Job ref
220-CHS-3456786
Employer
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Crouch End Health Centre
Town
London
Salary
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum/pro rata incl applicable HCAs
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
01/11/2021 23:59

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By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

 


 

Job overview

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Lets-Talk is an innovative provider of a range of IAPT treatments for common mental health problems, serving a diverse patient population in the vibrant multi-cultural and multi-lingual borough of Haringey.  We have an excellent reputation and are known for our high quality of service delivery and service design.

The Post holder will be part of the Haringey IAPT Team, providing IAPT approved Step 2 interventions for mild to moderate mental health problems, and contributing to the development and maintenance of the service.  The post holder will be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures and utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

 

Main duties of the job

Under supervision, to manage a caseload of clients who have mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression referred and assessed by the GP, other professionals or self-referred and in collaboration with colleagues and under supervision, to provide a range of evidenced based brief interventions using guided self-help methods.

The successful applicant will work a combination of face-to-face and remote working.

The service is based in Crouch End Health Centre,but runs clinics in various community settings across the borough.  

The post holder will be helped to offer support and advice to Primary Care colleagues, and be involved in delivering mental health interventions (outreach groups and workshops) in the community.  The post holder will work closely with local GPs to facilitate appropriate referrals and high quality treatment for our clients.

The post holder will be expected to participate in supervision, team audit and governance systems and a personal training and development programme.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. Clinical Responsibilities
  • Under supervision, to manage a caseload of clients who have mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression referred and assessed by the GP, other professionals or self-referred.
  • To support and assist patient referral to other services as appropriate
  • In collaboration with colleagues and under supervision, to provide a range of evidenced based brief interventions using guided self-help methods
  • To ensure that work is patient focussed, responsive to need and culturally competent and sensitive
  • To assist in the running of self-help groups, activities and use of self-help material, information and other mental health resources as appropriate
  • To support practice staff in their management of patients with mental health needs.
  1. Clinical Governance
  • To follow Trust guidelines in relation to record keeping, data protection and confidentiality.
  • To collect data relevant to your work indicating performance outcomes.
  • To be responsible for conducting audit and research appropriate to the post.
  • To audit appropriate health information publishing findings where appropriate.
  • To keep professionally updated.
  • To work with the team in developing policies/guidelines appropriate to work/role and review effectiveness.
  • To work at all times within the policies and procedures of Whittington Health, advising managers when gaps within the policy framework are identified and when existing policy needs reviewing.
  1. Professional Development
  • To identify own training needs and take opportunity to update professional knowledge and skills through training programmes.
  • To participate in staff development and appraisal systems.
  • To continually evaluate own professional practice and develop new ways of working.
  • To actively participate in the development of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner role.

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Educated to degree level (Psychology or other related degree)
  • Hold an IAPT approved post-graduate qualification in 'Low Intensity Psychological Therapies"

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent written and oral skills in one to one as well as group situations
  • Able to work independently and effectively within a team
  • Well-organised and willing to learn new computer skills rapidly
Desirable criteria
  • Able to secure health information from relevant health specialists to inform the process of assessment
  • Previous work with computer databases and spreadsheets
  • Evidence of innovative thinking to meet challenging health needs.

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience in working in an IAPT service as a PWP, delivering evidence based low intensity interventions to primary care clients
  • Experience or understanding of mental health issues
  • Experience in working in a multicultural setting
  • Knowledge of a range of mental health issues
  • Be able to provide a range of brief solution focused interventions for adults who are experiencing mild to moderate emotional difficulties, particularly anxiety and depression
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working with other agencies statutory and voluntary
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Abie Thomas
Job title
Lead PWP
Email address
abie.thomas2@nhs.net
Telephone number
07908 147 671