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Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Description

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

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. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure Barring Service and other relevant employment checks.


About Oxfordshire Mind
We’re Oxfordshire Mind, the mental health charity. We’re here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support. In Oxfordshire, we provide a range of support services from an information line to supported housing. With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem at some point in their lives, people need Mind more than ever.

About the Oxfordshire Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has contracted with the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust deliver a fully integrated IAPT service, with PML providing counselling services and Oxfordshire Mind providing Low Intensity (LI) interventions at Step 2, and Oxford Health delivering High Intensity Interventions (HI) at Step 3. The jointly managed service operates in line with the ‘stepped care’ model and the delivery of NICE approved psychological therapies ensuring smooth transitions between Steps 2, 3 and 4. The Step 2 service is delivered by a team of Mind workers. This service provides an accessible psychological therapy service across the county, delivering safe and evidence based NICE compliant treatments and offering patients improved choice. The service works with all GPs in the County and is open for self-referral.

Purpose of the job

  • Work under supervision in the IAPT service to provide brief telephone screening assessments and Step 2 courses within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Oxfordshire Mind and Oxford Health NHS Trust policies and procedures.

  • Conduct telephone assessments and determine the best course of treatment for individuals with the support and guidance of experienced supervisors.

  • Support the delivery of Step 2 CBT courses for anxiety and depression.

  • Contribute to the collation and analysis of course evaluation and feedback. Contribute to the administration of patient involvement records.

  • There may be opportunities in the future to apply for a trainee role as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).

  • We are looking for people who have energy, enthusiasm and relevant skills and experience in mental health.

  • All candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

    Essential criteria

  • Applicants are required to have at least 6 months experience of working with patients with mental health problems in particular anxiety and/or depression.

For more information please contact
Derek Scott ( Email address removed )

  • 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.

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