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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Description

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health services and community services for more than one million people in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside and Glossop. The Trust’s Headquarters is based in Ashton-under-Lyne, ten miles north east of Manchester city centre.

The Care Quality Commission has rated the quality of services provided by the Trust as 'excellent', which underpins the Trust's vision to become a world-class provider of mental health care. In July 2008 we became the 100th NHS Foundation Trust which provides greater freedom to tailor our future plans to best meet the needs of the communities we serve and be more accountable to local people.

The Trust provides support to all new starters, in patient facing roles bands 1 to 4, to successfully complete the Fundamental Care Certificate standards relevant to their role. The certificate provides knowledge and skills to enable staff to perform safely and effectively.

All new starters to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS) will be recharged for the full cost of the check. Substantive staff can choose to spread the cost over their first three months’ salary or, if preferable, pay the full amount from their first months’ salary. Members to the Trust bank must repay the full amount from their first pay. The Trust encourages all staff and bank workers to registered with the DBS update service at an annual cost of £13, for bank members this is obligatory. The cost of an enhanced DBS check is £44 and for a standard check £26, both attract an administration charge of £350.

Bury Service:
The Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service is based in Humphrey House in Bury town centre. The building is located opposite Bury Market has new tram links and onsite parking for staff. The role will be carried out in health centres, community centres and GP practices throughout Bury.

The post holder will be required to be able to transport themselves to all areas of the relevant borough.

Role Summary:
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to join our innovative and dynamic team. The post holder will be required to deliver low intensity CBT based interventions to the adults of Bury. You'll gain valuable experience of working within a Mental Health Stepped Care model. This integrated service provides a range of therapies and interventions. You will be working within a multidisciplinary team of Primary Care mental health professionals. The service works with professionals across Primary Care settings. The post holder will have proficiency and qualifications in providing brief low intensity treatment, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and other interventions such as group work in relaxation, stress, mindfulness, sleep management. If you enjoy challenges, are motivated towards personal and professional development and committed to the care of adults with moderate to severe common mental health problems, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:

  • We are looking for a full time permanent qualified PWP .
  • Practitioners should hold the essential qualifications for providing low intensity interventions for people with mild to moderate common mental health problems
  • Manage risk to self and others in Primary Care and ensure safe transition of clients to secondary care services if necessary.
  • Be able to deliver a range of low intensity interventions in group settings. Eg Stress Classes, small therapy groups, health promotion.
  • Have a willingness to deliver and help develop a service for those people with common mental health problems and long term physical health conditions.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

  • Experience of working as Graduate Mental Health Worker (IAPT PWP),
  • Essential- Qualifications in Psychotherapeutic intervention (completed PWP IAPT training programme), e.g. NICE recommended psychological therapies
  • An interest/experience in Long term health conditions and co morbid presentations.
  • Use or access to a car or suitable means of transport to travel throughout Bury
  • Desirable-Experience of running groups of a psycho-educational nature
  • Ability to assess and manage risk and refer to appropriate services when necessary.
  • Experience of working in various different areas of mental health

For further details / informal visits contact:
Informal Contacts:

  • Leah Jowett (Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • Kate Kubacki (Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner)
  • Romanah Beg (Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner)

Contact Number:  ( Phone number removed ) 

The Trust is committed to improving the working lives of our employees. We actively promote equal opportunities, flexible working & staff support

We are committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children & vulnerable adults & expect all employees & volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments to regulated activities will require an enhanced DBS disclosure

  • Priority will be given to applications from NHS employees who have an at risk status
  • Applicants will be informed about the progress of their application following shortlisting. Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate the criteria listed in the person specification will be shortlisted for interview.
  • Please note that you will be contacted via email so it is important to check your spam filter, if any mail goes to your junk folder you will need to mark it as safe. Computer access is available via your local Job Centre & Library
  • The Trust reserves the right to close this post once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment
  • Applicants applying for this position who want to be considered under the disability 2 ticks scheme will be guaranteed an interview if they meet the essential criteria on the person specification for the post
  • Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact  ( Phone number removed )  at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post
  • Please consider your application carefully. If you are currently part of a lease car scheme with your current organisation, the Trust is not able to cover the costs of early termination charges
  • Please be aware that we have a strict policy on unsolicited contact from recruitment agencies. Please do not contact Recruiting Managers directly

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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