Psychological wellbeing practitioner

Psychological wellbeing practitioners are trained to assess and support people with common mental health problems – principally anxiety disorders and depression – in the self-management of their recovery. 

This page has information on the role of a psychological wellbeing practitioner. It also includes information on the training and entry requirements for the role. 

Working life 

Psychological Wellbeing practitioners work to aid clinical improvement and social inclusion, including return to work, meaningful activity or other occupational activities. This is done through the provision of information and support for evidence-based low intensity psychological treatments, but also includes physical exercise and supporting medication adherence. 

As a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP), you’ll:

Who will I work with?

Treatment is provided to groups of people as well as to individual patients on a one-to-one basis, and is provided by telephone and increasingly through electronic media as well as face-to-face.You’ll work with adults, children and young people from many different  backgrounds.

PWPs work alongside high intensity therapists and other clinicians delivering evidence based therapies.

Where will I work?

You’ll typically work within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service which may be within a clinical commissioning group, specialist mental health trust or in the third or private sector. You’ll work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as high intensity therapists, employment advisers and other therapists and support staff. 

Training 

For PWP training, trainees will be employed in a trainee PWP role for the duration of their training. The training is commissioned by the NHS and delivered by local universities. It consists of 45 days of academic work (at one day per week) and four days supervised practice, usually distributed over two or sometimes three semesters.

PWP training is open to people from a range of educational and vocational backgrounds. Those with a degree will typically undertake a postgraduate certificate and those without a degree will normally undertake an equivalent graduate-level qualification. The training is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). PWPs who have completed an accredited course can join the BPS PWP register, or apply for recognition by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

You need to apply for a post as a trainee PWP in order to access the training. See the section on 'Job market and vacancies' below.

Entry requirements and experience needed

Training places are open to either:

Experience of working with people with mental health problems is essential.

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