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. 

"Knowing that I am making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding and inspiring." Valeria Souza, psychological well-being practitioner

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Working life 

PWPs use a range of psychological interventions and skills to support individuals with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. PWPs work closely with other healthcare professionals including high intensity therapists, IAPT counsellors and employment advisers.

As a PWP you will:

Who will I work with?

Treatment can be delivered on a one-to-one basis either face to face, via telephone or online. Treatment can also be provided in a group setting. PWPs work with adults from many different backgrounds. PWPs work alongside high intensity therapists and other clinicians delivering evidence-based psychological therapies, as well as employment advisers and GPs.

Where will I work?

PWPs 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. PWPs may be based in a GP practice, healthcare centre or community venue such as a library or leisure centre.

Entry requirements and experience needed

Training places are open to either:

Experience of working with people with mental health problems is desirable, excellent interpersonal skills are essential.

Training 

You need to apply for a post as a trainee or apprentice PWP in an IAPT service to access the training. All PWPs will complete an accredited IAPT training course whic typically consists of 45 days of academic work (one day per week) and four days supervised practice, usually distributed over an academic year. Whilst in training PWPs are employed by a local IAPT service.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), PWP training is open to people with a range of experience. Graduates usually take a postgraduate certificate and those without a degree will normally do an equivalent graduate-level qualification. 

A level 6 apprenticeship has also been approved and is a great opportunity for people without a degree but with useful life experience, or who'd like to make a career change and contribute to the local community. To get onto an apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a healthcare provider.

Where the role can lead

As a qualified and experienced PWP you can apply for more senior posts at band 6, band 7 band 8a, with additional management and leadership responsibilities or clinical specialism.  

There are increasing opportunities for progression and career development including areas such as:

Some PWPs also train as high intensity therapists, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists and counsellors.

Pay and benefits

Your standard working week will be around 37.5 hours. As an trainee PWP, you’ll be paid on the Agenda for Change (AFC) pay system at band 4. After qualifying, you will typically be paid at band 5.

You’ll also have access to our generous pension scheme and health service discounts, as well as 27 days of annual leave plus bank holidays.

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