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 (PWP). It also includes information on the training and entry requirements for the role. 

"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:

PWPs work alongside high intensity therapists and other clinicians delivering evidence based psychological therapies, as well as employment advisers and GPs.

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.


All PWPs will complete an accredited IAPT training course. The courses typically consist 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.

The PWP training is open to people with a range of experience. 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 courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

You need to apply for a post as a trainee or apprentice PWP in an IAPT service to access the training. See the section on Job market and vacancies below.

A level 6 apprenticeship for psychological wellbeing practitioners has 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. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

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.

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